Diocesan help for Haiti grows
by - 8/11/2010
In the six-plus months since a devastating earthquake hammered the island nation of Haiti, close to half-a-million dollars has made its way from the diocese and from groups and individuals in eastern South Dakota.
The bulk of the money came through a special Haiti Relief collection authorized by Bishop Paul Swain and collected in the diocese.
Another $82,000 went to Catholic Relief Services from other groups and individuals with zip codes in the Diocese of Sioux Falls.
Madeleine Philbin, midwest regional director for Catholic Relief Services said during an interview on Catholic Views, the weekly diocesan radio program, that CRS is now entering its long-term strategy to help rebuild Haiti.
The agency has fed 900,000 people and continues providing food, water, sanitation, shelter materials and medical care for hundreds of thousands in Port-au-Prince and beyond.
The outpouring of support from Catholics and others of good faith in the United States has enabled CRS to bring life-saving aid over the last few months.
CRS continues to supply food regularly to approximately 100,000 children in over 270 schools and 100 orphanages and child-care centers.