A Haitian pastor living in Warner Robins is coordinating a local effort to bring what he calls "desperately needed help" to his native people.
Willie Severe just returned from a week-long visit home, but when he goes back to Haiti, he wants an army of support behind him.
Willie Severe says even the video he shot on the streets of Haiti last week doesn't do the devastation justice.
Severe said, "I think we should create a new word to describe what I've seen. I've never seen pain and hurt in a situation like that."
Severe took the trip home to evaluate the situation for himself, finding his two homes, church and community medical clinic flattened by the earthquake. He planned to bring back a team of volunteers immediately to help, but seeing his property in ruins, he does not have a place for them to stay. Severe says it will take about $65,000 to rebuild.
He brought back pictures with him to Warner Robins and a plan for how to get help to his home country.
Severe asked Warner Robins OBGYN, Dr. Cheryl Young, to lead a volunteer team of doctors. She in turn asked the Medical Center of Central Georgia to contribute supplies. Young said, "Just simple things, alcohol, betadyne. We've gotten a lots of supplies."
Young says a few doctors, an anesthesiologist and several nurses have already agreed to travel to Haiti with Severe's group, bringing medical supplies and helping the injured.
Volunteers like Ros Crymes plan to come too. Cyrmes says their mission differs from that of those who first responded to the crisis.
Crymes said, "That's being taken care of by all the multitudes coming in. The problem is going to be the chronic situation that's going to happen a year from now.
Severe's team will join the effort for the long haul.
While larger organizations request only money, Severe says from what he's seen, items such as clothing and tents need to be shipped to haiti too. They have been collecting donations inside large shipping boxes at Christ Chapel in Macon and Warner Robins.
Severe said, "Since the day of the blast, they been sitting there with the same clothes. Kids with the same clothes. No place to go wash themselves."
Willie Severe's family founded the Severe Foundation to help Haitian children 40 years ago, so he's experienced in non-profit organization. His organization owns two 15 acre tracts of land in Haiti, that they plan to build orphanages on. If you have questions or need more information about the Severe Foundation, call 478-258-0503.
Fort Valley State University, several churches and businesses have already joined in Severe's effort, but they need donations, plus volunteers to serve locally and in Haiti.
Severe is working closely with Frontline Men's Ministry, a multi-church Christian men's group.