23. Dec, 2016

A REAL CHRISTMAS PRESENT


I know that there will be some of you reading this that take the line, “End foreign aid. Look after our own first.” On Christmas morning I would like you to read the story of Davidson, the little boy that Elizabeth and I sponsor via ActionAid.
He lives along with his parents and little sister on the island of Haiti, the poorest island in the Carribean. In turn they live in very poorest part of the island around Roseaux.
In his short life he has not only survived the devastatingly 2011 earthquake that killed 240,000 Haitians out of a population of 8 million. (That is something approaching 3 Wembley stadiums full of people), but the annual hurricanes, the latest and most devastating of which was the recent Hurricane Matthew.
Having traced its course I knew that Davidson’s town of Roseaux bore the full brunt of it. We have been very worried about him and his family. This Friday morning we heard from Action.Aid‘s Michelle Hancock…
…“Today I have spoken with Elizabeth, my colleague in Haiti, and she was able to confirm that our community networks on the ground in Roseaux have been able to make contact with every family in the sponsorship programme,
“I am really pleased to let you know that Davidson’s family were unharmed by the hurricane. However, we also know that many homes and farms have been completely wiped out by the hurricane, and we are also hearing that some families have moved away from their homes to the city of Jeremie. Some have even travelled as far as Port au Prince.
“Right now, Elizabeth’s team are working hard to collect messages from all the children in Roseaux, but heavy rains are hampering these activities. For many children attending the message collection means crossing a river, which comes more treacherous under these conditions.”
So, earthquake, hurricanes, flooding, poverty, loss of loved ones home and livelihood not to mention a series of corrupt governments…something for all of us to ponder about Haiti on Christmas Day. For us though, there is the best present of all …Davidson and his family are safe and well, leaving us wondering at the sheer resilience of himself and his people.
“PUTS THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE, DOESN’T IT?