More than 1,000 killed by storm in Haiti; help is needed

I would like to give you an update on Haiti as I know it today. The latest report I received is that more than 1,000 people have been killed.

None of the homes in Gressier suffered any damage, as they are closer to the capital and most of the damage occurred in the southwest peninsula. As far as the Alpha community (located about 20 miles NE of Gressier) is concerned, there was minor damage.

I have been trying my best to get a report, but the staff at Food for the Poor are so overwhelmed with just taking care of the thousands of people who were in the path of the storm that they have not yet been able to get to that village. The homes that we build are supposed to withstand hurricanes, so I felt fairly good about the Gressier village.

However, I was concerned about the Alpha community, the village we have committed to helping over the next several years, consisting of 195 families living in tin shacks and makeshift tents. Hearing they only had minor damage was great news.

If you want to help, I strongly suggest you consider sending money to Food for the Poor Inc., 6401 Lions Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073.

I have been in Haiti many times and know this organization, and I have seen first-hand the work that they do. They have a staff of 500 people, and every day they feed more than 100,000 people throughout Haiti. They help with medical supplies, orphanages, working with the elderly and building homes and villages. They have a large warehouse and pay no tariffs on any product coming into Haiti.

Food for the Poor is the largest NPO in Haiti and will be the biggest help to the victims of this hurricane. I will do my best to keep you updated.

Ben Scott,
Boca Grande