Orphan Advocacy in Haiti
August 16, 2012

As you know, orphan advocacy goes well beyond the important work of adoption.  It also encompasses caring for orphans as they wait for their forever families.  As children wait in Haiti, there are several opportunities for you to provide for the needs of orphanages and the children they serve.  One orphanage in need is caring for 16 children with special needs.  Another is in need of sponsorships to provide for over 100 orphans’ public education and medical care.  A third orphanage is in need of support to continue to provide 250 orphans with a child-proofed, secure environment, protected against diseases carried by insects.

The request to care for the needs of these orphans is significant.  To pay for the caregivers and the operating costs for the special needs children, the orphanage needs $40,000.  The 100+ orphaned students need $3,000 a month ($36,000 total) to sponsor their schooling and healthcare.  One of these children, Evens, is 9 years old and has been an orphan since his first birthday.  Evens has significant cognitive and physical delays due to his premature birth and is in need of therapy sessions and physiotherapy equipment to assist him in learning at school.  A simple gift can make all the difference for the rest of his life.

Our adoption program in Haiti is still in its early stages, but there are already over 30 families moving through the process and we anticipate exponential growth in the coming months!  These adopting families will be blessed beyond measure knowing that there are people like you who are caring for Haitian orphans in the same life situations as the children they are working toward bringing home.

Is this an area of orphan advocacy that you have a desire to meet?  Will you be the one to provide hope to a child like Evens as he waits for his adoption?  We would be honored to partner with you in caring for these orphans!

God has blessed us with so much so that we can be a blessing to others.  Thank you for your financial contributions and your continued prayers.  You are making an eternal impact in Haiti!

To contribute online, simply go to America World's donation page, designate your charitable contribution to our Isaiah 1:17 Fund and be sure to include a line about "Haiti Orphan Advocacy" in the Notes section of the form.

To participate by sending a check, print and fill out the Haiti Orphan Advocacy form, and return your check to America World's corporate office (address included within the form).

As always, feel free to contact me to discuss orphan advocacy in Haiti or any other area where you feel drawn to help.

In Him,

Jason West, Director of Development

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