Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan 21, 2010 / 01:31 am
The charity Aid to the Church in Need has announced that it is sending $100,000 in urgent aid to help more than 200 impoverished seminarians in Haiti after their college collapsed in the earthquake.
The aid, sent from the U.K. office of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), follows news that at least 30 seminarians were killed last week when the massive quake destroyed seminary buildings in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
The aid package, which includes food, medicine, clothing and shoes for the surviving seminarians, follows a desperate appeal from Louis Kébreau, Archbishop of Cap-Haïtien and chairman of the Haiti Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
ACN reports that the Salesian archbishop stressed the needs of the seminarians and said they had nobody to care for them. They were desperate to return to their home dioceses, many of which are a good distance from the capital.