Thursday, January 28, 2010

Haiti's Orphans

Today has been a whirlwind of emotions. There are so many things I wish I had the time and energy to tell you. But first, a story that brought me to tears today.
Our director (a man I actually know from Virginia) has been receiving nonstop phone calls from international agencies and organizations looking to collaborate with us. He has also been receiving nonstop phone calls from families adopting orphans out of Haiti who are looking for assistance. He relayed this story to us tonight that completely broke my heart. (Please forgive me if I get some of the numbers wrong. It is late, and I have heard many stories and numbers today.) A couple from Virginia has been working to adopt a little girl from Haiti. In the days following the earthquake they attempted several times to reach the orphanage with no success. Finally the husband felt he had to travel to Haiti to find his daughter and ensure her safety. He had to fly in to the Dominican Republic and then cross the country to the border, and then walk several hours (I believe in the dark), to find the orphanage.When he arrived there he found no adults. I can't recall now if there were no adults present at all, or if there was one deceased adult on the premises. (Sorry, so many of these stories are running together in my head now.) What he did find was a dozen little toddlers alone in this building with no caregiver. And they have been living this way for several days. He also found deceased little bodies on the floor. (He did find his own daughter alive, by the way.) He then called his wife and said there was no way he could leave. He had to stay and take care of these little girls. Through another series of events he then was able to call our director. To him he explained that he has no food or water. He tends to the children and then goes out to steal food for them each night. He begged for our organization to come help him. We have his GPS coordinates. And he has our promise that we will be coming to find him ASAP on Friday, and that we're bringing supplies and help.

You will all understand if I just happen to come home in a few weeks with a child of my own, right?


  1. Anonymous8:16 PM

    I will, best wishes as you go through this experience. Juanita

  2. Oh sweet Lord! Reading this I was sobbing like in no way I have ever sobbed before! I'm still shaking, in tears, gasping for breath.

    To imagine those toddlers fending for themselves... surrounded by dead bodies... my heart breaks.

    Bring one back for me.

  3. Oh dear that is so heart breaking. Good luck on your journey down there. You are doing such an amazing thing. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.


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