Our UConn School of Nursing colleague, Bette Gebrian, has been working in Haiti for several years under the auspices of the Haitian Health Foundation. We have just heard from Mary Snayd of the foundation who reports:
We still don’t have much to report on the earthquake – communication is difficult because of phones aren’t working. I’ve been in touch with Bette and Sister Maryann, who are safe. The Clinic also appears fine. Jeremie is about 100 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake – however, they DID feel it – the ground shook for about 20 seconds and there were aftershocks throughout the night. Reports are still coming in – but we do know that buildings have been reported as damaged or destroyed, and it’s certain that the rickety housing of the poor has suffered – flimsy even in good weather – however, we are just praying that there are no injuries or deaths. We are trying to contact all of our staff and volunteers in Haiti – some of whom are in Port au Prince. Nearly all have relatives and friends in Port au Prince, so they are all very worried. We anticipate a lot more pressure on the Clinic and our services as earthquake refugees flee to Jeremie.
I hope to be able to have some more news soon – please know that I have relayed the absolute love and concern that has been pouring out by email… We will we assessing injuries and damage, but it will take a while – we care for 225,000 people in 100 rural villages – some as far away as 18 hours by foot. Communication is very difficult to the most rural areas. We will try to post any updates to our website.
Donations may be made on the Haitian Health Foundation Web site: http://www.haitianhealthfoundation.org/