Rainy Day Blues

Rainy Day Blues

Rainy Day Blues The misery index in Sassier is rising. The Fall Rainy Season has arrived in the Sassier area, right about on time. Usually, the rains are welcome, as they provide moisture for the crops planted in the September. “The rains bring life,” people say. Good rains now mean a bountiful harvest in January. Crops like this one in Sassier have been washed away. After Hurricane Matthew, these same rains are unwelcome. Crops were already washed away. Homes with no roofs are soaked again. Travel becomes difficult on hilly, muddy roads. Fears of cholera rise as potential for flooding rises. In Sassier, it rained all day Sunday and intermittently since then. People who had left the shelter of the schools have returned. Their hopes of a quick recovery are being dashed by the reality of another month or so of rainy weather. There will be no harvest in January, nor will there be fruit from the trees that have been toppled or stripped of their leaves. Clothes won’t dry and what little the people still have may be ruined by prolonged exposure to moisture. Flu, bronchitis, pneumonia and other rainy season diseases will threaten children and others already weakened by malnutrition. Fear of cholera, which sickened hundreds and killed more than 30 in Sassier a few years ago, is rising. No cases yet, but there are never just one. The rains make it much harder to move food and other supplies to the Sassier area.  Our large dump truck, which can carry large quantities of food and supplies,  cannot make it up the hill to Sassier until the...

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Our Relief Efforts are Ongoing This is a marathon not a sprint, and we need your help.  Please consider donating by clicking the “Donate Now” button below. Thank you for your generosity! Donate Now This Week's Latest: Up On the Roof! Read More Celebrating the Return to School Update from Sassier – November 26, 2016 Read More Planting Dinner for February Update from Sassier – November 21, 2016 Read More New School Roofs Update from Sassier – November 10, 2016 Read More Twin Victories Update from Sassier – November 9, 2016 Read More Three Weeks Later, Reality Sets In October 26, 2016 Read More Thankfulness! Update from Sassier – October 21, 2016 Read More Rainy Day Blues Update from Sassier – October 19, 2016 Rainy Day Blues Rebuilding Lives and Communities October 14, 2016 Read More Green Shoots - Harbingers of Hope Update from Sassier – October 13, 2016 Read More “Life Restarts – Restart Life” Update from Sassier – October 12, 2016 Read More In Post-Hurricane Haiti, a Picture of the Human Toll Begins to Emerge The article below is taken from the front page of today’s Miami Herald. If features Concepcia Pamphile from our clinic in Sassier and the administrator of the hospital in Jeremie.  As you will see, the relief effort is underway and the work that needs to be done is great. Our Deacon Gerry Keenan is on the ground in Haiti this week, along with Jim O’Donnell.  They will be bringing bleach and cleaning soap as well as some money for the hospital.  Your contributions to the relief effort are an important step in dealing with the...