When the Earth Moved, We Moved

Jean Paul Coffy

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This website is dedicated to aiding the search for the relatives of the Ajanaku-Coffy family in Haiti following the recent earthquake. Ever since the earthquake brought telephone and internet communication with Haiti to a virtual halt, family and friends in the U.S. have been anxiously awaiting news from the parents of Coffy and his five brothers; nobody knew what has become of them. In Chicago, Coffy, his wife Yakini, their children Akin and Ade, and Grandma hoped and prayed for a phone call, an email, or any news of their family in Haiti.

With the worldwide relief effort still offering little news or hope, Coffy, in desperation, finally did the only thing left to do: he took the next flight to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, hoping to make his away West across the Dominican Republic, across the border with Haiti, and into the coastal city of Port au Prince, Haiti.

The Ajanaku-Coffy family in Chicago is important to the lives of many, and it pains all who know them see them suffer. In this little corner of the internet, we hope to do our part in making Coffy's search successful. With the devastation brought by the earthquake, food and clean water are scarce in Haiti, as are medical supplies and transportation. From this website, we will give some background, maintain a blog documenting Coffy's journey, and conduct an effort to raise money through donations to fund both Coffy's search and his ability to help others in need.

Zilania Joassaint, Jean Paul's mother

Reserve Coffy, Jean Paul's father

About this blog
This blog is maintained by parents of La Grande Famille on a voluntary basis. We do our best to keep it up to date and report news as we get them. However, due to the unstable internet connection with Haiti and the Dominican Republic, sometimes materials, especially Coffy's notes, photos and short videos that he's been taking with his phone arrive with a few days delay. We post them anyway even though they are out of their "proper" place in the time-line.
Some of the posts are messages from other people, and are posted with their consent.