Haiti is considered the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country and, according to the Portland Press Herald, doesn’t have any resource to fight back the coronavirus epidemic as the virus starts to spread inside the densely populated nation of roughly 11 million people.
Haitians rushed to buy food, gas, soap and face masks last Friday after the announcement of two imported cases of the coronavirus was made.
According to the United Nations, some 35% of Haitians lack basic drinking water services and two-thirds have limited or no sanitation services, making it extremely difficult for people to regularly wash their hands as recommended to deter the spread of the coronavirus.
Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) continues to work through our Haiti Mission Partners, Ministry in Mission and Mission: Haiti to send emergency funds to Haiti during the current health crisis.
Jackie Rychel, Ministry in Mission, reports:
I’m in Haiti right now waiting for American Airlines to take me home. This population cannot manage social distancing. They live in houses smaller than most of our bathrooms. They shop in very crowded open markets and ride in packed tap-taps which are converted pick-up trucks with benches in the back. Haiti just reported their first 5 COVID-19 cases. Lord have mercy!
Please prayerfully consider making a monetary donation to enable Lutheran Church Charities to continue to send emergency funds to Haiti to help provide food for Haitian adults and children.
Thirty dollars will buy enough rice, oil, maggi, canned fish, spaghetti, and soup to feed one person two meals a day for three weeks.