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Good News from Fondwa:

Good News from Fondwa:

by Justin on January 27, 2010

This is an e-mail we got today from our friend Dr. Rich Gosser, Executive Director or Partners in Progress – an American NGO partnered closely with the community of Fondwa.

After days filled with concern for the Sisters, children, and others in Fondwa and mounting frustration over the absence of relief coming to Fondwa there is some good news! Sr. Kay from Leavenworth was able to get through by telephone to Sr. Carmelle in Fonwa. The Sisters are OK, but feeling the stress of their circumstances. Sr. Kay reports “good news” though!

Earthquake Refugee Camp in Fondwa

Earthquake Refugee Camp in Fondwa

Sr. Judy Dohner, HM (who before the earthquake lived with the Sisters in Fondwa and worked in the medical clinic there) was able to get to Fondwa with two tents (and a crew to set them up) that will provide temporary shelter for the Sisters! Sr. Judy is also arranging for additional, substantial relief to be delivered by helicopter tomorrow!! This is some of the best news we’ve had and all of us – who are friends of the Sisters and others in Fondwa – owe her a debt of gratitude. Mesi anpil, Se Judy. – Thank you VERY much, Sr. Judy.

We also heard from the good people at Heart to Heart International (KS) that they were attempting to deliver more food and water to the Sisters and others in Fondwa. Heart to Heart is the first (and so far only) relief agency that has been to Fondwa. I congratulate their “extreme team” and other staff on the ground in Haiti and at their home office in KS for getting to Fondwa and then returning. Thank you!

The good people at CRS are also aware of the needs in Fondwa thanks to the many people who contacted the Baltimore headquarters. They are also aware of similar needs in Trouin, a little town near Fondwa and will be making their way there or passing along the responsibility to the agency assigned to that sector. Friends, I think we can stop banging on the door of CRS – at least for now! Thank you, Fr. Chris Promis, for fielding our calls and feeling our concern on behalf of the Sisters, kids and others in Fondwa and thanks to the staff of CRS who are working so hard to do their job on the ground in Haiti.

Another photo from the camp where the sisters are currently living.

Another photo from the camp where the sisters are currently living.

We expect additional news from Fondwa in the next day or so. The Sisters know that many people here are continuing to pray for them and that we love them. Let us continue to remember them and so many others in our prayers. Thank you all.


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