There are times I feel very lucky to been in a country as relatively well off as Nicaragua (no extremely catastrophic natural disasters to affect every corner of the country in almost 10 years!).
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
The Dominican Republic isn't far behind.
They both occupy the island of Hispaniola and they both have been hit by successive hurricanes Faye, Gustav, Hanna and Ike in the space of a few weeks.
They also both have NPH homes for orphaned and abandoned children and those homes are struggling to meet the needs of the children and their surrounding communities in the wake of such disaster.
For more information and ways you can help, go to www.nph.org. Following is a letter about the desperate situation from Father Rick in Haiti.
"Hello to all,
With much difficulty and facing raging nature in the form of winds and rains and flash floods we were able to get to Gonaives to help the sisters of Mother Teresa who are friends of ours as of 20 years they have sent many children to our orphanage over the years and we have helped them with many medical cases.
Some of their patients drowned in their house and the sisters were on the roof for 3 days unable to come down.
In any case we made it to Gonaives with 5 truckloads of help.
(We supplied) Mostly drinking water which is rare we went with 21,000 servings of water it is prepared like a glass of water in a small plastic bag.
We brought a ton of food and dry clothes and a pump, generator and gas to pump the water out of the compound.
We left last night but got caught between 2 raging rivers and spent the night in the trucks wondering what would happen to us and how we would cross but we fought our way through mud and waters today and made it to Port-au-Prince where all the bridges around our hospital are destroyed and there is massive flooding in parts of Port-au-Prince, and cabaret it is a very tragic situation.
As you know our orphanage had extensive damage but no one was harmed we will be without electricity for a few months I am sure.
As you know we had the effects of hurricane Ike last night so even though we left Gonaives it is flooded again to 3 meters as i write and by cell phone we know the sisters are back on the roof.
Tropical storms Faye, Gustav, Hanna and Hurricane Ike have displaced about 1,000,000 people in Haiti due to floods from a government source I heard today.
Best regards your prayers are appreciated.