Here are images of the recent devastation in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. Following is the most recent communication received by Dick Flesher. Click each photo for a larger view.
Friends of Schools Count Corp.,
This information came from the lead administrator, and founder, at Bèl Platon, Mr. Tony Delus via Erik at Haiti Partners. It just came a couple of hours ago and details what is taking place on the ground in this small village in Haiti. What is written in italics comes directly from Tony in Bel Platon. It is both devastating and heartbreaking. Photos can be found on the Haiti page.
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Thank you, Dick Flesher
Thank you for your message. I tried to send some messages, but they wouldn't go through.
In the community of Bèl Platon:
With respect to the school facilities, there is no damage except for the church building which was torn open. There are real problems at the school now. Parents don't have anything to give their children to eat. Students with destroyed houses have nowhere to stay. It's even hard to find tarps to put over the roofs of houses. We've had 80 children return to the school. Another 40 that enrolled haven't shown up yet. We told parents repeatedly to send their kids even if they haven't paid their fees yet, because we know they don't even have enough money to eat...
For the time being we have purchased some tarps in order to wall off classroom space where children can sit. But since it's not covered, when the rain comes we cannot work. Tables get wet. It's only through awareness that we're holding up.
These numbers are, of course, estimates. That said, there’s no doubt that Matthew wreaked havoc in Bèl Platon and that basic needs - food, treated water, shelter - will be an issue for some time into the future.
Please see the attached pics. I’ll share more info as I learn more.
Erik, Haiti Partners.