On Saturday, October 6, at about 8:11 PM a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck northwest Haiti, its epicenter about 11 miles outside the city of Port-de-Paix. It was followed by strong aftershocks that were felt as far away as Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. So far, seventeen people have died; 353 houses were destroyed; and 7430, damaged. However, with time these figures will probably rise.
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Tee Shirts For Soccer Finals – Roger Jean, (aka Tiden), our friend and long-time main driver, unloaded the parish twinning program sea container yesterday and this morning the truck was unloaded here in Gros Morne and in Garcin. Our yearlong QUEST volunteer, Sofia Pascual, who started the after school sports program, brought the tee shirts to the boys' final games today.
In December of 2016, Sr. Elisabeth Ides, a member of our General Government, and liaison with AFJM groups throughout the Congregation, visited Haiti. Her principal purpose for going was to connect with the AFJM in Port-au-Prince, a group deeply affected by the loss of Sr. Isa Sola, who had started the group. Given below are Sr. Elisabeth’s reflections on that visit.
From November 17-30, former Quest Volunteer, Aileen Reid, and current volunteers Pujan Mapchan and Geri Lanham, distributed 60 filtration systems through the program Water with Blessings.
During those two weeks the three went to different areas of greater Gros Morne often accompanied by two local female agronomy technicians, to educated the communities not only on the filters but the importance of clean water.
THE SEED OF A MUSIC PROGRAM
For the Second Sunday of Advent, Jesus-Mary School prepared the liturgy. Our musicians welcomed a new member when a 6th grader joined our 1st grade teacher on trumpet. Could this be the seed of a music program?
A BRIGHTER LIBRARY
Since the roof on our library needed to be replaced, we also added to the height of the roof which, as you can see, makes a much brighter library for our students.
Thanks go to our present and visiting, former volunteers who repainted after construction.
- Sr. Pat Dillon, RJM