-- Dr. John Carroll
This commentary is from Pat Sloan of Hands Helping Haiti. The website gives some information, and here's more:
Our group is a 501(c)(3). We have people involved primarily between Peoria and Rockford, Illinois. We sponsor a clinic in Hinche and just built a school last year near Jacmel. We sponsor a number of children and the school as well. We have 4 Haitian staff.
Thank goodness our school and staff are OK. All the children we've found have been OK, although most of their houses have been damaged or destroyed. We stay somewhat in contact, but it is very difficult, because the cell phone system is not working well and they are not getting new fuel for their generators yet.
We do at least one medical clinic per year which involves 12 - 20 from the states and about the same number from Haiti. We will be rescheduling our trip for as soon as we can. We've been preparing for months to go down Feb. 1, but that won't happen now.
I help with the clinic and the school construction, but mostly now about our water filter project which we were on the verge of starting production. It will be somewhat delayed, but this earthquake just points out even more that safe drinking water is of utmost importance.
-- Pat Sloan