This is the house in Saint Louis de Sud that we will restore.
This is the house in Saint Louis de Sud that we will restore.
This a beautiful stretch of beach to work on.
This a beautiful stretch of beach to work on.
To show appreciation we had fresh coconuts Haitian style.
To show appreciation we had fresh coconuts Haitian style.
This is one project outside of Cayes that I hope we can do. This needs more than a roof. It's a little more extensive. The old lady and child moves me.
This is one project outside of Cayes that I hope we can do. This needs more than a roof. It’s a little more extensive. The old lady and child moves me.

Oct. 25

We packed up the rented 4×4 and headed out early for Camp Perrin. We stopped in the small coastal town of Saint Louis de Sud. This is the place where we got stuck the night of the mudslide. We saw a possible project that night so we went back to check on it. The small house was damaged and I am surprised it did not wash away. It is right on the sea. A 70 year old woman lives here with her son. This is a small fishing village. We got the materials for the house and found the right people to do the job. We have zero hands on the work. We are trying to empower the community to come together and supply some small work for this very needy area. As we moved on to Camp Perrin we looked at a few other projects. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Kenny

Oct 24

My bad on yesterday’s dates. I added a day. Days do run together down here. We had to go back to Port today to rent a 4×4 to finish off the work. We will head back to Camp Perrin in the morning, spend the night then I have a meeting with a Dave Harding from CBF in hopes of forming a partnership. Once that is done we will go much further out to many unchanged communities to assess and do some home restoration. We are looking for roofs to replace. There will be many and will depend on Gods guidance. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Kenny

Oct. 22-24

Two down days which is not to my liking. But for some reason down hear you have to continue to say it is what it is. We were all very tired on Saturday from the crazy mudslide trip and I was able to visit a local church on Sunday. So all was not totally lost. Tomorrow it will be time to rock and roll. Please pray it goes well. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Monsoon rains hit and the areas we are working are flooded. Cayes is underwater.
Monsoon rains hit and the areas we are working are flooded. Cayes is underwater.
With all the rain tarps are the top choice.
With all the rain tarps are the top choice.
Pastor Harry directs the food distribution. Moments later all heck broke loose and we just dropped and ran. Crazy!
Pastor Harry directs the food distribution. Moments later all heck broke loose and we just dropped and ran. Crazy!
We saw 100's of homes covered with water.
We saw 100’s of homes covered with water.

Oct. 21

We started early making the food bags to take down to the tent city. It has been raining some here but not to bad. Heard Port au Prince was getting hammered. We left around noon headed back over the mountains and towards Cayes to get tarps and food to the tent city we are trying to work with. What we did not know was it had been raining several days very hard and the Cavallion, Cayes area was flooding out. As we got to the south coast and started heading west the rain picked up like nothing I’ve ever seen. The lightening was just as bad. I started noticing the roads and fields were beginning to hold water. The further we went the worse it got. We had already crossed several swollen rivers so we were kinda at a point of no return. We got to the camp set up distribution and got out of there quick as we could. After about 10 minutes the people turned into land sharks and bull rushed us. We dropped and pulled out quick. Heading back the flooding was peak and it’s only by the grace of God we didn’t get washed away. We passed our last hurdle only be be stopped dead in our tracks by a massive mudslide. Bummer, after assessing the situation we realized we ain’t making it home tonight. Us and about 50 other cars were stuck till from 6:00 to 4:00 AM. Finally about 2:00 AM two front loaders showed up and made a path. We made it back around 4:30AM. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Kenny

Oct 20

Raining hard all day. Can’t move around much at the moment. We did finally get food supplies delivered today. Hopefully we will bag it up in the morning and head out. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Local carpenters are repairing the rafters.
Local carpenters are repairing the rafters.
Local carpenters are repairing the rafters.
Local carpenters are repairing the rafters.
The work was started in the morning and by 4:00 pm was completed.
The work was started in the morning and by 4:00 pm was completed.
Alex speaks to the sister of the home before we head back to Gran Goave.
Alex speaks to the sister of the home before we head back to Gran Goave.

Oct 18

After a good nights sleep I was up early and took a walk around Camp Perrin. I really do not see much, if any, activity going on relief wise. Save Our Children are here but they have been in Camp Perrin for a long time. I met one of their field directors and hope we might partner with them, especially at the tent city. There are so many children there and they do not have a WC (latrine). That is a major health concern. What we could use in Camp Perrin is a chain saw crew with experienced operators. This place is mess. I saw some pictures taken several days before the storm and this place was beautiful. So many trees and shade and the town stayed cool because of the canopy. They say you could walk all over and not leave the shade. Now there is no greenery or trees. Could take decades or maybe a generation to get back. The roof project was finished today so now these sisters and grandchildren can at least stay dry. We loaded up and headed back to Gran Goave to regroup and start the supply process all over. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Kenny

Diddy handing out a food bag in Commune Cavaillon.
Diddy handing out a food bag in Commune Cavaillon.
The tarps are much needed to escape daily rain and heat.
The tarps are much needed to escape daily rain and heat.
The food line. Orange vested guys are the de facto security/leaders that made this distribution point work.
The food line. Orange vested guys are the de facto security/leaders that made this distribution point work.
Tent city Commune Cavaillon.
Tent city Commune Cavaillon.
This time we bought cheese puffs and crackers for the kids. This was a huge hit and also helped with crowd control.
This time we bought cheese puffs and crackers for the kids. This was a huge hit and also helped with crowd control.

Oct. 17-2016

We loaded the truck up again with about 90 food bags and supplies to stay in Camp Perrin for several days. Our plan was to do spot delivery as before to cut back on the danger factor and to check on our small construction project. I am traveling with Alex, Diddy and Joe. Numbers are important due to the possibility of robbers. Diddy and Joe are big muscle guys and their presence is huge. As we approached Cayes Diddy noticed a Camp up on a hill. We made a quick u turn and drove up to check it out. Turns out there are about 500 people who’s homes were totally destroyed and sought the high ground to escape the flooding. Tents made of sheets, cardboard and whatever are now their home. We made a fast assessment and Alex found the de facto leaders. They told us their story and we gave out all the food, tarps and aqua tabs. The aqua tabs will help somewhat for clean water which is a huge problem. The name of the camp is Commune Cavaillon and it’s in zone Grandier 2. If it were not for good leadership here we would have been stampeded and probably attacked. Once the food was gone and it was not remotely enough, the leaders helped us get safely out and we headed to Camp Perrin. We will return with more food and tarps. Logistics make this hard and expensive but it is what it is. We purchased sheet metal and some lumber for our roof project. Awesome how God directed us to this small camp. I think we can work here. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Kenny

Oct. 16

Sunday and a day of rest and reflection. Tomorrow we head back to Camp Perrin to deliver food on the way and to check and see if the clean up has started on the house we want to put a roof on for the elderly ladies. That will dictate if we stay or not. Once the clean up is done we can get started. We will check on material for the roof and try and move further out to see where else we can help. Rest was needed today. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Kenny

125 food bags ready for delivery.
125 food bags ready for delivery.
The bagging crew.
The bagging crew.

Oct 15/2016

Today was another day of food purchase and building the food packs. They all contain the same as before. Such a small thing brings so much joy that at times it can be overwhelming. On Monday we will head back south to Camp Perrin but this time we will stay for 3 or for days. It will be a difficult journey but I am sure God has already made the path safe. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Kenny

Loading up our first batch of food supplies to take south.
Loading up our first batch of food supplies to take south.
This is a small place called Omba Fort, in Aquin.  This was our first stop.
This is a small place called Omba Fort, in Aquin. This was our first stop.
Happy to get something.
Happy to get something.
Desperate people.
Desperate people.
Camp Perrin, town we hope will be our ground zero.
Camp Perrin, town we hope will be our ground zero.
Our possible first re-construction project.
Our possible first re-construction project.
Camp Perrin looking down.  Looks like a bomb was dropped. you could work here for years.
Camp Perrin looking down. Looks like a bomb was dropped. you could work here for years.

Oct. 14/2016

We headed southwest early this morning to a town called Camp Perrin. We have connections there and thought this may be a good starting point. Along the way we ran across Omba Fort, Aquin. This little peninsula got hammered. We stopped to get some food to the people. They have zero help for food and water. As we started the distribution things became very dangerous so we quickly got out of there. We handed out only 40 bags. As expected a few messed it up for many. We moved on and stopped along the way to single dwellings for safety sakes. We made it to Camp Perrin which had to be a beautiful town pre hurricane. Not a tree left standing and massive damage to most structures. This town is NW of Cayes. We distributed food and surveyed what we might be able to do. We found some elderly sisters who lost everything. God willing and God providing we might can get a roof over their heads. Please help me pray through this. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Kenny