Early this morning I dropped my husband off at the airport for a 2 week trip to Haiti with an organization called Mercy Chefs. Simply put, Mercy Chefs is a Christian non-profit whose purpose is to provide food in disaster relief situations. They help both the victims of disasters, as well as relief workers. My husband has been to Haiti and several countries in Africa with Mercy Chefs over the past couple years. Each time he comes back, he has such heart-breaking stories.
Due to Haiti's location in the Atlantic, it has been hit by numerous hurricanes and tropical storms. Back in January of 2010, Haiti was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which devasated the already "economically vulnerable" country. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed as a result of the earthquake, and it left at least another 1 million people homeless. In this article, journalist Eric Farnsworth states, "Even in good times, Haiti is an economic wreck, balancing precariously on the razors edge of calamity." Still today, Haiti has not recovered from this disaster, and millions live in tent villages.
Mercy Chefs has been helping Haiti since the earthquake in 2010, building a kitchen, training Haitians how to run the kitchen, and teaching them how to produce food products they can sell to encourage economical growth. My husband is returning to the same kitchen he assisted in organizing, as well as to provide additional assistance as needed in the kitchen and village. I am so looking forward to hear how this village has progressed since he left there about a year ago.