Nine months after the earthquake, St. Francois de Sales Hospital, Catholic Relief Services and partners came together yesterday to remember those who perished at the hospital, to celebrate the courage of those who helped revive it in the days and weeks following the earthquake, and to usher in a period of rebuilding.
“The hospital was a victim and a witness of this catastrophe but it remains a tangible symbol of life, hope and renewal,” said Luke King, the newly appointed country representative for Haiti, at a mass held yesterday on the grounds of the collapsed hospital.
The mass was officiated by Archbishop Bernardito Auza, papal nuncio, and Haitian Bishops Joseph Lafontant and Pierre André Pierre. Also in attendance were Dominican musician Juan Luis Guerra and Melba Segura de Grullón, president of the Dominican-based Sur Futuro Foundation, which raised money to help rebuild the pediatric hospital wing.
Anna van Rooyen, CRS Chief of Party, unveiled plans for the new hospital, which call for building a 200-bed facility on the grounds of the old site. Meanwhile, a temporary hospital, about 30 minutes drive away, has been set up.
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