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Praying for Haitians a year after the quake

Haitian woman with basket on head

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, ACT.

January 12, 2011 marks one year since a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti. Most of the infrastructure in the capital city of Port-au-Prince was destroyed; more than 200,000 people lost their lives; and approximately 2 million people were displaced. Additional tragic blows to the country were an outbreak of cholera and flooding from Hurricane Tomas.

Despite enormous challenges, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), working with our Haitian mission partners and as members of the ACT Alliance, continues to provide relief for families still displaced. Recovery work focused on providing shelter and clean water, rebuilding Haiti’s health care, restoring food security and livelihoods, and offering school and recreational activities for children and youth enables earthquake-affected families to see some hope out of the chaos of this disaster.

Many congregations are setting aside a time of remembrance for the people of Haiti. Christian Aid, a co-member of ACT Alliance, has produced a reflective slideshow to commemorate the Haitian earthquake. PDA encourages you to use this video to remember the ongoing hardships in Haiti and to pray for healing and hope for our neighbors in need.

Watch the slideshow from Christian Aid

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PHP Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee meets March 30 - April 1, 2014, in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Advisory Committee and Self-Development of People Steering Committee.

PDA Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

In a One Great Hour of Sharing Joint Meeting, The PDA Advisory Committee will meet in conjunction with PHP Advisory Committee and the SDOP Steering Committee March 30 – April 1 at the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. Discussions will include the work and vision of each department, long term Presbyterian involvement, issues and generative thinking.  A mission site tour will be made, followed individual committee meetings, and PHP will visit grant partner, Latino Farmer’s Cooperative of Louisiana.

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