- Faith & Family
This past Thursday, January 12th marked the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Miamians and displaced Haitians alike observed the day of mourning across the city. Notre Dame Academy and Archbishop Curley High School hosted a memorial prayer service in the school’s cafeteria to remember the victims of the disaster.
“This was a very nice memorial mass,” said Lynn Delva, a 15-year-old 10th grader. “I really appreciated the commemoration of the earthquake in Haiti. It was a beautiful service.”
The 7.0 magnitude ‘quake struck near Port-au-Prince and affected 3,500,000 people. An estimated 220,000 Haitians perished as a result of the earthquake, 300,000 plus people were injured, over 188,383 houses were significantly damaged and 105,000 were destroyed by the earthquake.
“Even though I didn’t have any relatives in Haiti I believe that it is just a good thing that there are so many people out there that actually care,” said Nickolas Moss, 15-year-old ninth grader.
As a result of the ‘quake over 600,000 people were driven from their homes in Port-au-Prince and forced to live with families abroad and in other areas of the country.
“The Mass was very special to me because I do have family that lives in Haiti,” said Brenda Delvrua, a 16-year-old 10th grader. “It is really nice for the school to hold a program like this for us to be able to commemorate the earthquake victims. I was fortunate enough to have family that survived the earthquake so this really meant a lot to me.”
Throughout the Haitian community in Miami sympathizers are banding together to help restore order to the island nation of Haiti. Recently Representative Daphne Campbell, District 108 and Senator Gary Siplin, District 19 held a press conference in a joint effort to promote House Memorial 881 and Senate Memorial 1528 that are aimed at encouraging the federal government to adopt the Haitian Family Reunification Program.
By Randy Grice