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Compassion International says that communities supported by the ministry have been hit hard by Saturday's 5.9 magnitude earthquake. 

ReliefWeb reports that so far there have been 17 deaths, 333 injured and 7,783 families in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the quake.

The quake occurred Saturday evening in the northern part of the country near the city Port-de-Paix.

“We want to give praise to God because it could be worse.”

Guilbaud Saint-Cyr, director of Compassion International’s work in Haiti told Mission Network News that Compassion is still trying to determine how much they've been affected by the earthquake. "We have a lot of houses damaged; more than 500 houses of the children [were] damaged. Some church partners [have had] their facilities damaged or collapsed.”

haitiorphansA 2010 earthquake in Haiti created thousands of orphans.Saint-Cyr says that four of Compassion's sponsored children were injured, and three children had their homes completely destroyed.

“In spite of everything, we want to give thanks,” Saint-Cyr says. “We want to give praise to God because it could be worse.”

Compassion is working with local churches to not only provide for physical needs but also emotional and spiritual needs.

“Even [if] you have been trained in that, when the situation happens it is very tough [emotionally] to deal with," Saint-Cyr says.

“That’s why we keep working with churches to bring psychological help to the children, parents, and siblings so they could have less emotional [problems].”