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Renate passed on the following email noting that these are "Very interesting comments."
FROM THE FRONT LINES (Flavia Cherry)
It is good to see that some efforts are being made to reach women in desperate need, but those of us on the ground are yet to see this happen in many of the areas where there is desperate need for food and relief. AID agencies MUST find a more humane way to reach out to the women and children who are most vulnerable and desperate. I know that the need is great, there is no excuse for what is the reality on the ground here in Haiti as Caribbean citizens offered help and mmany have even been denied entry. It is obvious that the aid agencies, (well intentioned as they may be) are unable to handle the scale of the problem here in Haiti. So why are they not being inclusive and involving more Haitian and Caribbean institutions in the relief and recovery efforts? Something is very wrong about the picture here in Haiti because while international agencies are dropping the ball in an attempt to monopolize aid efforts, Haitians are dying. Apart from lines for women, there is an urgent need for volunteers to go into the camps to reach women, children, disabled and elderly people who are unable to move.
The NCR posted the following:
Pauline Books & Media has posted an online free ePrayerbook of English, and some French, prayers for Haiti at this time. anyone can use the prayers... the permission is there. It can be downloaded from www.pauline.org or from this link http://www.pauline.org/FreeEbookofPrayersforHaiti/tabid/375/Default.aspx
You can also download it from our website here.
Marie Dennis passed this on to us:
Pax Christi International (PCI) is looking for a Fund Development Officer who will coordinate and develop, in accordance with the organisation’s specific nature, PCI’s capacities and skills to obtain funds for global development, programmes and projects from different donors worldwide, such as the European Commission, foundations in Europe and the USA , NGO development organizations, religious congregations, and others.
For more information about tasks, requirements, deadlines and procedures, visit our website:
Fr. Paul Lansu
Pax Christi International
Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains 21
B-1000 Bruxelles - Belgium
Office Phone: +32 (0)2 502 55 50 - Direct Phone ++32-(0)2 213 49 11- Fax: +32 (0)2 502 46 26
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The January/February 2010 edition of Not So Far Afield is now online. With the delay in getting this out, I decided to shift the focus to Maryknoll Affiliates working in Haiti. Much of this has already been put up on our website, but there are some additional items.
While Maryknoll has never had an official presence in Haiti, many Maryknoll Affiliates have had connections there. Please click on "Read more" to see what some of them have shared so far. They have also made some suggestions for agencies to which you can send contributions to help. There are a number of lists out there that you can check out. Because of the devastation to the Catholic Church in Haiti, (see what was sent to us by USCMA) you can also be sure there will be efforts through local parishes and diocese.
We also invite you to share your own stories, connections, thoughts or concerns about what is happening in Haiti. Just click on "Add New Comment" at the bottom of the article to do so (you must be logged in) or add your thoughts and comments on our Facebook page.
The US Catholic Mission Association sent out the following news on Haiti:
A follow-up email can be read by clicking on "Read more…"
We have just received terrible news from Haiti.
In addition to the massive property destruction from the earthquake, the church lost our archbishop there and - so far - over 100 priests.
We are having a special noon Mass today for them.
This is the worst earthquake reported in Haiti in over 200 years.
We just received the following news from Renate Schneider. Those who know Renate know she has worked in Haiti. As you can read below, she has recently returned from there. We will keep you posted on anything else Renate might share.
I arrived in Chicago at one o'clock this morning. 45 minutes after my plane took off from Port au Prince, the earthquake happened. I am fine but devastated by the events. I was going to write a very positive report about my trip, mentioning many areas where progress can be measured, and now this. There had been progress made on infrastructures, roads were being repared and security was much improved. And then this. Neeedless to say I am devastated. I have been unable to get news from friends in Haiti, but even Jacmel, a seaside town has been hit, buildings collapsed and so far about 30 people died there which is quite a distance from PAP. As I know more I will let you know.
Let's stay strong and in prayer for the people of Haiti.
Maryknoll Affiliates Matt Rousso and Jim Huck (New Orleans) did a workshop at this Conference. Maryknoll Affiliate Rachel Tomas Morgan (South Bend) and I were also there.
Over 200 missioners from the United States gather in New Orleans for National US Catholic Mission Association Conference. The 2009 Mission Conference: Behold I Create a New Heaven and New Earth: Seeing Mission with New Eyes was attended by over 200 participants from all over the US! All who gathered in New Orleans were able to celebrate the life of mission and their own commitment to support their missionaries and to recall their own life in mission.
The Conference was sponsored by the US Catholic Mission Association located in Washington DC. The US Catholic Mission Association has convened the Annual Mission conference since 1980. Members of the association and people interested in exploring the on-going trends of mission in the world and the US are invited and encouraged to attend. This year’s conference had a very distinctive flavor due in large part to the warmth and hospitality of our site and Mission Office partners in New Orleans, LA.
Maryknoll Affiliate Bill Ofenloch pointed out three videos on YouTube of Miguel D'Escoto MM critiquing the UN after his time as President of the UN General Assembly. Click on "Read more" to view the videos.