Haiti’s orphanages have become targets for people desperate for food, water and medical supplies in the aftermath of the devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake.
On Wednesday night, Maison de Lumiere, an orphanage caring for 50 orphans, came under attack from a group of 20 armed men, aid workers told the Joint Council on International Children’s Services.
A neighboring orphanage sheltering about 135 children has been robbed several times over the past few days, they said.
Meanwhile, aid workers said a third orphanage caring for 17 orphans reported that townspeople are trespassing and tapping into the water supply that is reserved for the children.
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Below is a video of what happened at a food distribution center when supplies arrived:
I would like to somehow get involved in the discussions about bringing more orphans out of Haiti. I’m not advocating allowing children without paperwork to be adopted, but I am advocating getting children in orphanages out of Haiti so they can be kept alive long enough to figure out if they have family looking for them or if they are open for adoption. In a country where it is survival of the fittest, what chance do babies and children in an orphanage have?
If anyone has contact information for the Catholic Charities organization in Florida trying to make another Peter Pan type airlift happen, please get that information to me privately. Or, if you’d rather, you can give someone there my email address. If there is anything we as a community can do in the line of letter writing or emailing or faxing or whatever – I would like to do what we can.
I will not be around for a good part of the day, but hopefully I’ll have some time online mid-day before I leave work to volunteer a few hours at GG’s school.