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Children in Haiti

Posted by deborahmclaren on January 20, 2010

Being a mother, and thinking it is the best job in the world, I have been worried about the children of Haiti. I’ve posted on Twitter, FB, and emailed friends encouraging them to get involved some way, some how. One of my first choices was to make a small financial donation to UNICEF. Since then, they keep me updated on what they are doing on the ground in Haiti. This morning Haiti experienced yet another quake and I received this information from UNICEF:

“As news comes this morning of a major aftershock, thousands of traumatized children in Haiti still need clean water, medical care and protection from trafficking and sexual exploitation.”

I’m concerned also about orphanages and the children whose adoptions have already been approved by both Haiti and the US – and the need to expedite the children to their waiting families. Not only is Haiti in chaos and needs our help, there are now hundreds of other orphans that need to take their places in the homes. These kids have been traumatized, many loosing entire families and wandering about on their own for days.

CNN reported this morning about finding a boy more than a week after the earthquake:

“A 5-year-old boy was pulled alive from a collapsed home Wednesday, eight days after a quake devastated Haiti. The boy’s mother was killed, and his father is missing.”

If you have ideas for supporting orphanages in Haiti, please let me know.

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