I was able to get through to Haiti via phone for the first time just a few minutes ago. I spoke with Pastor Wilbert Placide who is our Director of operations for our organization.. It was so good to hear his voice. There has been no change as to our previous report with regard to all our students and staff.. Everywhere he has been able to get through by phone everyone is safe.. Still no report as to how all the children are in our three Port au Prince schools. The Diquinni school which is on the west side of PAP is not damaged and the teachers are all safe but still no word from many of the children that attend. The hardest thing is there is no or little contact with phones but we should know more in the next day or two.
Jacmel is very bad.. All our children and staff are accounted for and everyone is safe. The schools in Jacmel and surrounding area are fine but there are many building that are down. Everyone has been told not to go into their homes. All our staff, students and orphans are sleeping out in the fields at night time on or in our vehicles. The road is blocked to PAP but motor cycle tapp tapp's are able to get through.. Miles and Rosemary are trying to leave the country today...
There is an estimated 2 to 3 thousand dead in Jacmel with several thousand injured. There were whole schools in Jacmel that collapsed with all the children and teaches killed. None of these were our schools. Everyone is trying to help dig in the rubble to try to find survivors.
Pastor told me about the Peace of Mind hotel that it is flat. No word about our friends if they survived.
They are starting to run out of water and food. The road is open to the pumping station so we are going to try to get water with our water trucks to bring water into the city to give to the people... we need your help .... please send in donations as soon as possible.. we are starting to pack one container of food from Prairie Gleaners today or tomorrow and hope to ship it in the next week or so..
We are also collecting anything that we can send on another container filled with generators, clothing, lumber, and whatever else people are able to send. I will post that contact information later... Thank you to those that have sent funds in already... Bob & Linda