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We have confirmation this morning that Fr. Kerwin Delicat is okay! Joseph Vermeille reported to Terry Franzen:
I just talked to Rev. Yyan Francois who told [m]e that Rev. Kerwin Delicat is fine. We do not know Gressier [...]
He and others also report that Fr. Elie Charles, who was at Ste Croix when the first Minnesota-Haiti partnership began, and his wife are fine.
Several updates from around Haiti also came through yesterday, several of them via Lauren Stanley+. One that I missed yesterday:
John Talbird says: Just talked with Jean Jacques Deravil. He is at home. He, his wife, and daughter are safe.
Rev. Talbird was in Haiti to interview a candidate to lead the reopening of the Hospital St. Croix at Leogane.
Rees Johnson reports:
Carmel has set up a medical clinic at Croix des Bouquets and is using all of the supplies we left from our last mission trip and all the meds she has there in her program and those we left. She is making a big pumpkin soup to feed all of those people who are hungry.
which sounds precisely true to form. Mary White of CHAP, the non-profit that funds Carmel’s nutrition program, Lespwa Timoun, reports from a conversation with Carmel and Pere Val’s children:
[T]heir house is still standing but they are afraid to go in for long, just dash in to get something, as most of their neighbors homes have collapsed. They have lost many friends. The water system, church and school in Crois-des-Bouquet are OK, just the wall collapsed, the new walls on the building and the perimeter wall at Lewspa Timoun have all collapsed. The church at Gorman is destroyed. Praise God the school and church at Thomazeau appear to be OK.
The Sisters of St. Margaret posted on their website that they’ve found housing for the Sisters in Haiti. David McNeely has a house in Delmas, and they were able to determine that it was still standing. He reports:
She said they will try to make their way to our place with the help of the driver from St. Vincent’s today. … Soeur Marie was relieved to have a place to go to. She said “Nou pas ka rete la!” [we can't stay there!] [in the field]. I told her to do all they can to get to the house because there will soon be spread of typhoid, malaria, and other illness.