MOH offer housing and transportation for volunteers who work on education projects, undertaking carnivals, and training for various trades in the country .
A member of Flowers’ church earlier told an NBC affiliate that 160 people from American churches were waiting out the protests at MOH’s office in Titanyen, about 30 miles north of Port au Prince .
MOH said on Facebook that the teams on its Haiti campus “have plenty of food, water, and security, as we continue to monitor the situation carefully.”
“Mission of Hope is thankful for our friends and family in neighboring villages, who have been so encouraging and supportive, ” it told. Please join our entire MOH family, both North American and Haitian, as we pray for a quick conclusion to these demonstrations.”
Flowers conveyed some empathy for the protesters .
“When you think about the fact that some Haitians attain only$ 5 a week and the government wants to increase the price of gasoline by 38% that in and of itself points to the reason for the unrest, ” he told. “Our hearts are just broken for the people out there and we’re merely thankful for the working group, which has a lot of love and hope and a desire to help out however they can.”
An calculated 120 American and 100 Haitian guests are staying in a Port-au-Prince hotel where demonstrators earlier tried to set fire to the hotel and get past security, said Stacy Librandi Bourne, an emergency medical professional from HERO Client Rescue who is at the Oasis Hotel .
After the “Ministers ” announced a temporary stop to the price increases the situation calmed down, she told .
US officials told tourists and missionaries to shelter in place .
“Do not attempt to travel at this time. Avoid protests and any large meet of people. Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks, ” a State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs official told .
There are no reports of US citizens in Haiti being injured, the embassy told .
American Airline, JetBlue and Spirit Airline told Saturday they have canceled flights to Haiti .
American spokesman Curtis Blessing said the airline canceled seven flights and will re-evaluate the situation Sunday .