Haitian community in Spring Valley hopes for safety of loved ones after 7.2 magnitude earthquake

As Haiti does its best to recover from Saturday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake, Spring Valley residents with ties to the island are leaning on their faith.

News 12 Staff

Aug 15, 2021, 3:20 PM

Updated 1,072 days ago

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As Haiti does its best to recover from Saturday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake, Spring Valley residents with ties to the island are leaning on their faith.
The earthquake, which has claimed the lives of over 1,000 people and injured over 2,000 more, is one of many tragedies the country has faced in the last decade. In 2010, a magnitude 7 earthquake jolted the country, taking over 200,000 lives.
Now the country must face another disaster one month after Haiti's president, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated.
With multiple tropical storms headed straight for the island, many are worried that the worst is yet to come.
Still, hope is not lost. Haiti will receive aid from the U.S. and surrounding Latin American countries, as well as from public figures with Haitian roots.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka is donating her earnings from next week's Western and Southern Open to Haiti's relief efforts.
The French Speaking Baptist Church of Spring Valley has a predominantly Haitian congregation. Most parishioners know someone who was directly impacted by the disaster.
They are mobilizing to raise money and awareness of what’s taking place in their native land.
"This is not for someone who was born in Haiti, not born in Haiti. This is a humanitarian effort and everyone should participate and giving their best that they can,” says Spring Valley Trustee Eudson Tyson Francois.
The Spring Valley nonprofit Konbit Neg Lakay is also accepting donations, which can be dropped off at 16 East Church St.


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