We are presented with the suffering of Haitian children on a continual basis, and we help meet those needs in a variety of ways. A general donation gives us the flexibility to meet each new challenge we face:
- Each new child we accept into the orphanage has unique health and emotional issues. While we work to project our expenses, it is difficult to project the severity of the needs of each new child we accept.
- We frequently are presented with needs at other orphanages that are too urgent to ignore. There are many orphanages in Haiti. In our experience, only a minority have adequate resources to care for the extreme needs of the children they house. We have a history of helping out children in these cases. We have provided physical therapy and nutrition supplements to children with HIV. We have given clothes, food, and built school desks.
- We have a history of helping out children in extreme need, even though we may not take them in to the orphanage. A general donation helps us encourage existing family members to take the responsibility of caring for their own children if at all possible. We believe an orphanage should be the last resort. But it is difficult to turn someone away without giving the caretaker some type of assistance. This is especially true if they have a child who is suffering.