Our prayers were that the Coronavirus would not arrive on the small island of Haiti but it has arrived. Schools and churches are closed and essential business hours have been greatly reduced. First-world practices during this pandemic include stockpiling items such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies and food, social distancing, face masks, gloves, frequent hand washing with soap, and working from home when possible. These practices are almost impossible for a third-world country like Haiti. Social distancing is very difficult in a country the size of the state of Maryland with over 11 million people. Their daily routine consists of finding something to sell at the markets so they can use that money to buy food for the day. Stockpiling food and storing it in freezers and refrigerators is almost impossible. Most of the country has no electricity or at best intermittent power so refrigerators are rare.
Trinity HOPE depends heavily on the infrastructure of the schools to feed the 30,000 children, teachers and cooks each day and to maintain strict accountability and controls. Being unable to provide them their daily meal is difficult to accept. As the body of Christ, we felt we could not just stand by and watch the hunger pains grow. We have established an emergency food relief effort for these children and their families. In the month of April, uncooked food was distributed from the schools to all the students and their families. Praise God for His many provisions!
The response from families has been overwhelming, with comments including, “This food aid arrives on time, at a time where the entire humanity faces an acute food crisis”, “This proves you love us a lot”, “It is a gesture of generosity and love”, “Thank you to have thought of us”, “We appreciate the food”, and “We are very thankful to you.”
As we wrestle with the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 throughout the world, may we hold on to the comforting words found in Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” If you would like to help Trinity HOPE provide critical food to children and their families during this devastating time, you can donate by check to Trinity HOPE, Memo: COVID-19 Relief, 2024 Hunters Place, Mt Juliet, TN 37122 or donate online at our website https://www.trinityhope.org/covid19-relief.
May God bless and protect you and your families during this difficult time.