In addition to its work within Haiti, JRS has served the needs of Haitian refugees, forced migrants, and stateless people in the neighboring Dominican Republic for more than 15 years, expanding upon the migration and refugee work carried out by the Jesuits of the Dominican Republic and Haiti for the last 70 years.
(Port au Prince) May 1, 2010 — Ray Arana is a general contractor from Salem, Oregon. In the U.S., his company specializes in structural repair and framing. When the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, Arana was moved to act. Arana immediately put his skills to work, effecting repairs to the Jesuit novitiate and a neighboring residence for nuns in Port-au-Prince.
He also started teaching construction to Haitians. The skills people learn today will help them find regular employment in the future, he says.
Helping Mr. Arana in his efforts to teach construction to Haitians is Jesuit Novice Greg Ostdiek from the Detroit Province. Ostdiek is on a 30 day pilgrimage with a fellow novice.
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