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Florida Baptist Children’s Homes Strengthens Orphan Care in Haiti

By August 18, 2010 No Comments

LAKELAND, Fla. – Setting up tents, moving rubble, and distributing food in Haiti were not part of the regular duties of Eron Green, who serves as the central division administrator for the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.Green was one of six administrative staff from the Children’s Homes that took a week off from their regular duties to travel to Haiti in order to help improve the level of care at the Good Rest Mission orphanage along with several orphanages in the Port-au-Prince area.Charlie Cox, vice president of programs for the Children’s Homes directed the trip and said that the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince last January not only created major problems for an already impoverished nation, but also destroyed or severely damaged a number of orphanages.“Our trip focused on training childcare workers, helping to set up tents and distribute food and supplies, and assessing the overall needs in order to develop a sound long-term strategy for a new childcare ministry in Haiti,” Cox said.Dr. Jerry Haag, president of the Children’s Homes said that their long-term strategy will eventually focus on a few orphanages.“Our goal is to establish a few sites where we can bring in short-term volunteer teams to provide support to the orphanages. We will be working in Haiti for a long time as children usually suffer the most when natural disasters strike,” Haag said.Cox described the substantial need that they witnessed in Haiti as well as the gratitude among the orphanage workers.“I have been on mission trips before, but the extent of the poverty in Haiti was absolutely overwhelming. The people we worked with were incredibly grateful for everything that we were able to do for them. All of the workers kept asking us to come back and help them improve their orphanages” Cox said.Pictured are some of the children at the Good Rest Mission orphanage in Haiti where staff from the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes helped put up temporary shelters and provided training to orphanage workers.

“These people need just about everything. They need food, supplies, and better shelters, but I was surprised to learn that many of the orphanage workers needed training on many of the most basic issues such as hygiene, food preparation, and resource planning.”

“Our staff see the needs of orphaned children in Florida every day and do a great job of meeting those needs. However, this trip gave them the opportunity to use their experience and knowledge to impact the lives of children and workers in Haiti,” Cox said.

Please contact the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes at children@FBCHomes.org or at (863) 687-8811 if you are interested in participating in an international childcare mission trip to Haiti or to one of their other international destinations.

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