Friday, January 15, 2010

Mainers seek ways to provide relief to Haiti

From Maine-

As news of the crisis in Haiti spread after Tuesday’s earthquake, some Mainers on Thursday waited for word of their loved ones while others rallied support for the devastated country.

The parents of a 20-year-old Eddington woman learned their daughter, Colby College senior Jessica Frick, was unhurt in the earthquake along with her roommate, Yanicka Faustin. Cindy Frick said Thursday that the two students were unharmed and staying with Faustin’s father in his home in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. She had received the news in a call Wednesday evening from Faustin’s mother in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“We had been holding our breath for 24 hours,” Cindy Frick said. “We don’t know how long it will take to get her home, but just knowing she’s safe is enough right now.”

There has been no news yet of the status of Margarette Saintilver, the 26-year-old Haitian seminarian who visited the Bangor area for two months last summer. According to the Rev. Marguerite Steadman of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bangor, the Episcopal Cathedral in Port-au-Prince was demolished in the earthquake along with the seminary and a nearby school for children.

A Newburgh man still is awaiting word of his relatives in Port-au-Prince. Carrel D’Haiti, an engineer with Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, said Thursday that a niece and a nephew have died in the ruins of Port-au-Prince. Two other nephews were rescued alive from the rubble, but their conditions were not known, D’Haiti said.

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