How to win:
- Make a MINIMUM donation of $10 to Friends of the Orphans Canada
- Forward a copy of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All entries must be RECEIVED by midnight on January 31st.
- Winner will be drawn at random and announced on February 1st.
- You can enter as many times as you’d like, but each entry must be the minimum $10 donation.
Here is one of those updates:
Haiti Earthquake . . . . Jan. 17, 2010
Thanks to everyone for your e-mails, prayers and donations.
Following is information from e-mails received Jan. 16 and prior about the devastation in Haiti related to NPH (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos -- Spanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters).
The NPH St. Helen Orphanage in Kenscoff, 11 miles east of the epicenter, is located at 6,600 feet. More than 350 children live at this location and they are all safe and there is no damage to the orphanage.
The St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, run by NPH and located in Tabarre, 15 miles northeast of the epicenter of the earthquake received some structural damage and about half the outer perimeter walls have fallen. St. Damien is currently caring for 125 children and 600 adults with 25 staff and 30 volunteers. There are 25 adults and children awaiting amputations. Approximately 38 handicapped children from the Port-au-Prince General Hospital have been relocated to St. Damien and are on the open lawn. Just days ago, St. Damien was a 120-bed hospital. It now has every square inch of its courtyard and parking lot filled with people in desperate need.
We are doing our best for them, under trees and in the parking lot with ever diminishing supplies. We will work throughout the night and beyond. No stores are open, no banks are open. Diesel fuel is running out. We will be out in two days, if we don’t find a solution, which will mean no power at all. The hospital is without water since there is some broken line between the well and the water tower.
According to the latest reports, they are running out of life-saving supplies that Father Dr. Rick Frechette (who is National Director of the NPH Orphanage in Haiti and Medical Director of NPH International) and his team desperately need. We are asking for the generosity of all Friends of the Orphans donors to assist with relief and rebuilding efforts.
The NPH Father Wasson Centre in Petionville which served as a guest house, volunteer residence, administrative offices and a day school for children with disabilities, completely collapsed during the 7.0 magnitude earthquake. It has been confirmed that two volunteers from the orphanage, Ryan Kloos and Molly Hightower (both from the US), lost their lives in the collapse of the building. Ryan’s sister Erin was rescued from the building after 12 hours and is currently in stable condition in a south Florida hospital’s intensive care unit. Her prognosis is good.
The old NPH hospital in Petionville has also collapsed and teams of workers have been digging in the rubble around the clock.
The 7 storey hospital in Petionville The injured at St. Damien hospital
This email is our attempt to very quickly and efficiently raise monetary funds through networking with our own friends, work & business associates, in order to provide immediate emergency rescue and relief and the financial means necessary to quickly respond to this crisis and care for these children. We aspire to raise donations and have that money working to rescue and save lives in Haiti. FOTOCAN will follow up on the Canadian Governments promise to match all personal cash donations. With your help, we hope to direct these funds to provide relief in Haiti ASAP.
Father Rick has the street knowledge, the networks and the experience to get the job done now, without the bureaucracy and red tape of larger corporate organizations that are still “assessing” the situation. He is already there, slugging it out in the devastation – and he needs funds to enable these crucial and life saving efforts immediately.
Absolutely 100% of your donation will go directly to Father Rick who is providing critical rescue efforts, emergency medical aid and basic necessities like water and food. This organization is small but highly efficient and your donation will have an immediate impact.
Haiti Fast Facts
• Poorest country in the Western Hemisphere
• History of instability, violence and dictatorship
• Frequent natural disasters
• Population: 9 Million
• Most people live on less than $2 a day
• Friends of the Orphans has helped orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti since 1987
• NPH is home to 350+ children, supports 150+ externally & assists over 30,000 Haitians each year.
Help out if you can, pass it on if you can too please!
Hope you're having a lazy/cozy Sunday like us...watching Ratatouille with the kids.