Covid-19 in Haiti & the DR: The coronavirus continues to spread. Cases in the DR have surpassed 16,000. In Haiti, official numbers are still low (1,400+), but it is nearly impossible to determine the actual number of cases. Social distancing restrictions are in place, much as they have been in Canada. Even though many activities are delayed or temporarily halted due to Covid-19, there is still action at all Rayjon-supported project sites.
COVID-19 Project Updates
- Consuelo, Dominican Republic: Project Director Georges has completed an emergency care package distribution for 80 families in the community of Barrio 41. Each kit contained dried food goods and face masks (made by Doña Rosa, the sewing teacher).
- St. Marc, Haiti: Repairs to the gutters and rainwater collection system at the Pinson School have been completed during the school closure. Unfortunately, the actual planting of the community gardens and agricultural training for local families is on hold until it is safe to resume
- Cap Haitien, Haiti: Rayjon is proud to be partnering with Konbit Sante and supporting their community health agents as they visit some of the most impoverished neighbourhoods in Cap Haitien, install hand washing stations, and provide preventive training. The CNEWC is opening with reduced hours and limited staff, allowing parents to speak with the nurse and pick up needed supplies of the Medika Mamba nutritional supplement for their children. An additional emergency food distribution will take place this week, reaching some of the most vulnerable families.