Hurricane Matthew: Worried about our sponsored Child :(

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I know you have been getting tons of questions regarding Haitian children, but we are desperate to know if our sponsored child is safe. Is there any way to get more information?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do I check on a child in Haiti that may have been impacted by the hurricane? ....
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Hi Katy! I wasn't able to find an account for you yet, but I can certainly check on your child if you have his or her child ID.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Any update on one of the children we sponsor?.

Any update on one of the children we sponsor? Jose Metellus? He is part of the Croix Hilaire Center.
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Hi Jim! As far as we know, Jose Metellus has not been affected by the hurricane, but our Haiti staff members are continuing to check on individual children at this time. If we receive information that she was impacted, we will let you know as soon as we have that information available.
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You meant hurricane, right? I just wanted make sure!
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Oh dear! Yes, I am sorry, Jim, that is what I meant. The last disaster that affected a large number of children the way this hurricane has was the earthquake in Ecuador. It's messing with my mind! Thanks for catching that for me :).
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I am so worried about my child Godson and his family from the community of Delmas 20. I have not received any word and I am hoping for some good news from his community.
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Hi Anna! Thank you so much for sharing your concern for Godson and his community with us. I know it's been difficult to wait for more information on whether the hurricane impacted him or not, but I am here to help you today! Godson is not on our list of children who were affected by the hurricane, and his center has not reported any damage either :). Our office continues to receive information from the staff in Haiti as each child is checked on, but we will notify you if we find out later that Godson was impacted.
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We haven't heard anything about our Mireille in La Source Haiti. I know that is probably a good thing, but we're worried that maybe Compassion employees haven't finished surveying the damage yet so we just aren't sure. Do you have any word on Mireille and/or her center?
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Yes, Rachel, if there is a natural disaster in your child's country and you don't hear from us, that is a good thing. You are right that we haven't finished collecting all of the information on the children and centers that were affected yet, but we are getting updates every few days. As of our latest update from yesterday, Mireille has not been affected. Her center did receive minor damage, so please be praying over the hands that will be working to assess and fix the damages that were done.
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Are our children, Sterson (HA7500415) and Keyla (HA6695109) okay?
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Hello Mitchel and Kathleen! Sterson and Keyla are not on our list of children who were impacted by the hurricane. With the staff still checking on children individually, we may receive new information indicating that they were impacted. If that does happen, we will let you know as soon as the information is available to us.
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I'm a new sponsor and it just dawned on me that my child is from Haiti. Could you tell me if he is ok? HA-735-0566
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Hi Laura. Jacquenley and his family have actually moved from their home temporarily because of the hurricane. Their home did receive some damage and he lost his school supplies as well. The staff are working to help meet his family's needs while they are displaced from their home, but would you please keep them in prayer with us? Thank you so much for sponsoring this precious young man!
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I know nothing was heard on our sponsor child yet. But that does not put me to ease because that does not mean she's ok. She could be in an area where they simply have not been able to check yet due to safety of even reaching the area depending how remote it is. I debated on sending Christmas $ on the 31st because i don't know when or if it will even get to her. I debated on writing a letter. I have not been confirmed she is even alive. I have not been confirmed if they have even checked where exactly she lives without a doubt. This isn't a case of 'no news is good news'. I know for a fact where she lives everything was pretty much destroyed according to news outlets. Yet I am told no details from Compassion other then "we've heard nothing so she's must be fine then". I don't believe it. I know Compassion is working, I know its not their fault how far they have or have not reached yet. I don't blame them. But what does bother me is why don't they be honest about what areas they have reached yet and what ones they have left to go. They could send us waiting an email update once a month on the area of our child lives to let us know, yes they reached the area or no ect. I sent $ on the 31st just because IF she is still alive I would hate for her to be disappointed and receive nothing in a time like this. But I probably would of sent more if I knew for fact she was alive.
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And whats happening to the $ we are sending once a month? Their center is gone, gotta assume. They haven't located her, theres no way her house or anything else is ok. Is the monthly $ and Christmas $ I sent just sitting and accumulating some where until they do find her?
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a.baker, I'm so sorry for the concern you must have for your sweet Chisedalie. I hear your worry, and I understand the frustration of not knowing whether your child is safe. When disasters like this happen, our main focus is to address immediate needs first. Because of this, it can take some time before we know the status of each individual child. Please rest assured that we are already on the ground, working to bring relief through our church partners who are trained to respond amidst disasters like this. Once we know the situation of the church partner, the field staff then goes door to door to check on each child and family. Initially, the field office emergency team works to distribute supplies, including food, water and hygiene kits to: children and their families, church partners that were significantly impacted and church partners that are serving as temporary shelters. The field office's priorities after partial assessment of the impact are to address the issue of short-term food security and clean out church partner facilities to accommodate displaced families. 

Right now, the Haiti field office is working on the second phase of their relief, which is to provide temporary shelter to children and their families and begin repairs on church partner facilities, so programming can resume. Church partners that were unaffected have also begun mobilizing their church members and school children to collect school supplies for those impacted. 

The last time you asked about Chisedalie was three weeks ago, and, at that time, she was not on our list of children who are affected. As we continue to assess the damage of Hurricane Matthew, we continue to receive updates from our field office. Please rest assured that we have reached your child's area with additional supplies because we do now have more information about Chisedalie's student center. The church partner that she attends has been affected. It has been temporarily closed due to significant damage. However, Chisedalie is still not on our list of affected children. We do know that multiple children in her area have been affected, but they have mostly experienced minor damage. Many of these children are healthy, living at home, and have lost some things like school supplies, household items, and clothing. Please try to assume the best in this situation until you hear otherwise. We understand your concern and will certainly update you just as soon as we have more information to share.  

Please rest assured that all of the support money that you have sent is being used to provide support for your girl. Especially in this time of recovery, your support is needed more than ever. We are using your support in addition to the disaster relief fund to provide clean water, food, and hygiene kits to Chisedalie. We are also confident that all Haiti children will receive Christmas gifts :). We are so very grateful for the immense love, care, and concern that you have for Chisedalie. Thank you for being patient and understanding while our field staff works diligently to help those affected. God bless you. 

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