The Salvation Army is keeping close tabs on what is happening in Haiti after Tuesday’s devistating earthquake. Dr. Linda Burkle is a social worker with the Salvation Army and spent time in Haiti several years ago to assist in the devistating hurricanes that repeatedly struck the area. She still has contact with friends and associates in Haiti and says the Salvation Army runs a compound there that consists of a church mission, clinic and daycare. She says with the area in ruins, the compound is becoming a comfort to many. Poeple are setting up temporary shelters on the playground area because they have nowhere else to go. Dr. Burkle says many of the homes are little more than shacks and they basically crumbled when the earthquake it.
Dr. Burkle says living conditions prior to the earthquake were brutal with heaping trash, no infrastructure, running water or toilet facilities. She says the poverty is so severe tha people wore rags and were constantly hungry. Theft was an everyday occurance because everyone was desperate.
The Salvation Army compound was destroyed but there were no injuries. Donations are being accepted.