When Eliossane thinks back to January 12, 2010, he remembers a sunny day just like any other day on the island country of Haiti. At 4:53 p.m., the world began to shake.
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people. Eliossane, his wife Fanie and their daughter found their home completely destroyed; thankfully they were not injured. They were just three of the millions of people left homeless after the quake.
Community-based ELCA Disaster Response partners responded immediately, providing emergency food, water, medical supplies and shelter. In the weeks following the earthquake, these partners worked to build water and sanitation systems, provide long-term access to education, establish health services and provide trauma therapy.
Eliossane and his family are receiving care from the Lutheran Church in Haiti, which is supported by your gifts to ELCA Disaster Response. They are filled with hope and determination to help themselves and their neighbors down the long road to recovery from the earthquake.
The Lutheran Church in Haiti, thanks to your gifts to ELCA Disaster Response, will continue to assist Eliossane and others in need as they rebuild their homes, lives and livelihoods.