Prayer for Families in the Caribbean

Written by Plant With Purpose on August 24, 2011 in General

by Corbyn Small

In very recent news there has been a lot of talk about disaster preparedness. From an earthquake in DC yesterday, to Hurricane Irene, which is currently passing over islands in the Caribbean and heading toward the U.S. coastline, people are taking a second look at whether or not they are ready for inclement weather or a natural disaster to strike.

When that concern arises within our own borders it is hard to imagine what individuals are experiencing in developing countries. There are countless families in the Dominican Republic, and whole communities of already displaced peoples in Haiti, who have an extreme lack of access to resources that could shelter them against emergency situations.

Yahoo! news reports that, “In the Dominican Republic, flooding has stranded at least 85 communities and nearly 32,000 people have been evacuated. Emergency crews equipped with lifejackets and ropes on Wednesday rescued families whose homes were being flooded by a swollen river in the city of San Cristobal, just west of the capital.”

Our Program Director, Armando Osorio, is in the Dominican Republic right now and has shared that many of the communities where we work have been hit hard by the wind and rains. He says it is difficult to obtain information during national emergencies in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, especially since phones and computers are largely unavailable to many of the farmers we work with. Many people are left literally and figuratively in the dark. He managed to send pictures from his journey up the main highway connecting Santo Domingo and Santiago, the two largest cities in the Dominican Republic.

So far we do not have any reports of mudslides, which is good news because that can be a major cause of destruction and deaths in these mountainous regions. Tomorrow, our Dominican field agents will venture into communities on roads that are nearly impassible except by four wheel drive vehicle (motorcycles are out of the question) in order to assess damages and next steps if they are needed. We will continue to keep you all updated and we ask for your prayers for the affected communities we work in. Also, please pray for our staff as they assess damages and mobilize to meet the greatest needs to support communities and families.

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