Photography in Aid To Children of Haiti (PATCH-Haiti) (Click on link for PATCH story)
UPDATE AUGUST 2012
PATCH RELIEF EFFORTS FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
TENTS DISTRIBUTION (2010)
Following the devastating earthquake PATCH has been involved in providing tents to some identified families homeless in Port-au-Prince.
Lavilia had been sleeping with two other relatives in this tomb-like shelter since the earthquake. She received a tent from PATCH after we met her.
Adeline and her 14-year old daughter slept in the street under a torn tarp. Adeline is all smile after receiving a tent from PATCH.
Ste Rose was feeding her baby grandson in the street when we met her. Her other grandson was with her also. They had no shelter. Subsequently she received a tent and a tarp from PATCH.
After Josette's shelter in the Champs de Mars was damaged by jealous delinquents, we moved her to another area of town she had identified and set up a tent for her. Josette has a 4-year old daughter Magdali, and rescued a 16-month old orphan, Rebecca. Rebecca's mother died in childbirth and her father was killed by the earthquake. They were Josette's neighbors. Josette took upon herself to care for Rebecca.
Shy, Rosemarie got a tent from PATCH. She had been sleeping in the street.
18-year old TiZo was sleeping with two other friends in a shack so small they could not lie down. His friends moved out. We gave TiZo a tent and a tarp to be more comfortable.
After he was injured when the family house fell on him, Rodenson (8 yr) had to have his right foot amputated. He and his two brothers and little sister Anne, his mother Carline and grandmother Miriam found a broken down pick-up truck to sleep in. We gave them this tent (blue tent). Later they received a second tent to be a little more at ease.
PATCH is now raising funds to provide the family a semi-permanent home. $1,500 is needed to build them a small house (wooden with corrugated iron sheets). The family has a small plot of land where it could be built. This would allow Carline, the mother, to restart a small business (beauty salon) from her house while being close to her young children.
At times Rodenson leans against his mother to find consolation from the ordeal of living in the street with a missing foot and no schooling.
Tents and Tarps are still needed in Haiti (July 2010).
To date PATCH has been able to provide 11 tents (dome tents, 8x8 ft, sleeping 4). Proceeds made during our last fundraiser (6/12/10 - see last photo) will help purchase 6 more tents (5 8x8 dome tents and 1 3-room Ozark Trail lodge for a family to be relocated in the province).
With the rainy season underway, many victims are still sheltered under nothing more than bedsheets. When it rains at night, they can't sleep and need to remain standing up in soggy ground. Semi-permanent or permanent shelters have not yet been built. Many people are still homeless and in need of shelter.
Your donations can help us provide more relief.
FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT RELIEF EFFORTS BY ORE AND PATCH, see MISSION TO HAITI, Carole's blog.
FROM HAITI WITH LOVE Note Cards.
These note cards are adorned with photos of Haiti by Carole Devillers. They are not commercially reproduced but printed with archival inks and suitable for framing. We have two sets of 6 different cards with envelopes to choose from: Children or Street scenes, all taken after the earthquake. Each packet is sold $20 (plus $3 Sh&H per set) and all proceeds wil be applied to relief efforts and used to help internally displaced victims of the earthquake.
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Please contact us by email to receive the photo files to choose from for donations mentioned above. Thanks.