NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — A chorus at the First Haitian Baptist Church in Norwich could be heard singing inspiring songs Monday morning. For many church members, this is a time of deep concern after another earthquake hit Haiti this weekend.
“It was a big shock,” said Pastor Estime Jozile.
He says the immediate family members of his parishioners survived Saturday’s earthquake. Some though have relatives who lost their lives, their homes, and their businesses.
“Their cousin was passed but their mother living in almost the same house very close… their mother is still alive,” said Pastor Jozile.
The church plans to try to raise money so it can send financial help to the country.
Also in Norwich is the Haitian Health Foundation which has been supplying aid to the country for close to 40 years.
“A lot of destruction, a lot of houses destroyed, stores, churches, schools,” said Nadesha Mijoba, the Haiti Country Director for the Haitian Health Foundation.
She lives in Jeremie which is on the southern peninsula where the earthquake hit.
“I can’t even describe what I feel emotionally because just a few years ago we went through Hurricane Matthew,” said Mijoba.
She says because of the damage to roads and bridges and the gangs which have also shut down the highway from the capital Port-au-Prince, it’s hard to get supplies in, so financial donations would be most helpful.
“We would like to really support the local economy because the small vendors are really suffering,” said Mijoba.
That suffering could soon be compounded because families petrified to be in their homes are now living on the streets as a tropical storm arrives.
“It’s going to have an incredible health impact and incredible sanitation problem,” said Mijoba.
And as she says another item to add to the long list of traumas suffered by Haiti.
Pastor Jozile went on a mission to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince to try to help with that recovery.