“It’s extremely painful to go through. My soul is in a knot. My soul is crying, ”said Guerline Jozef, member of the Haitian Bridge Alliance.
SAN DIEGO – Nearly 1,300 people died on Sunday after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday morning. The nation of 11 million people, however, has not recovered from political turmoil and a devastating earthquake 11 years ago.
Haitian communities in San Diego are doing whatever they want to help their country of origin.
“The first thing we thought about was ‘oh Lord, not yet’,” said Guerline Jozef, a Haitian-American, member of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, a non-profit organization in San Diego that offers relief efforts and financial assistance to 10 households in Haiti to date.
The powerful earthquake is another devastating blow to Haiti, a country still reeling from a presidential assassination last month and by no means recovering from a catastrophic earthquake in 2010 that killed 300,000 people.
“Haiti has no respite, be it from natural disasters or its political turmoil,” Jozef said. “We are working directly with communities and not organizations to start sending humanitarian support. ”
The pastor and church members of the Haitian Methodist Ministry in San Diego said they were determined to send volunteers to Haiti.
“We are trying to get the doctors and nurses to come immediately and eventually set up a mobile clinic,” said Wismick Saint-Jean, member of the Haitian Methodist ministry.
Haitian Methodist ministry pastor Jean Elise Durandisse said his cousin lived in Haiti and his house had collapsed.
“Some people are crying out for help,” says Pastor Durandisse.
“You can’t help but feel depressed and hopeless. We know that God is in charge and we have hope, ”says Saint-Jean.
“It’s extremely painful to go through. My soul is in a knot. My soul is crying, ”said Jozef. “We are tired but we are pushing for the Haitian people. “
The Haitian Methodist Ministry in San Diego has a special service Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at the place where they plan to take a second of silence for them in Haiti. Anyone from the general public is invited to attend.
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