This morning I had the opportunity to speak with my long-time friend and Lemonade International board member, Darian Colbert, before he left on a flight to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on their way to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
Darian is helping to lead a team of ten people from Lifechurch in Allentown, PA – which consists of three doctors (two surgeons and a pediatrician) and two nurses – which will be carrying much needed supplies and relief to 11 orphans as well as providing emergency medical assistance to those in desperate need. This is the second team from the church heading to Haiti in three days.
The 11 children have been displaced from their home which sustained foundational damage from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck and devastated a country which was already the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. A team of five, including Pastors Randy Landis and Ramon Crespo, arrived on Friday to begin providing food and water to the children in the aftermath of the disaster.
The damage to the orphanage is extensive enough that the teams will combine efforts to explore options to evacuate the children to a village outside Port-Au-Prince and permanently relocate the facility. One option includes land given to the church to build a medical clinic in Pouly, Haiti – about a five hour drive from the capital. In the meantime the children, the workers and the team from the States are sleeping on beds outside the orphanage.
Lemonade International has a personal connection to these 11 children through Darian and our team member, Donnie Long, and we want to extend our gratitude to those who have already helped to provide about $1,500 in direct support for these children since Friday!
We continue to partner with Lifechurch to provide food and water as well as resources necessary to evacuate the children to a safe place. To make a secure online donation of $25, $50, $100 or more go our our Donation Page or click on the donate button below, then select the”Haiti Relief Fund”.
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress…” – James 1:27