WITNESSING TO A TROUBLED WORLD
EMMANUEL TV HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF UPDATE
The devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook the island of Haiti, Tuesday 12th January, 2010, claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, destroyed thousands of homes and left thousands injured, homeless and in desperation, needing to reconstruct their lives.
In response to the disaster, an Emmanuel TV Haiti Earthquake Relief Team comprising a doctor, nurses, a midwife, evangelists, and humanitarian workers travelled from the UK and the USA to Haiti. With the generous support of Emmanuel TV partners and friends, a cargo plane was chartered and stocked full of medical supplies and foodstuffs. The plane landed in Cap Haitien Airport in the north of Haiti. The team then travelled in convoy with the UN down to Arcahaie, a town just half an hour drive north of Port-au-Prince, where thousands of earthquake victims had fled to and where there was no hospital. Upon arrival, the team unloaded the supplies in the town hall. Welcomed warmly by the people of Arcahaie, many of whom were viewers of Emmanuel TV, they set off for the site by the sea that had been given to them by the Mayor of Arcahaie, where the field hospital would be built.
The team immediately began pitching tents and preparing the site for the field hospital, which was to be called Clinique Emmanuel. The building still under construction, patients began to arrive. Clinique Emmanuel was now in operation. Soon, an expectant mother in labour arrived and the first baby was delivered. Her parents, rejoicing at the birth and in gratitude to God, named their daughter, Emmanuella. Each day, the Emmanuel TV Relief Team give their love, their time, their care to the people of Arcahaie. Facing challenges such as no sewage system, no clean water and no power gave the team a glimpse of what life is like for the Haitian people on a daily basis.
As news of Clinique Emmanuel spread, people came from far and wide and many children soon gathered. With the local schools closed after the earthquake, the ETV site provides a safe and stimulating environment to learn in. With the devastation in Haiti, Emmanuel TV aims not just to establish a primary care medical clinic but also an orphanage to care for orphans, many of whom lost their parents in the devastating earthquake.
Twenty four hours a day in Clinique Emmanuel, there is a need that needs to met, a problem that needs to be solved, a situation that demands immediate attention.
Since the setting up of Clinique Emmanuel, more nurses have travelled from South Africa to join the Emmanuel TV Haiti Earthquake Relief Team with plans in place for still more to come from different parts of the world.
In the wake of such a horrific devastation of a nation, a shadow of its former self, one has to ask the question, what can I do to help? As Prophet TB Joshua says, whatever you have in your hand today is a solution to someone with a problem. God has designed it in such a way that everyone has some strength to contribute. Your contribution can and will change lives.
Your strength may be in the area of money. Your strength may be in the area of wisdom. Your strength may be in the area of knowledge, talent or skills such as medical expertise. Whichever area you are strong in you are expected to use it generously to strengthen your fellow brother. The people of Haiti are in need of what you have to give.