Children's Hope Solidarity Team at MABE Orphanage -- Gressier, Haiti

Children's Hope Solidarity Team at MABE Orphanage -- Gressier, Haiti

Thursday, June 14, 2012

2012 Haiti Journal #2 - Red Zones

Dear Friends,

This month, we are headed back into a “Red Zone,” and we need your help to get there. The “Lamp for Haiti” clinic we help support is again under fire and has been catagorized a "Red Zone."

When Children’s Hope first started going into Haiti back in 2004 there were many areas of that country where other, bigger non-profit organizations simply would not go. They believed those places were not safe enough and declared them off-limits. These places are labeled “Red Zones.” In fact, that year the whole country was considered a “Red Zone” and U.S. citizens were advised not to go to Haiti at all. Children’s Hope went anyway.

After the earthquake of 2010 the main airport was closed and most NGO’s couldn’t get into Haiti, though they tried. Children’s Hope was there within three days with hundreds of pounds of emergency medical supplies. Over the years Children’s Hope has hand-carried and personally delivered nearly a half million dollars worth of supplies, thanks to donors like you.

This is our 21st service trip to Haiti. Among other duties, we will take two student interns to the “Lamp For Haiti” clinic in one of Cité Soleil’s “Red Zones” called Bwa Nèf to deliver medical supplies and check on their infant nutrition program.[i]

Cholera still rages, (7,050 dead) from this U.N. introduced pathogen. We support a responsive struggle to urge the U.N. to install infrastructure for clean water, now that they have accepted blame for bringing cholera to Haiti.[ii] Earthquake reconstruction is slow; unemployment and under-education leave lasting scars.

Children’s Hope is committed, for the long term, to providing humanitarian support & solidarity to our sisters and brothers in Haiti. But, we can only do so with your generous support. Won’t you consider making a pledge today, or a donation here online?

Thank you so much for your continued support and solidarity. Men anpil, chay pa lou (many hands make the burden lighter).

In Peace & Solidarity,
Leisa Faulkner and Paul Burke
Co-Founders, Children’s Hope