Thursday, January 21, 2010
For His Glory Adoption Outreach sent out the following email to parents
and supporters of Maison des Enfants de Dieu:
On January 20, 2010, staff from the Maison des Enfants de Dieu
(Children of the House of God) orphanage accompanied by representatives
from the U.S. ministry, For His Glory Adoption Outreach (FHG),
attempted to obtain humanitarian parole from the U.S. Embassy ... read more
Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010
I was out of cell range all day. When my Blackberry came back to life, I was inundated with requests for news about the orphanage.
They are still stuck in Haiti. They never went to the Embassy. Adoptive parents Elizabeth and Josh Daby tell Fox correspondent Laura Ingle the embassy told them not to come unless all the kids have their pictures taken. So the orphanage spent the day taking photos. Word is they will try to get to the Embassy again in the morning. I will be working at the airport, and hopefully will see the kids loaded on to an airplane soon.
15 children at the House of God's Children (Maison des Enfants de Dieu) who are not yet adopted. If you are interested in adopting or fostering, please visit www.forhisgloryoutreach.org. Here is the latest press release from For His Glory Outreach:
Press Release - January 20, 2010
Orphans Intend to Depart Port-au-Prince...
complicated orphan process delays orphan's departure
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti) On
January 20, 2010, staff from the Maison des Enfants de Dieu (Children of the House of God) orphanage accompanied by representatives from the U.S. ministry, For His Glory Adoption Outreach (FHG), attempted to obtain humanitarian parole from the U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince for 133
orphans. The orphanage staff and FHG representatives were turned away because of confusion about photo requirements for each child. Additionally, they were informed that humanitarian parole would only apply to approximately 111 of the 132 children from the Maison des Enfants de Dieu orphanage. These are the orphans who have a "United States qualified referral" dated prior to the earthquake on January 12, 2010.
In accordance with specific instructions received today, orphanage staff and FHG representatives will depart for U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince in the early morning of January 21, 2010, with the 109 children eligible for humanitarian parole. We anticipate they will receive authority to depart Haiti via air by the early afternoon and will provide further information on the actual schedule as soon as we have it. Three of the remaining 24 children are being adopted by parents in Argentina and Canada and are waiting for those countries to announce their evacuation procedures. The remaining 18 children at Maison des Enfants de Dieu orphanage will remain in Haiti since they have not yet been referred for international adoption. The orphanage receives request each day to accept new orphans, however their ability to accept children orphaned since the earthquake is very limited. Orphanage staff today reported they were out of diapers, low on food and they remained concerned about security at the orphanage.
Kim Harmon, President of FHG, underscored her call "to all who
care about these precious children to pray earnestly for their safety
and that the complicated humanitarian parole process can be successfully
completed tomorrow. We are thankful to the Lord for where He has
brought us and for everyone's tireless prayer and work to accomplish His
will in bringing these children home soon. We pray that the wait will
not be much longer and continue to work to that end."
FHG is a ministry to the people and children of Haiti. Our ministry is dedicated to
fundraising and assisting the orphanage, Maison des Enfants de Dieu, in
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From CNN Monday,Jan 18:The House of the Children of God. The house is still standing, but the children are afraid to go back in.
The toddlers, barefoot and covered with dust, are huddled under a huge tarp. Most sit calmly, but a few come and wrap their arms around our legs and smile.
There are bugs everywhere and not much to eat. Armed bandits scaled the walls twice this week and found so little to steal that they left empty-handed.
The director, Pierre Alexis, tells me he is afraid children will get sick and die if they don't get help soon. The building seems sound, and there is a lot of staff. He has charities in the U.S. that help him. We play with the kids and embrace optimism.
Then we come upon the truck. Twenty five babies under a year old are in the back, laying on cardboard and paper. The orphanage keeps running out of formula, so they have fed them water and powdered milk.
As we talk to one of the caretakers, a girl erupts with diarrhea. She wipes her off with the dress of another little girl. One baby gags. Others spit up. It's hot. Flies settle on their faces and heads.
These babies are very vulnerable. All of us working this particular story have children, so we have a frame of reference. We all murmur that these children will dehydrate quickly. They will catch colds. They will be bitten by mosquitoes. Pierre has reason to be frightened.
Related:U.S. works to expedite orphans
Thankfully the children at the BRESMA orphanage have already been brought to the US and other countries where they are to be adopted. The death toll is estimated at 200,000, according to Haitian government figures relayed by the European Commission, with 80,000 buried in mass graves. The commission now estimates 2 million homeless, up from 1.5 million, and says 250,000 are in need of urgent aid.
Recent #Haiti tweets:
- Haitian siblings survive earthquake, meet their new family
- Relatives of Americans Missing in Haiti Angry
- US Accused Of Delaying Haiti Relief Doctors
- Updates on the Crisis in Haiti
- Orphanage: Adoption plan needed for Haitian children
- 'Please just let him be safe'
- Haitian adoptions in limbo for Canadian families
- Haiti's Orphan Airlift Takes 53 Kids to Pittsburgh
- Ontario nurse recalls moment colleague died in Haiti quake
- Canadians wait for word on adoption of Haitian orphans