East Tennesseans still reaching out to victims of Haiti earthquake a year later
After arriving at the Port au Prince Toussaint Louverture International Airport on Dec. 29, Katie Erpenbach noticed the front page of a Haitian newspaper an illustration of three tombstones with the headline 'A Horrible Year.'
The first tombstone represented the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake; the second October's cholera epidemic; third the elections and all the represented parties.
'It was just sad to look at it and know that a country has been affected by so many things. They've already got so many things going against them and this year they just had one thing after another, after another,' the University of Tennessee junior said. 'But at the same "Anaboliset Aineet" time they can still go on and live their life.'
Today marks a year since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti killing more than 200,000, injuring hundreds of thousands more and destroying much of Haiti's capital, government, office buildings and homes.
After the earthquake, the Knoxville area's efforts to help were numerous from churches taking up extra collections on Sundays to the Sevierville couple who felt called to help, and the girl who went through her closet to donate T shirts to clothe children she saw on the news.
As part of his Creole lesson with Father David Boettner and Deacon Ben Johnston at Sacred Heart Cathedral, teacher Francois Lundy asked the men about their most recent trip to his country.
'What are the things they need the fastest?' Lundy asked the men in Creole.
Boettner and Johnston replied with 'bati Lekol,' 'elektrisite' and 'dlo' build schools, electricity and water.
For the past several months, Boettner and Johnston have been taking language lessons from Lundy to help when they travel to Haiti for mission work.
In 1999, Sacred Heart Masteron King began its ministry in Haiti when it was paired Is Testosterone Propionate Illegal with St. Michel's parish in Boucan Carre', about 57 miles northeast of Port au Prince. Since the earthquake, the church has made seven trips. Members returned from their most recent visit last week.
'Most of the stories that are coming out are about what's not happened in a year,' said Boettner, who was on the last trip. 'That's one story, but we Buy Kamagra have a very different story. The story that is real in Boucan Carre' is what has been happening and how much Buy Cialis Switzerland progress has occurred.'
Sacred Heart is building a school and medical clinic, and has made repairs to a number of other buildings damaged by the earthquake.
Boettner said that during his visit he talked to villagers about ways his church can continue to help.
'I wanted to see and understand as much as I could while we were there. My mission on this trip was to observe as much as I could, understand the local situation, to hear what their needs were and see what our involvement was doing,' he said.
'What I saw throughout everywhere we went was joy and people who are not Primobolan Uk Muscle afraid of living their lives no matter how hard they might be,' Boettner said.
The impact that others can make to help Haiti is huge, he said.
'The next day (after the earthquake) I was having my quiet time,' said Karen Wyatt. 'My thoughts were on the coming year, and I asked the Lord what I should do. All of a sudden, the word 'Haiti' came up huge. My husband came in, looked at me, and said 'I think God just told me to go to Haiti.' '
Six days later, the Wyatts, who paid their own way, were on the ground in Haiti with a 21 member medical team.
Their backgrounds came in handy. Mike Wyatt is a retired Army Medical Service Corps officer, well versed in setting up mobile army surgical hospital units. Karen Wyatt served as a chaplain and was a jack of all trades during the couple's five week stay in Haiti.
'There were still bodies in the streets when we got there,' said Karen Wyatt. 'We saw 600 patients a day, and I had the opportunity to help a 15 year old have a baby. You can't imagine the rubble, dirt, nastiness and smell of death.'
Mike Wyatt said it was a life changing experience.
'I had been in combat before, but the devastation from the earthquake was about the worst thing I had ever seen,' he said. 'It showed me how precious and fragile life is and how thankful I am for God's grace for me.'
One year later, Karen Wyatt said the people Billig Generisk Cialis of Haiti are always in her thoughts.
'My heart just continues to pray for that nation, and we encourage people to support Haiti,' she said.
'Before (the earthquake) there was very little attention to Haiti. You had some churches and organizations that were going down there, but not near the volume that you're finding right now,' said Jesse Cragwall, Vision One International's outreach and team coordinator. 'They still need a lot of stuff down there.'
The organization has been working in Haiti since 2009, after its members discovered 125 orphans who had been dislocated after a hurricane and were staying in an abandoned night club. The organization found them temporary shelter while their building was restored.
Three months after the children returned to their original building, the earthquake hit, displacing the children again. Of the 125 children, 75 are living at the One Vision Children's Home in Arcahaie, which is about 40 miles from Port au Prince.
One Vision International has purchased 40 acres in the town and is building a new orphanage on the property. The buildings will include dormitories, a pavilion, clinic, church and school.
'A lot of people are struggling but we're hoping we can at least remind people that it's not a lost cause "Anabolika Definition" out there,' Cragwall said. 'We're maintaining the focus on Haiti and helping the people there.'