After spending a few hours with the child she sponsors in Ethiopia through Compassion International, it comes time for Stacey to say goodbye.
The catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday has resulted in unfathomable chaos and devastation for hundreds of thousands of children and families.
Compassion sponsors and donors serve more than 65,000 children in Haiti. At least a third of them live in the areas that were hardest hit.
We are working rapidly to assess the situation and determine the full extent of damage:
- Sadly, we anticipate there will be many deaths.
- We anticipate thousands of children and families will have lost everything.
- We anticipate many of our church-based child development centers will have been destroyed.
Without a doubt, the children we serve in Haiti are in shock and face immediate needs for food, water, medical care, shelter and counseling. We have teams prepared to respond, and we are deeply committed to helping each child.
Please reach out in the name of Jesus to bring relief, comfort, love and restoration to precious children and families whose lives have been devastated by this crisis.
Dr. Wess Stafford
A fairly typical road-side scene
Grace, our group leader from the Compassion office in Uganda, and me at the Nile. She was absolutely amazing!
Me touching the Nile!!
This girl was so cute! She was almost shaking out of her outfit during the dance and song they did for us. I got to interview her and gave her a headband for her to keep. So precious!
Standing outside one of the homes in the slums.
Mark Hollingsworth with Bosco wearing his glasses
The family that gave us shelter during the storm.
Me with Geoffrey and his family in front of his home.
This boy was adorable! He came up to me and said “Good Morning.” I was so excited that he spoke English, but I quickly realized that was all he knew how to say, and someone had told him to come tell me that.
These trees looked like they belong in a Dr. Seuss book
Outside another home that we visited in the slums.
Crafts that HIV/AIDS mothers were taught how to make through Compassion efforts.
Everybody comes to see the muzungu (white people)
The pineapples the one family gave to us as a gift for visiting their home.
In the Child Survival Program, parents learning skills to help increase their income.
One of the mothers in the CSP giving her testimony of how Compassion has changed her life.
Some girls we met on our way to one of the projects.