The Directors of the school in Haiti recently shared with us that many of the children were traumatized by the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.
They exhibit symptoms such as withdrawal, depression, that are commonly associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. The children are also very concerned about the fate of their parents, friends and their community. This has impacted their ability to learn and, to focus on their studies. They are now questioning why such events continue in Haiti?, why do they lose people that are dear to them? fearing that those people may disappear at any time in their lives. They are constantly afraid of being left alone.
In Haiti; children are expected to be resilient but, they are only children; plagued by major events, living in fear and, anxiety. No child should have to go through such events without the proper emotional support. The Directors are doing an awesome job to keep everyone focused but, they are in need of a psychologist who can lend a hand to help the children back to emotional health.
The school building was not damaged during the hurricane, it was used as a shelter for many in the community during and following the storm. The children will return to school in September. Being in school will give them a sense of security. We are thankful to God for His mercy.
If you are aware of anyone who may be able to help us address this specific need for the children please let us know or pass on our contact details. We thank you for your continuing partnership and prayers.