The three Haitian women studying at Modesto Junior College finally have heard from their families after the deadly earthquake that rocked the Caribbean nation a week ago.
The students are here on full-ride scholarships to study agriculture business, then return home to improve their communities. They shared their fears about their families with The Bee in a story published Friday.
Over the weekend, all three made contact with one or more members of their immediate families, and all are alive. One lost a niece and nephew.
Here are the updates:
- Graciane Mathieu, 23, from Jacmel, Haiti -- Spoke with her sister and learned of the deaths of her nephew and niece. Her sister said Mathieu's parents and siblings were alive, but because Jacmel was hit nearly as hard as Port-au-Prince, finding food, water and shelter is a problem.
- Joanne Joseph, 26, from Anse-au-Veau -- Spoke with her mom, dad and siblings over the weekend. Their house collapsed and was destroyed.
- Carline Paul, 22, from the outskirts of Port-au-Prince -- Spoke with her uncle and brother on Saturday, then heard from her mom Sunday. Her family is alive, but there's no word on the condition of the town.
The women called their families repeatedly after the quake. Their relatives managed to reach Modesto despite communication lines that remain compromised.
Relief workers are still struggling to deliver assistance. Haitians likely will continue to face trying to survive without medical help, shelter, food and water.
The MJC Foundation has set up a fund to help the three students and their families. To donate, call 575-6068.
Bee staff writer Michelle Hatfield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2339. Read Hatfield's education blog at thehive. modbee.com/ExtraCredit.
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