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Letter dated September 7, 2008 (continued)

...in our finances.  The budget for renovations is close to what we have raised.  We are hoping to apply for Rotary International grant funds to pay for those aspects of the renovation that have to do with the toilets, showers and kitchen.  Once that is done we will complete the painting, concrete work, roof repair, etc with the funds you have contributed.  We will keep you posted on those actual figures as they come in to us.

The set back is the $10,000 matching funds, I so heavily touted, did not materialize.  The man who had committed to matching what we raised turned out to be a fraud and is now under indictment for failing to follow through on numerous other contractual obligations.   We went through a period of anguish over this as we had made commitments in Haiti for both the orphanage and Good Samaritan Home for Seniors that we were unable to follow through on. 

Our spirits have recovered however, and rather than focusing on what we cannot do we are focusing on what we can do.  What we can do is send money every month to feed the seniors.  The cost is $770 a month to provide beans and rice for 30 seniors.  So far we have sent enough money for three months.  The September amount will be sent shortly.  Whenever possible we are finding people to hand carry the funds as it costs $45 to send by wire.

We have also been put in touch with two foundations and have submitted grants to them for a variety of support.

What is needed right now is a way to support the food needs of the seniors while keeping our cash balance up high enough to complete the renovations.  So far we have monthly food pledges totaling $270.  So, rather than focusing on building up our cash reserves for construction and renovation we are appealing to those with the means to do so to make a monthly pledge of whatever amount they are comfortable making in order to fulfill our commitment to feed the seniors.  Another possibility is to go to your home congregations and make an appeal to send a small monthly donation.  Even $10 a month will be helpful.  As evidenced by this news report, the food needs of the poor in Haiti are unfathomable. 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/29/food.internationalaidanddevelopment

We cannot feed everyone, but we can feed these few seniors who, without our support, could be slowly starving to death.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment!

Deborah

PS…There has been severe flooding from the last two hurricanes but Jeremie has had no direct hits by the high winds.  Hurricane Ike has also not landed directly on Haiti but the torrential rains and flooding it has caused has put some cities under water and washed out roads that could be used to truck in relief.  Jeremie is not among the worst hit and our children and seniors are safe as of the last report.  However, the severe weather has knocked out the satellite communication system so we have received no direct word from them by either phone or email in 5 days.

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