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Haiti Earthquake Response

$7,785 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 84 people in 1 month
Created October 9, 2018
Gros Morne
On Saturday October 6, Haiti was struck by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake followed the next day by a strong aftershock. The earthquake hit Gros-Morne, killing two people, injuring hundreds, and causing damage to countless homes and structures, including a school, auditorium, and the Alma Mater hospital. This hit home for all of us who live in, and love Gros-Morne.

Rebuilding will take a lot of time, and it's not expected the government or aid organizations will be able to give much help. Many of you have already reached out to ask how you can support the community during this disaster, and as always we are in awe and grateful to have such a wide and generous network.

The most immediate needs are to help those who lost their homes and are too afraid to sleep indoors (a real threat, as aftershocks have already been felt and caused more damage to fragile homes). Long term, we'll need funds to pay for engineers and building supplies.

Thank you for contributing - your generosity immediately helps the people of Gros-Morne.

Mesi anpil.

How We Will Get Your Donations to Haiti:

1. Jennifer Prillaman, a former volunteer with the RJMs in Gros-Morne,  will collect the GoFundMe donations together and send to the Religious of Jesus and Mary  marked for Gros Morne earthquake relief. This GoFundMe campaign is being co-run by Sr. Jackie and Brittany Galvin in Gros-Morne, who are expecting the donations and have full access to the amount collected.

2. The Religious of Jesus and Mary in Gros-Morne will use the money for the most pressing needs they see in Gros-Morne, including to repair the damage to Alma Mater Hospital, the Hospital guest house, and then individual homes. They've already had engineers visit these sites to assess them and create repair plans.

Let us know if you have any questions!
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More great news!

You've helped us hit $5000. Another organization who works in Gros Morne, Hens for Haiti, will match your donations with a $5000 grant. That makes $10,000 for us.

Thank you, thank you! Please keep helping us spread the word - it will take a lot to meet the immediate needs we're seeing in the community, and to begin rebuilding.

On Monday, there is an engineer visiting our Alma Mater hospital and guest house to give us a detailed report of how to fix/demolish as needed, with estimated costs. We will let you know more once we get that report.
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BIG NEWS!

Our partner in Gros Morne, Hens for Haiti, has offered to give a matching grant of up to $5000!

We're not too far from $5000 - many of you have already been so generous, and we ask you please help share this donation page and spread the word to your own networks, family, and friends.

Thank you for your support!
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Update from Brittany Galvin in Gros Morne:

"We need your help here in Gros Morne. It has been a busy few days since the earthquake hit here Saturday evening, so I'm sorry I have not gotten back to the many people who have reached out to me. But now after evaluating the needs here what we really need is your monetary support.

I would say 80% of houses here have sustained damage and 60% will need repair and/or completely replaced. The majority of people are sleeping outside each night and the rain has come each afternoon/evening. We have yet to receive a significant number of tents or tarps so most people are sleeping on porches or sidewalks or even in the middle of the street.

Our hospital where I work has sustained significant damage. Pediatric ward is unsafe for the children as is the men's inpatient ward. The nurses' residence has been condemned by a visiting engineer as well as our public health/administrative building. Just about every building needs some sort of repair to make it safe.

Our guest house where we receive most of our visitors has been condemned and needs to be torn down and rebuilt.

Please help if you can. You can either donate here through this GoFundMe page or directly to the RJM sisters - make a note earthquake relief:

https://rjmusa.org/civicrm/contribute/transact/?reset=1&id=1

And please do continue to keep us in your prayers...it's going to be a long few months as we work to find the support and funding we need to get back on our feet. Thank you!"
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Raised by 84 people in 1 month
Created October 9, 2018
Gros Morne
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