Thank you for reaching out to capracare about the recent turmoil and plight of our beloved Haiti. On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, Haiti’s core took another devastating blow heard around the world, as the country’s President Jovenel Moise suffered a fatal attack at his private home, leaving his wife and First Lady of Haiti, Martine Moise, severely injured and battling for her life. We pray for the family, send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the relatives as well as to the people of Haiti.
As a Haitian-led organization, and fully Haitian staffed, you can imagine how our hearts were broken for our Haitian people, colleagues, friends, and family when we received the unimaginable news of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise and injured wife, First Lady Martine Moise. Unfortunately, capracare and the communities we serve, do not have the time to participate in the luxury of waiting to see how things will develop; because the grisly pictures and heartbreaking videos are coming fast and furious with no warning or filter!
Over the next coming days, capracare will be joining our Haitian brothers and sisters for the National 15 days of mourning, beginning July 8 - 22, 2021, while simultaneously ramping up our mental health services to provide more support to the children, their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and everyone in need; as the President’s assassination is having a devastating effect on their mental health, stress level, and anxiety. Haiti’s daily living conditions and trauma are ongoing battles. Hence, disasters like this further exacerbate their state of well-being. So, we ask for your full compassion and understanding of this important journey to help provide stability and support to our Haitian neighbors in their beloved country of Haiti.
We can do this by addressing this moment as an urgent one, to take immediate action to guard our communities’ fragile hearts and minds to ensure Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) triggering contents aren’t allowed in! But, most importantly, we can not be discouraged to turn our backs on Haiti. I hope in the coming days, you will find strength even in these dark times to pledge that you shall always keep the course with us. This is our chance to keep hope as a moral obligation to support Haiti’s fight for democracy, to return it back to being the Pearl of the Antilles!
Jean Pierre-Louis, MPH
President & CEO of capracare