On the 12th of January 2010, a devastating earthquake ripped through Haiti killing over 220,000 people. Just ten months after the earthquake, Hurricane Tomas hit and swept away the few belongings people had pulled from the rubble. One month later, an allegedly fraudulent election heightened tension leading to riots. In December, it was reported that over 3,000 died from cholera. And today, over a million people continue to be housed in temporary shelters comprised of sticks and sheets in large camps with insufficient water and sanitation.
Countless lives have been deeply wounded and affected. While Haitians are defined as resilient, this doesn’t negate their daily struggles and physical pain.
Situated on the coast of Leogane, Haiti exists Ca-Ira, an orphanage known for pouring out love and care for orphans and children from impoverished families. For years, this orphanage has saved countless children from starvation and sexual abuse.
Yet, on the 12th of January, 2010 Ca-Ira experienced a major setback to their mission. The two-story building that housed the living quarters for the children was completely destroyed by the destructive earthquake, killing five orphans and two of the orphanage staff members. The school center and the church that sheltered 220 pupils and 20 teachers also collapsed.
To help Ca-Ira return to the hope they once brought the children, we have partnered with the Ca-Ira Children’s Village over the past five years to reestablish a place where children have a safe place where they can afford to be just children. Not only this, children are prepared for an independant and self sustained future through receiving an education and the opportunity for vocational training.
Even as construction continues, doors have opened in the surrounding community to minister to the lives of the many families living in abject poverty. The small community of Ca-Ira surrounding the children’s village contains many families in need who are unable to properly care for themselves.
The team this summer will be focusing on two key areas:
1. Construction and maintenance projects
Our German office recently received a grant to build additional classrooms on the Ca-Ira site this year. Our July team will have a chance to work alongside our Haitian team and aid in the construction. There will also be other needed maintenance projects for the team to undertake.
2. Kid's camp
The team will be running some activities for the children of the Ca-Ira orphanage and in the surrounding community. We’re excited to host a fun filled week of learning and adventure!
The root causes of poverty in a country such as Haiti are complex, but GAiN is committed to serving at the Ca-Ira Children’s Village and in the surrounding community as the need continues to be great, even almost six years after the devastating earthquake.
Through working both on-site at the children’s village as well as in the surrounding community, GAiN LIFE Team Members have a chance to practically demonstrate the love of God, in word and deed, to hurting and needy people in Ca-Ira.Would you join us in continuing to serve the children and community of Ca-Ira who continue to struggle to rise out of poverty?
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