SOUTHHAMPTON - A Long Island pastor who has run a mission in Haiti for almost three decades says the road to recovery for the island-nation after a devastating earthquake has been slow and painful.
Rev. Donald Havrilla, pastor of the Southhampton Full Gospel Church, says that on the eve of the one-year anniversary of an earthquake that killed thousands, piles of rubble can be seen everywhere, garbage is littered in the streets and rats are running amok.
Havrilla has been running Mission Reach Out Haiti since 1982. Just outside Port-au-Prince, it is home to 1,000 students and employs about 100 Haitians. The quake destroyed two of the mission's buildings and the students now learn in tents.
Havrilla hopes to make his next trip back to Haiti in March.