In the summer of 2014, Wilflo Fontus was the victim of a violent attack that left him paralyzed from the waste down. Wilflo nearly lost his life that day and since then has faced down challenge after challenge with incredible strength, grace and faith. Wilflo is now the coordinator of social services at St. Luke's Hospital, a role he actively sought out and has embraced with full heart.Read More
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"As we accompany our neighbors in rural Haiti, after the devastation of hurricane Matthew, it is clear that they are eager to replant their gardens, fix their roofs, replace their drowned livestock.
They are eager to give their children something to eat for today, and an education and skill that will make them independent tomorrow.
Unlike a shooting start that cannot be followed to any destination, or even admired for very long, the dream of the rural Haitian people is rather like the north star, a compass and guide, steady and clear."
Since the day after hurricane Matthew, we have been scrambling to respond to many pleas for help, mostly from friends.
One of those pleas has been a pretty continuous call from Fr David Fontaine, a brother priest who was begging for help for three cut off and isolated areas: D'Asile, Grand Boucan and Baraderes.
While traveling to Abricot (Jeremy) and Dame Marie in the days right after Matthew to reach our staffs there, (even cutting our way through the fallen trees to get there), I was on the email constantly trying to get a helicopter to reach Fr David and his flock in these three places.
Three days ago, after one aborted try to get to D'Asile by land, we were finally able to get there with food and water- after two blown truck tires and getting stuck in the mud in two different river crossings.Read More
Yesterday, leaders from the St. Luke team traveled to visit the communities in the south of Haiti impacted by Hurricane Matthew, and to investigate, firsthand, the extent of damage to St. Luke schools and facilities.Read More
It was windy, dark and rainy, and Raphael was already waiting for me 1 kilometer away at the Haitian side of the border. The border was closed, and we were the only vehicles on the road and I the only person to cross the closed border- thanks to the help of Susi and Kieran on the DR side and Rapho’s contacts on the Haiti side.
It seems no one wants to drive into a hurricane.
I didn’t either, but it was my place to be back with everyone else and shoulder whatever was coming together.
I crossed the kilometer of barren land between the two borders on a small motorcycle, drenched in rain, holding a big umbrella, my luggage on my knees. It was the only way.Read More
After years of experience with hurricanes, we are preparing for the worst in Haiti.
The winds have begun and the hard rains will follow soon. Sadly, the vast majority of Haiti is in a terribly vulnerable situation.