I am just back from a very tough two weeks in Haiti. The worst damage from Hurricane Michael was far to the west of us. Nonetheless, we had 30 hours of intense rain and moderate winds. The lower level of the Santa Chiara Children’s Center was flooded, but the kids stayed safe and dry. We lost electrical power for a day. In the slums surrounding, many people either lost roofs for the shacks or the dirt floors of the homes became mud floors. People are knocking on our gate for food.
During the hurricane and it’s immediate aftermath, the number of children we serve increased by 10%. We are currently feeding, educating, and providing safe refuge for over 70 children a day, 28 of whom live with us; moreover, seven of the children living with us are infants who are still in diapers. While our focus in on children, at least a half dozen mothers of the children spend much of the day at Santa Chiara, where they are busy making clothing for the children; we are teaching them a craft that hopefully will allow them to earn some money.
Our greatest need is for funds. It takes about $5,000 a month to maintain the Center. Nearly $3,000 of that goes directly to food and essential supplies. It also pays a very meager salary for our 15 employees. Donations of clothing and other material items are just too difficult and expensive to ship to Haiti.
If you are able to send a check, it must be made out to Pax et Bonum Communications; just note in the memo line “Haiti” and 100% of the money will go to Haiti. Our mailing address is: 827 N. Hollywood Way #555, Burbank, CA 91505
Obviously, my work is Haiti is why I rarely post things on this blog. I do send daily journals from Haiti directly to 112 people who support our humble outreach to impoverished street kids in Port-au-Prince.