Sisters Continue to Support Haiti
Villa Maria, PA – In 1991, the Sisters of the Humility of Mary adopted a corporate witness statement on their commitment to help the people of Haiti as a response to the great need they encountered there.
The needs in Haiti are now greater than ever as Tropical Storm Grace dumped heavy rain on an area where a 7.2-magnitude earthquake killed at least 2,000 people on August 14.
The HM Sisters are committed to their ministry partners in Haiti and will continue to support them through these recent challenges. Because they have contacts in the country that they work with regularly, the sisters can help those with great need quickly through designating financial assistance to their ministries already on the ground in Haiti. According to a ministry partner, the greatest need right now is to get roofs on houses that were not destroyed so that people are not sleeping outside.
Sr. Judy Dohner, HM, who served in Haiti for 17 years and is now serving Haitian people living in Florida, continues to have direct contact with HM ministry partners in Haiti. She writes: “Gratefully, even with all the political turmoil, the Prime Minister is asking Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) not to flood into the country with people and resources. They learned from the chaos after the 2010 earthquake because NGOs had no direction. It is a good move to want to go and help, but it leaves well-meaning people feeling helpless.”
If you would like to help the people of Haiti challenged by these recent events, you can donate online via the HM website or by sending your donation with the designation of “Haiti Ministry” to: Sisters of the Humility of Mary, PO Box 534, Villa Maria, PA 16155.
Sr. Judy will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available; follow the Sisters of the Humility of Mary on Facebook and Instagram to stay current on the developing situation.
“May our united prayers for the people of Haiti and all those supporting them be a source of strength and healing,” said Sr. Carol Anne Smith, HM, Pastoral Leader, in a recent communication to the HM Community.