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On January 12th, 2010 Haiti was devastated by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake,

Gathering storms over the destroyed Presidential Palace

and as the news reports slowly trickled out of the capital, Port-au-Prince, Americans watched and prayed for the people of Haiti.  Stories of miraculous survival and determination were aired nightly on network broadcasts and many everyday Americans decided to go to Haiti and help.  Now, in the weeks that have followed, massive airlifts of water, food and medicines made there way to the devastated country to avert more casualties. Christian NGO’s and the US Military have spearheaded the effort, and people everywhere continue to pray for Haiti.


But what happens to Haiti now? One of the largest crisis facing the Haitian people is the fact that most families are now homeless.  When we traveled to Port-au-Prince 12-days after the earthquake, the whole of the city was living outdoors.  Most homes in the city were either destroyed or structurally unsound to live in, and as a result, massive tent cities have sprung up throughout Port-au-Prince.  These tent cities consist of any material people scavenge from the rubble (wood, metal, bed sheets, ect…), but in their entirety, these tent cities are NOT proper shelters.  The biggest problem is that most of these makeshift tents are covered simply with cotton sheets. What is needed is water proof tarps to protect families from the coming rainy season. The basic needs of any human is water, food and shelter.  Water and food have been a focus of most NGO’s in the first weeks of the disaster, and delivered in rapid order, but now proper shelters are the most important need!

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Recently, a medical team, upon entering one of the tent cities to do a free clinic, was rushed by desperate Haitians.  The Haitians were happy to have the medical support, but were desperately asking for any plastics sheets they might have.  “We need a place to live,” was consistently the request.


Everyday on our journeys to Haiti we visited the worst hit sections of Port-au-Prince, and witnessed large groups of people digging and clawing through rubble to get any pieces of wood or debris, to have something to sleep under at night.  Desperation ran so high Haitian police ignorantly assumed these everyday Haitians were looters and began shooting people.  We personally witnessed three shootings and saw one man killed for scavenging. This could be avoided, is all we could think!

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So what do we do? Upon seeing the looming crisis, with the approaching rainy season, we want to help by giving shelters to the people of Haiti.


What kind of shelters can we give? For $30 we can give one family a waterproof tarp system.  This system will house a large family and protect them from the coming rainy season.


How many do we plan to give? Our first allotment is destined for 300 families at local church we visited in Port-au-Prince.  These families all currently live in tent cities and to give this gift would change lives! So if we give 300 families a waterproof tarp system, it will cost $9,000.


What happens if we give more than $9,000? Then more people get tarps!  There is no lack of need in Haiti for shelters, and to give $30 means a family will have shelter.


How do I give for Shelters? To give to the Shelter the Road campaign all you have to do is visit our website at http://www.traveltheroad.com or Call 1-866-397-5673. For the next weeks all giving notated as Gospel Expedition via the website will go to the Shelter the Road campaign, or if you send in a check to Travel the Road, please notate Haiti, and we will add that amount to Shelter the Road.


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We can all make a difference, and through your prayers and support, Haiti will recover!  Peace be with you.


In Him,


Tim and Will


From the Frontlines of Haiti

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Here is more video and pics to a previous story we reported on.  This man was pulled from rubble after 14 days.  The street adjacent to where he was recovered was called miracle st.

Haitian survivor pulled from the rubble after 14 days being treated by the U.S. military in Port-au-Prince.

At the end of this video you can see us updating to video camera for the series.  What an amazing rescue and survival story.  God is good!

Man found on rue de centre st. next to Miracle st.

Tim and Will are on the ground and witnessed first hand this amazing survival story.  The images you are seeing in this story are from their daily report from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Please follow along each day for new updates and KEEP praying!

In the worst hit neighborhood of Port-au-Prince a survivor is pulled after 14 days.  Details aren’t clear as if he had any access to water, but he was extremely gaunt and had a badly broken femur bone when pulled from building.  The US military was first on scene to help, and with their quick reaction they secured medevac speedily.  The surviving man was surprisingly alert and responded to questions.  He was about 30-years old and taken to a military hospital, were he will most likely enter critical care on one of the floating military hospitals.  It is amazing to see the miracles of life here in Haiti and this is due to the kind hearts of people praying!  Your prayers make a difference and change lives!  Keep it up and keep Haiti in your heart.

Tim and Will of Travel the Road

From the front lines of Haiti.