Archbishop Graubner on a week-long visit of Haiti

Several places in Haiti, affected by a disastrous earthquake a year ago, are being visited these days (Jan. 8-15, 2011) by Archbishop Jan Graubner of Olomouc and Director of the Caritas Czech Republic Oldřich Haičman. During their week-long stay, both men are to meet representatives of civil and church institutions, charity workers as well as people stricken by the disaster.
Published: 7. 1. 2011 19:00

Olomouc: “Together with Director Haičman we are going to see how the charity operates here, how it helps people and how effective this help is. We would also like to see how the work of charity is appreciated by people,” said Msgr. Jan Graubner, archbishop of Olomouc and delegate of the Czech Bishops’ Conference for charity.

He and Director of the Caritas Czech Republic Oldřich Haičman left on Saturday, Jan. 8. After a night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, they traveled to the Haiti capital, Port-au-Prince. On Sunday afternoon they met people from the Caritas Czech Republic.

On Monday, they were scheduled to visit the refugee camps in the suburb of Port-au-Prince, and on Tuesday they traveled to Gonaives, where the charity operates a program for renewal of food sources. In the evening, they will meet with Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti Bernardito Auza, President of the Senate Kelly Bastien, Minister of Foreign Affairs Marie Michele Rey and other people at the apostolic nunciature in the capital.

During following days, both men will travel to Duval or Sibert. “Projects of our charity are run in these places – two schools for 450 children in Duval and kindergarten in Sibert,” says Veronika Nožinová, project manager of the “Charity for Haiti”. Recently, an orphanage is being prepared by the charity in Kenskoff near Duval.

Archbishop Graubner and Director Haičman will leave Haiti on Saturday morning, Jan. 15. They will meet the staff from the Caritas Czech Republic during a dinner a day before, on Saturday they will meet the staff of the Caritas Dominicana in Santo Domingo. They will leave for the Czech Republic on Saturday evening.

Journalists can ask Archbishop Graubner of Director Haičman through e-mail

Jiří Gračka

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