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Haiti still in ruins, East Texans provide salvation

By Philippe Djegal - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - When volunteers land in Haiti, many of them touch base with an East Texas family running the Youth with a Mission base in Saint-Marc, which is just outside of the nation's capital, Port-au-Prince. The Snow family has been coordinating disaster relief efforts since the day the deadly magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck, and they have been sending KLTV updates as well. Today, they share how Haiti is recovering nearly three weeks after the quake.

YWAM volunteers are traveling through villages in St.-Marc to an abandoned hospital turned refugee camp, carrying gallons of water and supplies to power wash the floors and walls.

In the meantime, the lines outside of the YWAM base in Haiti grows as each day passes. Refugees are desperately seeking salvation beyond the walls.

Security barricades the entrance, attempting to keep order, and yet some still sneak in.

Refugees bused in from Port-au-Prince to this base in St.-Marc are all seeking the same thing - the most prized possession in town; an I. D. card granting them access to food and shelter.

"It will have their name. They will have their I. D. number. It will also have the address, telephone number and below, it lists one of three categories," said Kristian Snow, a native East Texan and YWAM volunteer. "Blue is government. Government will supply their needs. Yellow is organization, which we will coordinate with YWAM, and red is a private house - meaning they already have friends or family taking care of them."

Bags of food are trucked in to be disbursed to local churches, and feed refugees staged in the YWAM gymnasium turned shelter.

"This is an awesome blessing because we really have not been able to get any rice in this city," said Wayne Snow, a native East Texan and YWAM volunteer.

Meanwhile, nearly three weeks after construction began on a make-shift refugee shelter, walls are up, electrical lines are installed and doctors are now treating patients.

"It's just a small team," said Kristian Snow. "They're just working small time, but this is the beginning of growing this whole clinic into a large thing."

. . . leaving light, and hope, at the end of a tunnel engulfed by darkness.

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