n 2010, Haiti was devastated by a severe earthquake followed by a cholera epidemic. An estimated quarter of a million people lost their lives and many children were orphaned. It is estimated that there are nearly one million orphans in Haiti, while the estimated number of orphanages in Haiti is around 760. It is estimated that the number of children in orphanages totals 32,000, but there is a long way to go.
THE NEED IS GREAT, BUT THERE IS HOPE!
Following Haiti’s earthquake in 2010, several christian organizations have responded with disaster relief and gospel outreach. These efforts include nutrition programs and health care for eight orphanages. (WELS) Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod elementary schools were established at three of the orphanages. The group has funded the schools since October 2015 and is committed to faithfully continuing and expanding the work in Haiti. Currently, 270 students are enrolled from the three WELS orphanages and their surrounding neighborhoods. Instruction is provided for children preschool through grade five. Our goal is to add more classes so children continue to receive education through age 18 when they must leave the orphanage. Our orphanage directors are enthusiastic about the positive impact on the children and their community!
GETTING TO WORK
By reading this post, you have taken the first step to change the lives of children in Haiti. The most basic way to support is with a financial donation that can be completed here through our “Haiti Ministry” right here at Crossroads Lutheran.