Hi Friends!

We have some important information to go over the latest happenings in Haiti. Before we dive into what those are, we do want to let you know that our children, staff, and volunteers are all safe!!

So many of LOVE Takes Root caring volunteers, donors and sponsors have been asking how is everyone doing in Haiti. We are blessed to report everyone is safe and although no activities such as school, transportation, gas stations, markets have reopened, things are quiet in Jacmel.

Volunteers are safe! LOVE Takes Root had a trip scheduled this week. A much awaited and prepared Professional Development for Teachers. BUT  the US State Department issued a Level 4 “do not travel to Haiti” advisory for U.S. citizens on Thursday, February 14. The Embassy has also evacuated any non-essential personnel and has told others to take similar precautions.  LOVE Takes Root postponed the trip has been rescheduled for April 26th.

How did Haiti start having problems?

You might remember an email coming from us this past July about a new prime minister taking over. A forced exit and lack of communication as you can imagine will upset a lot of people.
“Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned last week after many riots started to break out. These riots were due to Lafontant wanting to raise gas prices.” – July 2018

 

For more on what is happening click here:https://www.npr.org/2018/07/15/629198841/haitis-prime-minister-resigns-after-riots-over-fuel-price-hike or for more history on Haiti click here:https://www.britannica.com/place/Haiti

Sending hearts to everyone!

Break it down for us… What does this mean?

Since February 7th, 2019 the country of Haiti has experienced a state of unrest. The instability began back in October 2015, when the results of the “first round” of the presidential election were contested. Instead of having a second runoff election, the transitional government was put into power.

Not so fun fact: This was supposed to be for a short period of time

Oh, baby back up… What happened?

It was not until February 2017 that Haiti held its elections. President Jovenel Moise was elected with less than 20% turnout… In July 2018 a nationwide protest ensued over the PetroCaribe corruption scandal. The end of the Venezuelan oil contributed to a fuel crisis that has been going on over the past 7 months. Another protest happened this past November, but neither protest brought about change at the national level.

What does this have to do with things now?

As of February 7th, “Operation Lock Down Haiti” went into effect. The goal is to shut down Haitian life, hitting political, social, economic, educational and medical aspects. The opposition is demanding their President Moise resign because of government corruption, gas shortages, devalued the national currency and the spike in the cost of basic goods.

Oh, Gosh! Now what?

Well, over the past 11 days the protest has blocked major roads, businesses have been closed, schools have been closed and transferring money between banks is difficult. The shutdown is leading to nationwide suffering, which considering many in Haiti have little to live on during good times, just got much worse. The most frustrating part is that there has been little response or solutions from their President.

Please include in your prayers and thoughts all the Haitians for resolving hardships and resolving unrest. We will update you with further information once we find out.