Earthquakes in Haiti
Earthquake of 2021

Fr. Voltaire has reported that people in Gandou are alright following the earthquake, just afraid. When the earthquake happened, Father was saying Mass at one of the village chapels. They went outside and were able to finish the Mass. He doesn't believe there is too much damage in the area.   Most of the damage occurred in Jeremie and Les Cayes. Julien, our translator, who lives in Les Cayes, reports that things are bad in Les Cayes and his house is damaged, but he and his family are doing okay.

Earthquake of 2010

In addition to meeting with Fr. Nexcene and the local health workers, members of the group were able to examine the buildings in the church area and walk throughout the country side to see the individual homes. A survey had been done in the area and it reported that 636 homes were crushed and an additional 480 were damaged. Nearly one of every three homes in the area was affected and approximately 2000 people there are now homeless.  Fr. Nexcene received some tents from Caritas (internationally associated with Catholic Relief Services). Some of these were being used for the school, the remainder had been distributed to individual families.

Although some people have been able to find temporary shelter under tents, most of these tents will not be able to withstand the wind and rain of hurricane season. Many of the tents do not have floors, so when it rains, the ground turns to mud. Additionally, inside the tents is very hot during the day.
Although the school is still standing, a structural engineer has only cleared three of the rooms for use. School resumed at the beginning of March, with most of the classes being held in tents in the school yard. When school resumed, they were also able to resume the food program, which gives the school children one meal a day.
The church will need major repairs before it will again be useable. Mass is currently being held under tarps in the school yard. Fr. Nexcene reports that despite the lack of a church building, the faithful are still gathering to worship. Over 2000 people participated in their Stations of the Cross during Holy Week and 1000 people participated in a 3 day retreat at the beginning of Holy Week.​​

​News from Gandou - Right after the Earthquake
We received the following e-mail from Fr. Nexcene on Thursday morning, a day and a half after the earthquake:
With God's help we are Ok in Gandou. Only many of us have many houses which are broken. Part of the rectory is broken, the church is very damaged, the houses of many people in Gandou are destroyed. We need much aid for Haiti. We have many people in Haiti who have died. Gandou has many, most people who have lost all in their houses: money, clothes, furniture, etc. Everyone is praying for Haiti. At this time, it means a lot for us Haitians.
Thank you very much for thinking of Gandou right now. We are waiting for your presence, even if we do not have houses, we can sleep in tents. Please do not forget to bring air mattresses and if possible some soccer balls for the school children.
God Bless America,
Fr. Nexcene Confident
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