Saturday, February 20, 2010

BRESMA Children Moved to Safe Haven

We are very fortunate that the orphanage directors in Haiti have a long standing tradition of working together for the good of the children they serve. Over the years, BRESMA orphanage has repeatedly sent very sick children to God’s Littlest Angels orphanage, up in the mountains near Kenscoff.

GLA is directed by Dixie Bickel, who is a registered nurse, has worked in Haiti for almost two decades. Her house is very well equipped with medical supplies and well trained staff. Her house is almost empty – almost all of the children have gone home to their forever families.

BRESMA orphanage is damaged. Although two engineers have visited and stated that the building is stable and will not fall, staff members remain too frightened to enter it at all. The nannies and children remained camped out on our very small, sloped concrete front patio under tents and shelters. Conditions were miserably uncomfortable at best, and with the rains coming, we were frightened for the children’s health. Pneumonia is a very common cause of death among young children in Haiti.

Margarette and Dixie have cooperated to bring ALL of the BRESMA children to God’s Littlest Angels. On the 19th of February, Margarette brought all of the children except for a few who were already sick, and on the 20th they joined everyone else at God’s Littlest Angels.

Dixie reports that the children who arrived on the 19th appear to be in good health. A few needed some Pediasure for weight gain, but no medical intervention was necessary.

Thank you to Dixie and her staff for showing once again that it’s all about the children.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Small Town, Big Hearts!

The students in the small town of Watertown, S.D. decided to welcome two new classmates from Haiti by showing their concern for the children remaining in Haiti:

Lincoln Elementary in Watertown, SD, celebrated their 100th day of school by revealing the amount of money collected in their "Hundreds for Haiti" fundraiser. The school has been eagerly awaiting two new students who have recently arrived from the BRESMA orphanage in Haiti. Students and parents were encouraged to empty their piggy banks over the past two weeks to help support Kentucky Adoption Services and the BRESMA orphange houses in Port-au-Prince. Their hopes were to help rebuild damaged buildings and to provide needed food and water. Each day as donations came in, $10 blocks were added to the cafeteria wall in groups of 100. The school's mascot, the Lincoln Leopard, is shown with students from each grade and a check for over $2600 to Kentucky Adoption Services. The outpouring of support and good wishes from BRESMA adoptive families' communities has been overwhelming!

Thank you, Lincoln Elementary. Your donation will help children who have were separated from their families in the earthquake. We will keep them safe while we look for their relatives.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Kids Helping Kids

These amazing children raised just over $2,000 for Haiti at their bake sale!

Hi Diana,

Here are two photos from Rocky Mountain Christian Academy's 3rd and 4th grade "Hearts for Haiti" Bake Sale to raise funds for KAS. My class and my team teacher's class is the 1st one (Mrs. Tadewald and Mrs. Fraser 3rd grade) and Trent's 4th grade class,Mrs. Weber, and the second 4th grade class of Mrs. Townsend are in the 2nd picture. I'll e-mail you a dollar amount after we total the funds from the sale and we also have a service project for individual RMCA families in 3rd and 4th grade to raise funds through February 11th for the support of KAS. I'll keep you posted on that endeavor also. Not "tooting our horn", but we all want you to know that your hands are where so many hands want to be there, HELPING! We pray for your strength and the Lord's continued guidance in your work!



BRESMA has about 50 children in care - some from before the earthquake, some who came in afterward in desperate need of aid. Every penny helps us to keep them alive. Thank you, RMCA!

Children Coming Home

The following was written by an adoptive mother whose daughters flew into Miami last night:

John, Gina, Josh & I are at the Ramada Inn in Miami! We had quite an adventure today including two lovely ladies from Southwest gettting us on a quick plane to Ft. Lauderdale from Orlando! Glory to God!

As we were getting our 12 passenger rental van to drive to Miami, I received a call from Christina! A red cross worker that she had been talking to about her family & showing pictures of us, let her use his phone! God bless, Micha! What an intelligent girl we have to bring her Mom & Dad's cell phone numbers with her! She immediately said, "We are in Miami". I forgot where I was so I said, "We are in Miami too!" She said "Ahhh, oui?!?!" with relief. She said she didn't have a good trip & that she was hungry & tired. I explained that they would be going to "The Children's Home". She said ok. I said I talked to the director & she is nice & they will feed you & let you sleep. I said you might sleep there, but we will be working to come to you. She said "Ok, come quick". I said ok & that we are praying that everything willl go quickly. Then, Carme Suze, Daana, Samentha & Claudia all said Hi & apparently, everyone besides Christina had a good trip ;) What touched me the most is that they were all saying I'm hungry & laughing. I don't know why it was funny, but I said they would get to eat soon. But, they kept laughing! I said they are having a party in the U.S.A.!

Then, we headed to His Home for Children where we would be processed by the Office of Refugee Resettlement & where the girls will be staying - hopefully, for just tonight. When we walked inside, I could feel the peace of God all over the place. They greeted us warmly & asked, How are you? I said, Great & started to cry & said I got to talk to our girls. Someone immediately gave me a hug. This is God's Home for Children & their mission statement includes taking care of the fatherless. I wish our girls were here at the hotel with us, but I felt comfortable knowing this is where they'd be (that is NOT how I felt earlier this evening!).

So then we met with someone from ORR & he was really nice. Looked at all our paperwork asked a few questions & said that they'd have to contact the USCIS for the fingerprint clearance that we did last week & that everything else looked good. They will merge our files with the ones that will come with the girls! We left the home at about 11pm & the girls had not arrived yet. Micha had said that there were many children to be processed while they were waiting at Miami Airport. They wouldn't have let them see us anyway. We can go back at 9am & have visitation at 10am. It is very likely that we will be approved to take them home by then. That's what we're praying for. It was all very smooth & very well done.

God has really been with us through it all & I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Thanks, Diana & Lucy for making this happen! God is GREAT!