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as told by New Missions in Haiti since 1983. www.newmissions.org 
 
Hope:
Bring hope and joy to a child waiting for a sponsor in the harsh sub-standard living of the rural and urban Haiti. Every day, according to New Mission, a christian ministry established in Leogane, Haiti since 1983, their ministries are faced with the needs of the children they have not reached yet. Their calling is to bring hope into the lives of those in need which is found in knowing Jesus, the Christ.
 
Joy:
New Missions strives to bring joy into the lives of those in need. Joy brings strength. Each child deserves to experience this great blessing. As a sponsor, you will become the special friend to a needy child who will know your name, write to you, and treasure the thought that you care. You also have the opportunity to visit your child. You support of $28.00 each month provides your child with life-changing opportunities. Your child will be able to attend school and receive a Christian education with the opportunity to receive basic health services and food. Your child will be encouraged, loved, guided and valued. You will be giviing your child a future with hope and joy. Visit www.Newmission.org to search for a child to sponsor or to complete a form for one, waiting for you now. 
Founder of New Missions in 1983
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George & Jeanne DeTellis

The Hurricane " Jeanne "
Haiti says death toll from floods has topped 1,050 and could reach 2,000

by AMY BRACKEN

Haiti di inondasyon koz 1050 moun pedi la vi yo e li ka monte jiska 2mil.

(Amy Bracken. traduyi pa Gabriel Dorcely)

GONAIVES, Haiti (CP) - Workers used dumptrucks to empty scores of bodies into a ditch Wednesday - the first mass grave for flood victims - as bystanders shrieked and the government raised the toll to more than 1,050.

Depi gonayiv, Haiti. Mekredi, Laboure te itilize gwo kamyon fatra pou entere kadav nan yon trou - Premye tomb an mass pou moun ki te viktim nan inondasyon - chak moun bay yon chif men gouvenman-an te conte plis ke 1,050.

 

Rescuers counted the bodies of 1,013 flood victims in Gonaives alone by Wednesday night, said Dieufort Deslorges of the government's civil protection agency. Another 58 bodies have been recovered elsewhere in Haiti's northwest province, Deslorges told The Associated Press.

Nan sel Gonaives, Sekourist yo te konte 1,013 kavav pou rive Merkredi swa, ke Ajans pwoteksyon sivil, Dieufort Deslorges te anonse. Yo te jwenn yon lot 58 kadav nan Depatman Nordwest, Deslorges te di A.P.

He said the number of people reported missing since tropical storm Jeanne lashed the islands with torrential rains for 30 hours over the weekend was up to 1,250. Some bodies washed out to sea in Gonaives, dozens remained in still-high waters or floating in flooded houses in the city, he said, indicating that the toll could reach as high as 2,000.

Li te di kantite moun ke yo pa we depi cyclon la te pase ak van, la pli nan yon jou e demi ki sot pase la yo, te rive 1,250. anpil kadav te ale nan lan me Gonaives, plizie douzens rete sou dlo nan mitan la me ya ou swa ap trampe nan kay ki te inonde yo nan vil la. swa dizan kantite ya ka rive jiska 2,000.

"We're demanding they come and take the bodies from our fields. Dogs are eating them," said farmer Jean Lebrun, 35, listing demands made by property owners near the cemetery whose opposition to mass graves had delayed burials since Monday.

"Nou mande pou yo vi'n pran kadav yo, nan jadin nou yo. chen komanse manje yo," Jean Lebrun, ki gen 35 an, te di lel tap fe list demand met te nan cimitye ya ki pa dakor pou yo antere tout moun nan mem trou. Opozisyon sa yo te koz plis reta depi Lundi nan afe anterman yo.

"We can only drink the water people died in," he said, listing another demand, for potable water in a city of 250,000 still under water five days after the storm's passage.

Hurricane experts, meanwhile, said Jeanne could head back toward the Bahamas and the United States, threatening the battered southeast coast as early as this weekend.

It was too soon to tell where or if Jeanne would hit, but the National Hurricane Center (news - web sites) in Miami warned people in the northwest and central Bahamas and along the southeast U.S. coast to beware of dangerous surf and rip currents kicked up by Jeanne in coming days.

In Gonaives, the third largest city in the country of eight million, animal carcasses still floated in waters that also could hold human bodies, and survivors are hungry and thirsty.

"The situation is not getting better because people have been without food or water for three or four days," Hans Havik, Haiti representative of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

"Water is still high, mud is still there," he said. "The population is getting more and more desperate. People are getting more aggressive."

Earlier, United Nations (news - web sites) peacekeepers fired into the air to keep a hungry crowd at bay as aid workers handed out loaves of bread - the first food in days for some.

Lebrun said people were angry that officials were not helping them search for the missing. Rescue workers said Wednesday they were concentrating on getting in food and taking care of piles of bodies that grew outside three morgues, raising fears of health hazards.

A Canadian military flight carrying 14 tonnes of relief supplies left for Haiti on Wednesday. The Canadian International Development Agency covered the cost of the goods - mainly heavy plastic sheeting and blankets.

"We appreciate the quick response of our Canadian government partners in coming to the aid of flood-stricken Haiti," said Charlie Musoka, emergencies officer of the Canadian Red Cross.

Last week, Jeanne also killed seven people in Puerto Rico and 19 in Dominican Republic.

At the grave, the sun was setting as three dumptrucks emptied bodies and a crane covered them with a layer of earth. Raoul Elysee of the Haitian Red Cross said between 100 and 200 were buried and the rest would be buried Thursday.

The decomposing bodies have officials fearful of health risks. Havik said the contamination of water sources and flooding of latrines could lead cause an outbreak of waterborne diseases.

 

Martine Vice-Aimee, an 18-year-old mother of two whose home was destroyed, said people already are getting ill.

"People are getting sick from the water, they're walking in it, their skin is getting itchy and rashes. The water they're drinking is giving them stomach aches."

Havik's federation launched a worldwide appeal Wednesday for $4 million Cdn to fund relief operations to 40,000 Haitian victims, and several countries were sending aid.

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About The Native Haitians 

Haiti
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Haiti:
The country, the land and its people
 

• Haiti occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola; the Dominican

• Republic makes up the rest of the island.• Haiti is located 700 miles southeast of Florida.

• The capital is Port-au-Prince. • The name Haiti means "mountainous."

• Haiti's land mass is approximately the size of the state of Maryland.

• Haiti's population is 7.3 million.

• Haiti ranks as the most "food insecure" country in the Western Hemisphere, and the second most insecure in the world.

• The majority of the population does not have ready access to safe drinking water, adequate medical care, or sufficient food.

• A Haitian's life expectancy at birth is 54 years.

• The mortality rate for Haitian children under five years of age is 13 times greater than that for children in the United States.

• The Gross National Product per capita is estimated at $370, although this figure disguises tremendous variations in income distribution. In fact, per capita income of more than 80% of the population is estimated at less than $150.

• Few social assistance programs exist and the lack of employment opportunities remains one of the most critical problems facing the economy, along with soil erosion and political instability.
(Sources of statistics: USAID; 1998 State of the World's Children; UNICEF; the 1996 World Factbook; Haiti Consular Infomation Sheet).

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Who are the people of Haiti?
 
One Hundred sixty years since the current inhabitants ancestors fought just to keep the country together but the jungle rule prevailed when the Spanish ships showed up reponding to the Call of Santana for a scission of the land. Dominican Republic was born a new nation in 1844. Two centuries, or exactly 40 years prior to the secession, the genrations that precedented those of 1844, fought with practically nothing short than just the spirit of freedom to officially disband and capture Napoleon's forces and form a new State at the dawn of the 19th century. Indeed on January first 1804, the new country was born despite of the willful isolation of most of its neighborhing countries and the natural language barrier that cripled any possible relations between the arising latino states in America. Since Independance, 56 years has past in a new nation of former slaves before in a deal with the catholic church, Haiti has secured and started a school system, just to teach reading in French. It was during the revolution of 1946 that the young haitian attending elementary and secondary school at the Petit Seminaire College St-Martial abolished the ritual of singing "La Marseillaise" when raising the flag. The only virtue that keep the Haitian people together for many, is the poverty that dominates all aspects of life, the color of their skin in a segregated world and their inheritance from their african ancestors. The earliest generations of african slaves brought to Hispaniola in the beginning of the 16th century by the spaniards came from an unknown civilisation in the western judeo-christian world. And having to co-work and rescue the native inhabitants of the island, the caicos, the Arawaks, etc... they learn a good deal of virtues from them who practiced a simple way of life in the centuries prior to the arrival of the western world. all of these, today are emcrypted in the resultante of the cultural mixture Haiti was obligated to experience for the 5 centuries. Haitians as a nation, are unable to show adaptability to the endoctrinated view of the west, particularly, the capitalistic greed of the uncle Sam's children. Fram  Haitians perpspectives, they barely considered themselves as being considered as a fellow country and from the west perpesctives, they never considered the Haitian people as sister nation. Contemporan Haitians found themselves in a world up side down where. Once, proud and different from other African descents around the world but today as a ship in the political, social and economical chess table. It is estimated that more than 3 millions Haitians born are spread migrating to countries where material life is more or less appealing. From 1965, when Haiti got its first international airport, migration dooors were open and the majority of Haitians began to access the world outside and compare. New York is among the first to receive a large amount of the population, beside the traditional Cuba, Bahamas, Dominican Republic. the sixties also propel many intellectual Haitian to resume their thoughts of independance to the new liberated western african countries. It was a new era and opportunities were in the air. Only an estimated 5 millions lives constitute the Haitian nation, over a hand of land, 10,000 square miles of which two thirds are mountains and rocky. Haiti has consistently hold the world record of population density.

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1- New Missions brochure
2- Dr. J.C. Dorsainville
3- Notes d'etudiants from late Prof. Henock Trouillot a l'Academie
Militaire d'Haiti (Class of 1976)
4- Haiti death toll floods has topped to 1050-2000 by AmyBracken (AP) Sept2004.