Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friday: Visit to Grace Village

On Friday, the Project Eden team visited Grace Village and delivered clothes, shoes, toiletries, and toys supporters in Chicago donated. The entire team was moved by the resiliency of the Haitian people and the compassion and care Bishop Jeune and his family have extended in order to provide a home for the thousands displaced by the earthquake.

Initially a compound housing a girls' orphanage, a church, and a school, after the earthquake Grace Village became a home for more than 14,000 people. The Jeunes administer Grace Village like a city. The residents pay 60 cents per household which covers the salaries for the security staff. Everyone is expected to keep the grounds clean and there is a curfew. The camp has been divided into blocks and the residents of each block meet once a week with the Jeunes and their staff to discuss their concerns about life in the camp and the rules everyone is expected to follow. Residents have even set up booths and sell goods to one another. The camp has reached capacity and cannot allow any more people to put up tents.

We commend Bishop and Madame Jeune for all they have done for the people of Haiti. It is a privilege to partner with them to do the Lord's work here on earth.

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