God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
The coronavirus outbreak is profoundly affecting all our lives. As I write this message, I am praying that you and your family are healthy and safe in this time of crisis. I am also praying that God will help the children and families of Haiti.
Over the past few weeks, I have been in constant communication with my mother who is currently sheltered in place in Mirebalais, Haiti. Mirebalais is where the Haiti Micah Project’s orphanage is located and where we do our work. My mother has provided me with firsthand information on the situation there.
Unfortunately, while the Haitian government and world health officials have tried to prevent the coronavirus from infecting the population, the virus has nonetheless entered the country. Haitian doctors are now treating patients who have tested positive and those with whom they have been in contact. In your thoughts and prayers, please consider the implications of the coronavirus in Haiti. Read more about how the Haiti Micah Project is combating Covid-19, and how you can support us in doing so.
Here at home, with all our wealth and resources, we are already seeing how the virus is straining the capacity of the American health care system. In contrast, Haiti already lacks the doctors and infrastructure to adequately serve its population. The cruel reality is that Haiti is completely unprepared to deal with a surge of coronavirus infected patients. Haiti’s medical professionals are crying out for help. Doctors and nurses are already having to treat sick patients without masks and other necessary protective gear. This is why our programs need your donations now more than ever.
The days and months ahead will be incredibly challenging for Haitians who lack essential supplies like food, clean drinking water, drugs and medical supplies. I am concerned about the sick and those who are so vulnerable to contagion. I am concerned about continuing social strife, and the children and young people who have no access to education.
For 15 years, the Haiti Micah Project has been serving the youth of Mirebalais, and we have had a tremendous impact on their lives. At this time of crisis, we are grateful for our dedicated staff in Mirebalais who continue to do heroic work and risk their lives to ensure that the needs of our children are met. We are equally grateful for the community leaders who volunteer on our Board in Mirebalais. Their leadership and support will ensure that we are able to serve the community with integrity and transparency.
We give God thanks for you and your unwavering support over the years. Thank you for your willingness to walk the journey with us through hurricanes and the earthquake, and now this coronavirus outbreak. While we have our problems here in America to address, it is important to also remember God’s children in Haiti. Please keep them in your prayers.
May God continue to watch over you and protect you and your loved ones!
The Rev. Joseph M. Constant