Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday: Day 12

Sorry about the delay in getting back to you all. Internet was very slow this morning so I decided to wait on the posting.
EdH (Electricite d'Haiti) came on around noon which means that it must have received a tanker of diesel fuel this morning. There's less congestion at the filling stations and we were able to get a 55 gallon drum of diesel. Still no propane nor has any food come in from anywhere.
Using our cell phones is an exercise in patience as circuits are always busy. Can't reach our driver who was in Port-au-Prince this morning to find out when to expect the displaced orphans. We have done all the prepping we can for their welcome. There are no mattresses available in town so we have ordered straw mats to be made while we await a humanitarian shipment.
Lots of people roaming the streets in town and sleeping outdoors in the streets, alleyways, lawns. Some are locals who are afraid to sleep indoors now but most are displaced refugees from PaP.
Joey Lamarre is feeling much better and spent the last three days working at the hospital, assisting in any way possible. He is gone to PaP to meet with the university's president, some doctors from NJ and a reporter from CNN. As president of his class and because Joey gets by pretty well in English, the university president begged him to be at the meeting this afternoon.
Still feeding the prisoners and they are still being confined all day long. It is beyond pathetic. One young man passed out yesterday and started shaking like he had a seizure but the guards would not open the door. We gave him water and he calmed down after about ten minutes.
That's it for now. God bless you.


  1. Thank you so much for being so diligent with your blog since the quake. We are proud that Joey is such a good representative of success coming from the Espwa family. The prisoners must really appreciate your kindness-- they must feel so forgotten.

  2. Something has to be done about those suffering prisoners...

  3. Post this on twitter and ask for help. Twitter users have been instrumental in getting help to others in Haiti. Tell the world about the prisoners there, and about your own lack of supplies.

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your predicament. I feel your compassion for the prisoners. Are they in a crowded environment? It is good that they are under your watchful eyes, and the prepared meals i am sure are appreciated. Your lives were already in difficulty, but now matters are worse. It is truly a wakeup call for us all. In a split second these catastrophes could happen here. It doesn't sound pretty at all, Father. Continue onward in your struggles and know there are many of us praying for a better day to come your way. May ships come bearing gifts...