Grand Strand groups continue to help Haiti six months after quake

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Chandi Lowry - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Buildings remain in ruins six months after an earthquake ravaged Haiti.

Thousands were killed when the quake rocked the country in January.

The Barefoot Community Church was one of the first Grand Strand groups to step into action, sending supplies to the poorest areas.

"They were so excited about how everything was in good condition it was exactly what they needed. It got distributed well to thousands of people in the Carrefour areas," said Care Pastor Jim Evans.

Evans said he just returned from Haiti last week and is planning another trip in a few months.

"When we show up down there, it increases the hope in Haiti, knowing that they are not alone. They aren't just stuck there by themselves and no one in the world knows about them or cares about them, but we go down there to let them know they are not alone in their struggles," explained Evans.

Lee Parrish is working with New Directions International to feed hungry children by bagging up food and sending it to Haiti.

He said, "You would think after the earthquake that things would, with all of the relief that came in, would be better, but the reality is there are still children who are unable to get food."

Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina University student Nathalie Valdema was in the country one day before the earthquake hit. Her family is from Haiti and continues to help the needy.

Valdema has already built shelters with the university to send overseas, but she wants to do more.

Valdema said, "I'm planning a two week trip before school starts and I'm very excited. I can't wait to see what has happened."

Valdema will go on her trip in August while the Barefoot Community Church plans on making another trip to Haiti in October.

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