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Posted on November 5, 2019 Being Thankful during Crisis
Kihomi Ngwemi & Nzunga Mabudiga
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“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” I Thessalonians 5:18. 

 

Dear Loved Ones,

Greeting. Almost 22 years of ministries in Haiti, we have not yet seen a crisis of this proportion. Three weeks of locked down country where nobody knows what tomorrow will be made of.

If one is lucky to find a gallon of gas on the black market he has to buy it for over US $ 10. Some Good Samaritan motorcyclists helping people with short distances are asking too much money most of our common folk people cannot afford. The prices of what one can find today on the streets or in the boutiques have gone way up.  I wanted to buy a young female goat for a child to raise. The owner asked US 150 for it.

Yesterday Wednesday our university closed its doors sending all the students home until Monday. Those who are courageous enough to walk-catch moto-walk-catch moto have gone but some are trapped here on the campus.

The university has fuel for almost 15 days with a good and reasonable rationing of light and water. Once it runs out of that fuel and if the situation does not improve, the authorities will have to take drastic measures (may be)  to close for the semester. There will be no way to keep close to 2000 students with no water, no light and no food.

Talking of food. We have a medium bag of charcoal, bulgar floor, balk beans and a garden richly blessed with sweet potatoes leaves, sour leaves, manioc or cassava leaves, liane panier leaves and kikalakasa leaves -all yummy and organic food. We are good until the university runs out of fuel. The nature has forced us to go veggie.

Three courageous nurses went to the eye clinic where they treated 9 desperate patients Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Who pays the high price for this mega crisis: patients who can’t find doctors and medication, poor people who live on day to day basis, and students who can’t go to school risking to lose the semester.

Yours in Haiti,

Nzunga & Kihomi