Visiting Orphanages In and Around Port-au-Prince

Over a few days in mid March, a small group of volunteers is visiting a number of orphanages and schools to try to select a good site for a laptop program. The volunteers have solid skills and goals. How to select the best site to focus on?

These are a few of the first locations they have visited. There will be more.

Orphelinat Foyer Evangelique8564663738_b10e02c134

The orphanage was founded by two Haitian individuals, a school teacher (Magalie Day) and a school principal (Duckens Janvier) who use their personal salaries to care for approximately 38 children ages 4 to 18 years old.  Some of the children lost their families in the earthquake and some were orphans due to extreme poverty, AIDS, diabetes, cholera, and other causes. Some of the children have one parent who is alive but can’t afford to take care of their kids. The orphanage is located in Croix-des- Bouquets, just northeast of Port-au-Prince.

Haiti Ororaedh Orphanage8564647312_fce676800e

Pastor Silar walked home from the church he worked at and he saw the orphans living on the street.  These children were being physically and sexually abused as they tried to find food and water to survive.  Pastor Silar thought he would try to save one life and took an abandoned child into his home in 2008, and then he took second, and then a third, and his heart would ache when he would see more children on the street.

By 2009 he had 10 in his home, he rented a larger home nearby, raising the money from gifts of people in the community. Then, the great earthquake of 2010 where over 300,000 people were killed leaving many orphans; and Pastor Silar now has 62 children from 2 to 16 living in his “home” which he has named Ororaedh Orphanage.

Many of the schools and orphanages do not have web sites of course.8564662918_114aa380dc

In an effort to encourage the use of French, Spanish and English, use of the children’s native tongue is discouraged at this school:8564662124_29c48d77d3

I invite you to enjoy the children in the photos below.


It is important to check out the power supply in each location:8563477387_b0927c5bb08564665184_8d497159f48563511555_f35a2674478564582092_4149018c378564579366_bd068938aa8563555535_76dc15359c

Such decisions to be made!


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