Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Support the work COG member Peter Dybing in Haiti

 Another one of our members is out doing great work in the world on behalf of our community, and we should do our best to support him. His name is Peter Dybing and he is a solitary COG member originally from New Mexico who is working right now in Haiti.  His story is recounted in in this "Letter to the Pagan Community from Alane Brown,"  posted on Pagan Space.net.

"...Please consider donating money to Haiti Community Support. This NGO is not itself affiliated with any political or religious group. However, the man running the clinic, Peter Dybing, is a member of the Covenant of the Goddess and a longtime practitioner of the Craft. He was very active in the Albuquerque Pagan community before relocating to the Virgin Islands a few years ago. There he met Mathilde and Bruce, who run Haiti Community Support. Haiti Community Support is a NGO that has been helping Haiti since 2006 through programs in health, education and infrastructure building. Following the earthquake, Haiti Community Support shifted its emphasis to disaster relief. Peter (an EMT) and Mathilde traveled to Port au Prince on January 14th and set up an emergency clinic in a park. They recruited over 30 local Haitians and together they began caring for people who, despite severe injuries, just could not get into the overwhelmed hosp itals.

They arranged for shipments of medical supplies through a grassroots overland supply route from the Dominican Republic. At first, their medical supplies did not meet demand. They would treat patients until they ran out of supplies, then had to close up and wait for more. But as more donations began to come in, they were able to purchase more supplies, and can now make it through each long and grueling day. They treat wounds that have become increasingly serious because of the delay in treatment. Peter treats unset broken bones, cleans maggots from infected wounds and treats dysentery and other disease spreading through populations living in horrible conditions."...(Cont.)...

  We can directly support his efforts by contributing to the NGO he is working for which is Haiti Community Support. Encouragement and messages of support can be relayed to Peter via his longtime priestess friend, Alane Brown, of the Crow Women Circle and Goddess Choir in Colorado: alane@frontier.net.
 
Alane's letter was picked up on Jason's "The Wild Hunt" Blog along with a nice picture of Peter doing the relief work.
 
May the Lady and the Lord watch over, protect, and bless Peter Dybing in his critical work on behalf of us all.