McBride: Haiti, 6 months later, still in disarray

Thirty hours after Mandy McBride arrived in Haiti on a humanitarian trip on January 12, the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck not far from the orphanage where she and another nurse from Cache Valley, Carol Smith, were doing volunteer work.The rest of the trip was spent assisting victims and McBride says no one could even believe how much help was needed.”And there will be for a long, long time,” she said on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday. “When we went back in April again, on another volunteer trip to do some building, it was basically the same as it was back in January.”McBride described Haiti as being in disarray under a corrupt government with people living in “thousands and thousands of tents. People are just making make-shift houses.”Haiti was already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and through the years Mandy had been there approximately 20 times volunteering at the orphanage and working through an organization called “Reach Out to Haiti.” She has also adopted three children from Haiti, including a three-year-old boy in April. Those interested in donating or helping Haiti can contact McBride at (435) 881-9011.

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