Political Unrest Shuts Down Haiti
Thursday, December 9th
Mendelson Cesar, our Haiti Director, has urgently requested prayer. Violent protests have essentially put Haiti in lock-down mode. Schools and businesses have closed, the airport shut down and the streets have emptied.
Please pray for:
- Safety for Mendelson, our staff, our sponsored children and their familes.
- An end to the violence.
- Businesses, schools and roads to reopen so our staff can continue to meet the needs of those around them.
The protests were prompted by disputed presidential election results which were announced Tuesday night. Frustration with the goverment has been steadily growing in Haiti for the last several months. The current violence is making life even more difficult and unsafe. Roads barricaded by protestors are preventing ambulances from reaching the sick and the sick are unable to get to hospitals or clinics. Most people are afraid to leave their homes.
Haiti has experienced difficulty after difficulty this year. Inflation has risen drastically and unemployment remains extremely high. Thousands are still homeless and living in tent cities after January's earthquake. Hurricane Thomas caused major flooding last month and cholera has killed 1,800 people and continues to spread.
Due to the terrible economic situation, many children have not been able to attend school. High inflation and high unemployment mean that many families are struggling just to survive and do not have money for school fees. Mendelson thanked Childcare Worldwide for making a big difference through our child sponsorship program which has kept our kids in school.
Now, more than ever, the need for food is critical. Along with all other goods, inflation has caused the price of food to increase drastically. Donate to our School Feeding Program to provide children with nutritious lunches and please continue to pray for Haiti.
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