Hi, Kate here. For the last two years I’ve been involved with an orphanage in Haiti called the Hands & Feet Children’s Village. Two years ago, the orphanage was ravaged by 4 successive hurricanes that hit Haiti which flooded their buildings and buried their property in 5 feet of rock and debris from flood waters. Fortunately no lives were lost at the orphanage. They were able to clean up, rebuild and construct a retaining wall around the property to prevent future flood damage.
But now the earthquake.
Again, amazingly, all the orphans were safe and their buildings stayed standing, but the town of Jacmel where they are located was decimated. There is extensive loss of life and destruction in the town. Although the orphanage has enough supplies to last for 3-4 weeks, they are being inundated with newly orphaned children and the remainder of the town which is without food, water and medical services. The roads leading to the town have been badly destroyed and no aid has been able to reach Jacmel yet. There is no heavy machinery to be able to clean up debris and the hospital in Jacmel collapsed in the earthquake.
There are many organizations doing good work for Haiti right now, but if you have not yet gotten involved, please consider donating to the Hands & Feet Project which is actively serving and caring for 73 children ranging from 2 months to 9 years old. Various involved parties are in the process of trying to secure supplies and the transportation means necessary to get the supplies into Jacmel. They can use your thoughts, prayers and donations. Visit them at www.hafproject.org.