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Haiti: not forgotten in south central Wisconsin

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SOUTHCENTRAL WISCONSIN (WKOW) -- Haiti's struggle to survive after January's earthquake doesn't appear in the major daily headlines any more.

That doesn't mean Haiti's been forgotten by our local area: in fact, just the opposite.

Dozens of local groups are reaching their own lifeline to Haiti.

From Sun Prairie, to Milton, to Madison: south central Wisconsin is reaching out.

Chris Nicaise of Madison just got back from Haiti a few days ago.

He saw makeshift shelters, set up in the middle of the road leading into Port au Prince. He saw some buildings still standing, others completely crumbled. He even saw how long it will take to even begin to clear out the rubble.

Chris Nicaise says, "You walk around huge mounds of gravel concrete, and you see top of buildings with a few hammers and wheelbarrows."

Nicaise is an engineer, who went to Haiti with what's called the Haiti Project, to help work on a trade school teaching Haitians about plumbing, electricity, and more.

Matthew Harvey says, "They're living without any shelter.."

Matthew Harvey of Milton knows Haiti: he went there with his church, Central Christian in Beloit, before the quake. After making friends with his interpreter Mackenson, Harvey realized Mackenson and his family was living without shelter: he was bound and determined to bring them tents and supplies. He's now has made it his own personal mission to get back: even trading in his own elliptical to raise money.

Harvey says, "I don't think people realize there's no food, no water, no shelter."

Not far from Harvey, Haiti Ministries in Beloit sent a relief group in April, who saw how the rainy season has affected those living in tents.

Even back here at home, many are still sending money. The Faith Hope and Love Worship church in Sun Prairie held a benefit concert last Friday.

Pastor Harold Rayford says, "They say it'll take 35 to 25 years to clean up. Children that are born now will not know what the country used to be like.. which we know, was already in dire straits."

Now left with a bit of hope from those who haven't forgotten.

For more information on each of these efforts and how to help them individually, here's a bit of information below:

Health Ministries for Haiti; Beloit, Wisconsin

Checks can be made payable to HMH

9E Spyglass Court

Madison, WI 53717

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Helping Hearts and Hands: Project Hope

To donate to Matthew Harvey's project, ask at any Blackhawk Community Credit Union about Helping Hearts and Hands

helpingheartsnhands@gmail.com

Faith Hope and Love Family Worship Center

(click on link for more information)

Haiti Project

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