|The majority of the refugees at the camp are children.|
February 10, 2010. Thanks to the generous donations made through
Catholic World Mission, Haitian earthquake victims are receiving aid to
meet their basic necessities.
Catholic World Mission’s aid to Haiti was
sent directly to an orphanage in the town of Duverger,
about 70 miles from the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The
orphanage is a missionary initiative, part of a series of
projects run by Movin’ with the Spirit (MWTS) Mission Haiti,
whose founder and president is Sean Forrest, a Catholic musician,
international speaker, and youth minister.
Mission Haiti’s stated purpose is to
“faithfully serve the many needs of the poor and strengthen
the villages of Duverger and Dandann, by building an orphanage,
elderly home, school, and health clinic.”
The first phase of the
four-part building program was the orphanage, House of Mary, Mother
of All Children, which was halfway through the construction process
when the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. Take
a video tour of the orphanage with Sean Forrest at
As the news of devastation and deaths spread,
the team of volunteers immediately got to work, turning the
undamaged orphanage and its grounds into a refugee camp and
soliciting aid from friends and supporters in the United States.
Catholic World Mission immediately formed an alliance with Mission Haiti,
sending donations from the United States and Canada to support
the work of the on-site MH volunteers.
About 75 refugees are
currently living on the premises. Most of them arrived directly
from Port-au-Prince with nothing but what they could carry with
them. The group also includes two orphans who had settled
into the new facility before the earthquake struck.
the donations, the missionaries have been able to provide for
immediate and elementary needs, such as food, shelter, medicine, blankets,
flashlights, hygiene products (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.), baby formula,
diapers, and tents to the refugees.
“CWM gifts have gone
to help us in the immediate relief efforts of stabilizing
our site and community with the necessities. Thank you again
for all your support, and thank you for the prayers!”
said MWTS Mission Haiti Missionary, Kristin Todzia.
To follow ongoing updates
about Mission Haiti, visit the web site at http://mwts.org/missionhaiti/
or become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mwtsmissionhaiti.
connected with Catholic World Mission to find out about
upcoming aid efforts to combat poverty and respond to natural
disasters around the world.