First off, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers and support for the team in Haiti this past week. The devastation in Port-au-Prince (PAP) is enough to make you speechless. Scenes of totally destroyed buildings are everywhere – including the capital building, financial ministry, large cathedrals, a flattened pediatric hospital, and even Francisco and Cecile’s house. Tent cities are popping up around PAP with little to no sanitation, food and water. Over 200,000 have exited the capital city and even more have lost their lives.
I couldn’t help but remember that this is the second time in two years these particular orphans have almost lost their lives to a devastating disaster. First, in September of 2008, when their home was flooded and they had to flee to the mountains to escape drowning. Now, January 2010, to a 7.0 earthquake.
On the second day of our trip, we went directly to the orphanage first thing in the morning. All of the kids had prepared a very special ceremony for One Vision for in their words, “saving our lives.” Even though we had many patients waiting on us in the next town, we were stayed for three hours of the children thanking us through prayers, songs, food and even dancing. It was very humbling.
We plan on totally changing the lives of these children, and continue to take medical teams to the area. I know many of you have personally given generously, and I pray that you continue to do so.