Donations Needed for Masks and Buckets for Clean Water Stations
to Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus
The coronavirus made its way to Haiti, considered the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. The situation is dire and becoming rapidly disastrous. In the United States we can wash our hands as soap and clean water are plentiful. But in Haiti, both are scarce.
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. Medical facilities are not accessible for many people and are not equipped to handle this virus with limited or no supplies.
In Haiti, many work each day to afford food for that day. Without the ability to work, there may not be food. Even with means to purchase food, there often isn't food to buy. Food is most often purchased in open markets. Masses of people buy and sell at these markets. Social distancing is not an option.
Please help to save one life!
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 pandemic crisis.
Your donations will help establish clean water and soap washing stations in the market areas and churches where Haitians commonly go to worship and socialize. Pastor Marky Kessa pleads that we help save one life as he has assembled a task force to sew face masks for the masses to control the spread of the virus as best they can.
Jackie Rychel, Ministry in Mission, reports:
COVID-19 made its way to Haiti. Unlike most developed countries, Haiti cannot "social distance" from each other. Families of 6-10 or more people live in houses the size of an average American bedroom. They take turns sleeping, so each one can have a few hours of sleep in the bed if they even have a bed.
Shopping is done daily in an open market to buy food for a meal. Clean water is not readily available for drinking, let alone washing of hands. The medical system can barely support cuts and scratches so a pandemic is out of the question.
The President of Haiti announced to the public that everyone should wear a mask. Pastor Marky Kessa has built a task force to sew masks for the community of Jacmel, Haiti and beyond. The masks are one resource, clean water and soap are another. Donations for these items could save lives in Haiti.
Clean water stations will be set up in the highly populated market areas for hand washing and masks will be distributed as fast as they can be made. Buckets and soap can be distributed to remote areas where there is no water and more elderly residents.
Donations to help the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere battle through COVID-19 could potentially save at the very least one life. The cost to make one mask is $1.00.
Thirty dollars will buy enough rice, oil, maggi, canned fish, spaghetti, and soup to feed one person two meals a day for three weeks.
Please prayerfully consider making a monetary donation to enable Lutheran Church Charities to continue to send emergency funds for life-saving supplies and food to Haiti during the current health crisis.