Haiti UpdatePosted on March 25th, 2010.
In our latest trip to Haiti, we were accompanied by the Christian production company, BlueFish TV. We took them around Port-Au-Prince and introduced them to extraordinary Haitians who are living far beyond themselves. The purpose for BlueFish’s visit was to capture just that. So that we, R.U.4 Children, are able to continue with your ongoing support for Haiti relief projects. In addition, while in the country, we traveled to the city of Port Au Prince in search for video footage that will help our faithful donors understand the situation in Haiti.
On this past trip, through our relationship with a Haitian local church and Gerald Bataille Ministries, we helped ensure the future distribution and disbursement of over 2,100 pairs of shoes to orphans, children and families living in the IDP camps (Internally Displaced Persons or Tent Cities). 1500 of those shoes came by means of our relationships with Itschance and Safe Water Nexus. With Project 7 and Gateway Church, we were able to ensure the delivery of new water resistant tents to IDP Camps located throughout the city. At the boys’ orphanage we are sponsoring, we raised enough money to replace a collapsed wall and to purchase over 60 new mattresses. It is pretty cool to see God work “in the field” and know that He is taking care of the least of these!
Perhaps the most difficult part of this trip was meeting the needs of our kids in the Delmas Orphanage. These are kids who we had just met, and we, R.U.4 Children, have taken the responsibility to provide their physical, emotional and spiritual care. The Children at the Delmas orphanage are all orphaned because of the devastating earthquake; these are children whose parents did not make it. In the hours and days after the earthquake, the children began to band together: they were alone, naked and starved. All they had was each other. They ranged in age from 13 months to 13 years old. Wandering together, they grew in number. Eventually about 25 children found their way to a young 22 year-old girl named Lorvela. She immediately had compassion on the children and decided that she, her younger sister, and her mother must take care of the children. In that moment, they became a makeshift orphanage. They became the Delmas Orphanage.
When we came upon the children, they had a small tent for shelter, lacking shoes and food. Many of them did not even have a full set of clothes. We are pleased to say that we provided all of the children with over a month’s supply of food and baby products; we are working to upgrade their shelter and provide additional shoes and clothing. God has provided an American contact that will stay in Haiti and look after the children on a daily basis. Gerald Bataille Ministries, on a daily basis, is sending church members to love on the kids and act as role models. What was such a dark and desolate situation for these children has already begun to change!
Sometimes we can get bogged down with the stress of raising funds for children in need. It may seem that every time we turn around, we are asking for money; but now more than ever before, we need your help. Please share this story about the Delmas orphans. Help us get the word out; the continual care and safety of these children are up to you.