A huge thanks to all those who have supported our Children's work in Haiti! It makes a massive difference and we really appreciate all your love and support!
For those of you who don't have the opportunity to visit our web-site much, to give you a little flavor, we thought we'd share an extract of a recent news post which shows just what an impact you're making. It's a little article by a community leader who's village is from your support!
'Through HHA, we have obtained psychological and social support in a way to accept our children and love them. In our community the families who have at least one handicapped child are considered like cursed parents and these ones hid the children at a corner and didn’t socialize them or didn’t show them love. When such people become young persons, other children throw rocks on them through the streets in the locality, and bother them calling them by the disability they have.
The parents have been always put into shame with such children, that’s why they didn’t really socialize those kids, every one could stop and look at them sadly or contemptuously . From now on, in the village there is a new understanding about how we can treat people with a cerebral palsy problem, with autism, with any kind of handicap.
The work helps the parents too on an economical point of view, not only did some parents neglect those children on purpose, but some parents because they don’t have lots of economical opportunities and were obliged to neglect the disabled children in order to care for the rest of their families.
The whole families feel a handicapped child like a burden. For example, when they want to care for this child, some of the parents neglect their occupations to stay and look after them which causes a huge deficit in the economical life of the families.
Through this work the parents find more space and time to go and trade, to teach etc. They feel supported in their heavy-loaded burdens and in their stress.
With the presence of HHA, since September we are helping these kids, they are given care, teachings, physiotherapy, good hygienic treatment three days a week, and daily feeding too, some are given baby carriers, wheelchairs, boots, and the like. Every one who is affected in the work is very proud of it, the children, the parents and the workers.'
If you'd like to continue supporting this urgent work, please contact us today or make a donation via Globalgiving. We hope you like the photo's as well - apologies if they're poor quality. They were sent from Haiti via e-mail.
Thanks for all your help and we look forward to working with you further through out 2011.
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