July 4, 2021 6pm EDT
Update from Southern Haiti: As the recovery from Elsa begins in southern Haiti, our Overture and Espwa team members continue to provide for our families in the region. Thankfully, our social workers have reported that all of the families we serve (including those that came to Espwa facilities) are well and accounted for. While the majority of crops were destroyed and there was considerable rain and wind, we’re pleased to report that there were no injuries and that no lives were lost in the Overture network. Praise God! Overture will arrange for and conduct food distributions to the communities where our families live as soon as possible.
Please continue to pray for our families and team members on the ground. Your continued support allows us to be ready and able to respond to families in times of crisis! Check out our programs in each of the sustainable development areas and prayerfully consider a contribution to help continue this critical work.
July 4, 2021 10am EDT
Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Tropical storm Elsa has moved on from southern Haiti. While the damage and impact are still being assessed, thanks to your past generosity, Overture and Espwa were able to receive 54 people and provide them with shelter, food and care. In fact, our team is taking the plantains fallen during the storm and cooking them for the families staying in the shelter locations.
As the sun comes out this morning and our families determine their next steps, please continue to pray for those in southern Haiti and those who remain in harm’s way as Elsa continues through the Caribbean and on towards the U.S. Thank you again for all your prayers and support.
July 3, 2021 10pm EDT
Thank you for all of your prayers and support! We’re expecting the wind and rain from Elsa to continue through the night in southern Haiti. Our Espwa team on the ground is working through the storm to continue to receive families seeking shelter.
July 3, 2021 4:17pm EDT
As the winds from Elsa begin to impact southern Haiti, our team on the ground is already locating families to help them more safely weather the storm. Please continue to be in prayer for all of those in the path of the storm. There are still many unknowns, but one thing is certain, that thanks to you, we’re more prepared than ever to provide food, shelter and care when and where needed in the region served by Overture International and ESPWA.
July 2, 2021
As you are likely aware, Hurricane Elsa is a category one storm currently in the Caribbean and on a path to make landfall at or near southern Haiti. This region includes areas that Overture International and ESPWA serve. We want to let you know that we stand ready in Haiti to respond to whatever impact the storm has on the people and communities. Thanks to you, Overture and those we serve are prepared!
Our team is on the ground and is currently facilitating the following efforts to prepare for this potential disaster in southern Haiti:
Our team on the ground is preparing ESPWA to provide safe shelter and nutrition to community members in crisis. Domes your support has enabled to be built, will provide relief shelter for families in crisis!
We have food stationed in secure depots in the communities ready for distributing after the storm.
Our social workers are contacting all of our families in the family preservation program so communities are alerted and better prepared.
Our medical nurses and other key personnel are on standby at ESPWA to respond as soon as they are needed and able to enter the affected communities.
We plan to keep you informed about the progress of the storm, conditions on the ground in Haiti and any needs that may arise as a result of the storm. You can visit this page: www.overture.international/elsa to keep abreast of information related to the storm and our response. You can also visit the National Hurricane Center for the official forecast. We humbly ask for your prayers for those in Haiti and for our team.
Hurricanes are a reality in this region, but because of the generosity of supporters like you, we and the people of Haiti are better equipped to weather these storms. We also believe that through adversity, we’re made stronger. So we will lean into this challenge with you and the resilient and steadfast people of Haiti.