Savannah pastor remembers Haiti, one year later

By Lora Chance - email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - One year after a 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti, thousands are still struggling to survive.

Before moving to Savannah, Pastor Larry McDaniel of The Sanctuary, lived and served in Haiti.

"I lost several very good friends a year ago," said McDaniel. "I'm afraid it's worse now. People have not seen light at the end of the tunnel. Many people had unnecessary amputations done and have no means to work and get food."

A national cholera epidemic has added to the misery.

"Cholera is sweeping the country," said McDaniel. "The fear that it causes is rampant."

More than 150,000 people have contracted the deadly disease, spread by contaminated water. More than 3,500 have died of dehydration.

If you want to help the people of Haiti, McDaniel said it's important to work with people and organizations you trust.

"We have a good friend who is in the process of building a church there," said McDaniel. "We're sending our money directly to him. He gives us pictures and receipts back immediately."

That good friend is Pastor Joel Vibert. He started building the church before the earthquake struck. It's now being used as a shelter.

"There are probably 500 people that make that their home," McDanield told WTOC.

If you want to help, contact The Sanctuary of Savannah at 912.691.1148.

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