August 2010 Special Report

by Tim Scordato

   

    

If there was ever a time to read the writing on the wall, now is the time. And it reads: “Nou pare pou rabati Ayiti, e ou?”  We are ready to rebuild Haiti, and you?

For years this saying has been painted on LCS’s front wall, but little did we know that the words would one day have such a literal meaning for us. Since the earthquake in January, this mantra has gone from motto to battle cry; it has morphed from abstract to concrete.

Always placing the needs of others first, the THP/LCS community, here and in Haiti, went right to work in January to find medical attention for the injured, to feed those in need of emergency food and to clear debris from our neighborhood and helping our friends do the same in their areas. Noting the critical need for housing and the stability it would create, THP/LCS early on turned its relief focus toward building permanent housing for those whose homes were destroyed or helping to repair those which were damaged.

 

by Elissa Kergosien (LCS Staff)

In July, The Haitian Project’s new group of year-long Volunteers traveled from all over the U.S. to participate in Volunteer Orientation in Clemson, South Carolina, where THP’s growing support community generously provided housing for the Moynihans and the Volunteers. Orientation was filled with lots of questions from our incoming group and a healthy dose of community service.