UPDATE as of 4:00 PM:
They are safe. There is ome tree damage, lots of water, but nothing terrible. Electricity is on and off, which was expected. Nannies have stayed home so the kids are with two volunteers who live and teach at the mission. Although they outnumber the adults more than usual, the kids are being great, staying inside, and at their best behavior. We are glad and grateful to have clean water to drink for now, as that will be a big issue going forward for Haiti.
Clean drinking water is an issue in Haiti on the driest of days. According the Center for Human Rights, nearly 70% of the population does not have access to potable water. A functional, nation-wide sewage and plumbing system is practically non-existent. Contaminated water leads directly to waterborne illnesses, which account for more than half of the deaths every year and high infant mortality rates. We saw this firsthand in the cholera epidemic that struck Haiti shortly after the earthquake in 2010.
We have been working for the last five years to upgrade the facilities to include weather-resistant structures for dorms and the school, and built sanitary toilets and showers. The improvement in their health from 2010 to now is incredible.