Norwich Haitian ministry begins relief efforts

Jillian Thorp of Old Saybrook, seen in an undated photo from Haiti, who is the mission house's acting director with Charles Dietsch of Southbury were both rescued. Photo submitted by the family Jillian Thorp of Old Saybrook, seen in an undated photo from Haiti, who is the mission house's acting director with Charles Dietsch of Southbury were both rescued/Contributed

Despite having its mission house completely destroyed in Tuesday’s earthquake, the Diocese of Norwich Haitian Ministries has no intention of giving up its commitment to the people of Haiti, a spokeswoman said this morning.

“We are committed to be with the Haitian people,” said Emily Smack, the executive director for the Norwich Haitian Ministries. “One way or another we will be in Haiti.”

The two Connecticut residents who were trapped for 10 hours in the collapsed mission house near Port-au-Prince were pulled out alive early this morning.

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