Below is a letter from Mike Fedele, founder and president of Life For the World
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Dear Friends of Haiti,
I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of your selfless work, all of your time, your money and most of all your heart for the broken people of Haiti and the children and adults at Maranatha Orphanage and School and surrounding villages. The children and suffering people of Haiti need you at this desperate time.
As you may know by now approximately 200,000 people have died in the earthquake in Haiti from the reports I have. And the numbers are mounting because of lack of medical supplies, not enough doctors and insufficient food and good water. Many of the people are migrating north of PAP and food is becoming scarce everywhere. The UN and other organizations need to speed up the process of getting more food and medical supplies to Haiti because people are dying.
I have made contact with Simon, our main foot soldier for LFTW, and Maurice, the Director of Maranatha Orphanage and School. I plan on going to Haiti next week. Simon told me that PAP is very dangerous and he wanted me to wait another week. There is a possibility I will go with another organization through the Dominican Republic and into PAP. I am still waiting to see if that is a possibility or I will still go into PAP. We have two photographers who want to accompany me.
Yesterday Samaritan Purse, a Humanitarian Group, delivered a total of 400 pounds of rice, beans and cornmeal for Maranatha Orphanage and School and kids in the community of Source Matelas. We are able to receive texts from cell phones intermittently with our people there and communicate on an irregular basis. Many people are in trouble and they are starving. We are thankful for the 4-5 days worth of food. This was coordinated by Michelle O'Day and Lisa Hannenberg. We still do not have good water. We are trying to get some other children into the orphanage to be able to eat the food and be safe.
Both Maurice and Simon told me that they still cannot get any money out of Western Union or Sogebank, but today Maurice is going to go and see if that has changed. So it is imperative that we get cash there somehow to buy food. There are bags of rice and beans that can be bought on the street but they have quadrupled in price. So if we had the money on the ground in Haiti we could buy food. Simon told me that a transfer company called Unitransfer might be better to transfer money to our people. We sent him some money and I have not yet heard back from him.
You can now text contributions on your phone to Life For The World and PLEASE pass it along to as many people as possible. It will take out $5.00:
Text Number: 20222
Text Message: Support LFTW
Wait for the phone to respond back with "yes" to confirm and text back "Yes".
At this time we need peace in our hearts as we try to work for our brothers and sisters in misery.
Michael S. Fedele
Founder & President
Life For The World, Inc.
7618 Tapper Avenue
Hammond, IN. 46324