As of Monday, August 16, news reports estimate that more than 1,200 people have lost their lives as a result of the earthquake that impacted Haiti on Saturday. Here is a message from Rapha International leadership:
Thank you all for the concerned messages and urgent prayers for Haiti. Rapha International’s staff and girls are all safe after this weekend’s earthquake. It was felt strongly in the Port au Prince area, but no damage or injuries were reported in the city.
The southern region of Haiti was hit hard. We have heard heartbreaking stories, like the church that collapsed during a baptism service killing at least 20 people (mostly children) and injuring more. We have seen the pictures and videos. We are hearing from friends who slept outside last night (along with everyone else in their neighborhoods) because the aftershocks continue and it doesn’t feel safe to be inside.
This crisis only adds to the terror and turmoil that are rampant in Haiti. Communities already oppressed by violence are now trying to cope with the tragedy and fear that come with a natural disaster.
See Rapha’s latest blog post to learn more.