Thankfulness

“Thank you so much, sisters and brothers! Without you, we would be dead.”
It’s three weeks since Hurricane Matthew left Sassier and Jeremie in shambles. Even though some food and other assistance has gotten through, very little has gotten to remote locations like Sassier. In part, the immediate needs of the people in Jeremie have absorbed most of the supplies thus far.  We know of towns larger than Sassier that have received no relief supplies at all. Things are getting desperate.
Fortunately, thanks to you all, the first 5,000 pounds of food arrived in Sassier last Friday and was distributed over the weekend. The rations were limited, but everyone got something.  All the food was purchased in Port au Prince and transported by a large bus that travels regularly to Jeremie.
Realizing the need was great, our team in Haiti arranged a much larger purchase this week including baby formula. Many children are becoming dangerous malnourished, so these will be life saving.
About 18,000 pounds of food and supplies arrived to our secure storage location in Jeremie about 2 a.m. this morning.  The trip over the mountains was slow, due to rain and the heavy load. This will provide about 400 families and more than 2,000 people with food for 7 to 10 days. This is the difference between survival and starvation.
We hope that larger international agencies will begin to get food out to rural areas, including Sassier, but it may take several more weeks.  Until then, we will continue to supply food and other necessary supplies to our sisters and brothers in the Sassier area, but only with your help.
If you open your heart’s ears, you will hear Sassier calling out to you, “Mesi anpil, sem ak frem yo!!? San yo pa ou, nou. ta te mouri. Thank you so much, sisters and brothers!! Without you, we would be dead.”  
The total cost of today’s delivery is $12,000.  We may need another one in just a week.  We need your help to continue the food supplies until international organizations step up.
We thank you more than words can express.  Please be as generous as you can.
More than 180 sacks of rice were delivered.

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