By Costa Rica Relief Team (Originally in Spanish)
In the wake of Tropical Storm Chantal, Haiti was inundated with heavy rains in July 2013. Upon hearing of this, our beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai sent US$8,000 in relief funds with caring instructions to our local Association members to provide aid to those affected. Soon a team from our Association’s Costa Rica Center traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. With the help of local minister Pastor Ezequiel, the team quickly began to assist those in urgent need of food.
The team delivered rice, beans, sugar, cooking oil, corn flour and spaghetti to 200 families and seven orphanages in the towns of Cité Soleil, Delmas, Pétion-Ville, Rue de Freres, Sad, La Ville, Croix-des-Bouquets, and Fond Baptiste.
The director of one orphanage had been ill for some time and was thinking of closing the facility because he was unable to work. In addition, the children had gone many days without food, so when we arrived they began singing joyfully that they would have dinner that night.
Meanwhile, the 27 orphans residing at another facility had lost everything in the floods and were staying temporarily at another place. These youngsters had also been without food for some time before we arrived with Master’s loving supplies.
At another orphanage high in the mountains, almost all the resident children had different kinds of infections. Furthermore, insufficient food supplies had made them extremely weak. But through Heaven’s blessing, they were visited by a doctor who administered medication right before our team arrived with food.
At the Orphanage Bon Samaritain, home to 115 orphans, the director had recently passed away. Therefore, the facility faced a challenging situation in trying to provide for the children. However, thanks to Master’s generous help, the children had plenty to eat while the staff sought funding for the orphanage.
In addition, the 200 flood-affected families helped by our team were delighted to receive their supplies and expressed deep gratitude to Master, because food was like a treasure to them during that difficult time, when thousands of families and hundreds of orphanages were in need of food. Before they had easy access to rice and beans, but in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Chantal, these commodities became expensive, and sometimes people could only buy bread. The same went for the orphanages, where sometimes the children had only bread and sweetened water throughout the day.
The families and children in the orphanages were delighted and deeply grateful to receive Master’s help and kindness, saying that they could feel God’s love and concern for them, and they felt as if the supplies were coming directly from Heaven. As the people said, only God could know how much they needed the food. They had been praying and praying. It was especially urgent for the orphans who did not want the orphanages to close. These children had already lost their birth families, and to lose their new families would be doubly painful. The orphanages had been started by pastors and their wives who already had their own children, but felt the call of God to open their homes and bring the orphans in. Now these large, loving families expressed their sincere appreciation for Master’s compassionate aid, which would help them overcome their ordeals and continue to live together.
We thank Master for listening to the prayers of the people of Haiti, especially the children living in orphanages who wished to stay with their new families. We also thank Master for the food provided to those affected by Tropical Storm Chantal, and for the opportunity to deliver help to those less fortunate in their time of need. Seeing the people’s faces filled with joy was deeply rewarding and uplifting for us.
Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai for Tropical Storm Chantal Relief Work in Haiti
|Food: (rice, beans, sugar, cooking oil, spaghetti and corn flour)||6,380||A|
|Transportation (airline tickets, food-transport fees, gasoline and hotel fees)||1,620.42||B|