Relevant Radio Donors Provide Vital Aid for Haitians Affected by Disaster
Monday, October 25, 2021 – On August 14th, 2021, Haiti was struck by a devastating 7.2 earthquake that caused widespread death and destruction across the island. Initial reports showed that 70% of homes in Les Nippes (the epicenter) were destroyed, and thousands were without shelter. Just two days later, Tropical Depression Grace hit the island and combined with the aftershocks to create landslides and unpredictable collapses.
However, thanks to our generous donors, Relevant Radio was able to help Haiti in a big way. During our August 2021 Pledge Drive, we vowed to commit 10% of our donations to aid Haiti. Listeners of Relevant Radio who so generously donated to keep us on the air were able to give around $320,000 to Catholic organizations, including $100,000 to Food for the Poor.
Food for the Poor is a charitable organization that has been in Haiti for almost 40 years, helping the impoverished and imprisoned. With our help, they were able to pack seven shipping containers full of supplies. They were able to provide medicine, clothes, and clean water for the Haitian people, as well as direct some of the money to the prison ministry.
Relevant Radio CEO, Rev. Francis Hoffman “Fr. Rocky”, expressed his gratitude for our donors, saying, “We are very proud of the Relevant Radio listeners and supporters who responded generously to help those most in need, bearing in mind what Jesus said: ‘Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, that you do unto me.'”
Delane Bailey, a representative from Food for the Poor, said that they are extremely thankful for the help the Relevant Radio family has been able to provide, and they were able to distribute the supplies to the following areas:
Health Centers and Hospitals in the Grand’Anse Department :
- Hôpital Saint Antoine de Jérémie
- Centre de Santé Léon Coicou
- Centre de Santé Mixte Notre Dame de Lamercie
Health Centers and Hospitals in the Nippes Department :
- Hôpital Luc Guillaume
- Hôpital Jules Fleury
As much progress as they have made, Haiti is still facing problems with gang-controlled regions and rebuilding its infrastructure, so please continue to pray and donate to help those in need. Soraya Louis, a Food for the Poor representative on the ground in Port-au-Prince, sent a personal thank-you to Relevant Radio and its listeners.