ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- We're introducing you to good neighbors who are helping a country that has been called "too close to ignore."
A local church is still helping rebuild Haiti four years after a deadly earthquake.
Believe it of not, basic necessities like shoes and spoons, two things we take for granted, are in desperate need in a country that has been shaken to its core.
Calvary Cross-Link Ministries in Rockingham County works to keep this country alive.
The church's pastor, John Welborn, explained, “Out of all the children that are born, about half of them will make it to the age of five. They're dying based off of dysentery and ring worm and things that are easily curable."
He's been to the country to help rebuild and knows firsthand how something as simple as silverware can save lives.
"A lot of the villagers don't have any kind of utensils to cook with, and so they use their hands for everything, which is not exactly sanitary," Welborn continued.
He, his wife Ashley, and a missions team have been working for the past year and a half to get kids back to school in a nation that's lost nearly everything.
“It's my joy to give back what's been given," shared Ashley Welborn.
Their work is just a small part of the puzzle that the American Red Cross says is still largely incomplete for Haitians.
Jana Sweeny, Director of International Communications American Red Cross, explained, "The one thing that I hear from when I'm down there, and I was just down there in December, is we don't want to be forgotten."
Knowing that, the Welborns and their congregation say they're prepared to continue helping however they can.
"When you come back from Haiti, you just can't be the same," concluded John.
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