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UPLIFT Haiti team near Les Cayes safe after earthquake
Jan. 23, 2010

All of our team members working in the Les Cayes area on an UPLIFT Haiti project at a culinary school are safe in the wake of the January 12 earthquake.

Cindy Nestor, Pam Reid and Suzanne James arrived in Orlando yesterday afternoon on a flight from Port-au-Prince. They returned to the Washington, D.C., area today.

The other two team members, Kevin Osborne and Judith Nestor, remain in Haiti to help with earthquake relief. Kevin is working in Port-au-Prince with Catholic Relief Services, distributing food and water. Judith returned to Les Cayes yesterday afternoon after accompanying the other team members to the airport.

Until yesterday, the team had been volunteering in Les Cayes at a shelter for people who have fled Port-au-Prince and other destroyed cities such as Léogâne. Léogâne is only a few miles from the epicenter of the 7.0 quake.

The refugees seek medical treatment, safety and support of relatives in their home towns and villages. The Les Cayes shelter is in a soccer field. People are arriving mostly by bus or hitchhiking.   As of Tuesday, Judith reported, there were more than 55 families in the field including three pregnant women who have given birth at the shelter.  Some of the refugees are injured, with broken legs and arms and head injuries. 

Please keep Haiti in your prayers and do what you can to help save lives and care for the people affected by this catastrophe.

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