CHF recovers historic documents from Port-au-Prince’s Cathedral of Haiti
By Jennifer Browning
Cooperative Housing Foundation International (CHF), an international development and humanitarian assistance organization, recovered important historic documents and records from the Port-au-Prince Cathedral of Haiti, which sustained major damages in the January 12 earthquake.
The documents including marriage certificates, baptismal certificates and building papers date back to when Haiti first gained independence over 200 years ago.
CHF who was approached by representatives of the office of the late Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot, worked on the site with heavy machinery for three days and managed to recover 90 percent of the archives. The Ambassador of the Vatican to Haiti was onsite for one of the days to ensure CHF recovered the most important documents, and members of the archdiocese collected the documents as CHF removed the rubble.
This is a great achievement for Haiti in that the country will be able to continue to preserve its history.
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