Christian Groups Send Trauma Kits to Haiti

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with over 80 percent of its people living in abject poverty, is still traumatized just eight months after a devastating earthquake that killed more than 250,000,
Only 28,000 of the 1.5 million people displaced by the earthquake have moved to safe transitional housing, and 40,000 more children will die this year from diseases caused by malnutrition. Crime is rising, and desperate people see little hope for recovery. The crisis is not over.
As a response to quake and its aftermath, the David C. Cook organization donated more than 9,000 Haiti Trauma Kits this spring to any community group that could place the kit into the hands of church leaders in Haiti.
More than 80 Christian groups responded in one of the biggest cooperative efforts of Christian mission groups in Haiti. There are more than 8,000 Creole kits and 1,000 English kits available.
The kit contains (1) an 11-session curriculum that guides pastors and leaders through the healing process, (2) a case study between a pastor and a young man who lost his beloved wife in the earthquake, and (3) a Scripture guide for those who minister to hurting victims. For children, the kit contains (4) a lesson that helps children replace their fears with God’s peace and (5) an interactive children’s book that uses art therapy to help children express anger, hurt and pain.
Operation Mobilization (OM) Caribbean and Compassion International have delivered hundreds of kits. Among other groups participating are Church of God Ministries, Kids Alive, Mercy Ships, and Somebody Cares America.
“The Haiti Trauma Kit supplied free by David C Cook is one of the best tools we have for helping Haitian people deal with the trauma from the earthquake,” said Henry Janowski, field leader for OM Caribbean.
OM Caribbean brought 62 pastors together in Carrefour, Haiti, to train leaders to deal with their own trauma and then return home to help others deal with theirs. There was a tremendous amount of dialogue and interaction. In the final session, attendees wrote their worst experiences and placed them at the foot of a cross. Then the papers were burned, symbolizing that God helps His people through any situation, no matter how horrific.
“It was like the weight of the world was lifted off the attendees,” Janowski explained.
For information contact David C Cook at Marlene.LeFever@DavidCCook.org.