Children's Respite Home & Outreach Project, Haiti

Nov 23, 2009

Grace - saved by you!

An HHA volunteer with Grace just days after being rescued
An HHA volunteer with Grace just days after being rescued

A few days ago we were called to a little 5 month old baby with hydrocephalus, who’d been abandoned at the Government hospital in North Haiti. We were called to the hospital to see her by our medical director. When we arrived we found her lying in her own excrement in a room on her own, severely malnourished, and desperately weak. Thanks to the support you’ve offered us, our Children’s Home was able to rescue this little girl who we’ve since named ‘Grace.’ Grace is now being offered the care she so desperately needs. Had we not been able to intervene, the doctors feared that Grace would not have survived. Her little story represents just one of the many children we’re now supporting thanks to your help. We have over 45 children on the programme, many with their own sad stories like that of Grace. Yet, thanks to your intervention, such children have been saved, and now offered a future of hope and love.

Grace’s arrival was a particularly powerful and moving experience for a team of UK building volunteers who’ve been on the ground in Haiti, with the realisation of just how important the work they are doing with us is. For two weeks the team have been able to help transform the Children’s Home thanks to the funds you’ve helped raise, with a new play area, some final painting work, and landscaping. As well as working tirelessly on our Children’s Home, they’ve also been working on a new Maternity and Paediatric Unit we’re seeking to open soon. Had Grace received the appropriate medical support at birth, her life like so many other thousands of children in Haiti would have had a completely different outlook. As part of our work we’re keen to help prevent other children like Grace being left with an uncertain future. These new wards are urgent, and you can find out more about them at As Grace rested in our home, her future very uncertain due to her condition, one minute up the track from our Children’s Home to the site of the hospital, other children watched on in excitement, helped paint, and enthusiastically joined with us in building Haiti a brighter future. In building future children like Grace a brighter hope, and the chance to be cared for as they deserve.

It’s incredible what a powerful difference this small UK building team have made to the Children’s Home and the Hospital, and really that’s the story of the appeal as a whole. Small youth groups, schools, churches, families, or even individuals such as you who have captured something of the injustice of Haiti and decided to take a stand! It’s thanks to those people who have seen and acted that as you read this update, major life saving steps are being made to see our dream completed. By saying ‘our’ dream, we sincerely mean this. This dream belongs to everyone who has ever donated even as little as 1p to the appeal. It’s thanks to you that Grace has been saved, and its thanks to you that many other children’s lives will follow and be saved as our work progresses.

Please continue to support us as together we seek to bring justice and hope to thousands of women and children. For more information about our work please check out, or feel free to contact us at

One of our children playing
One of our children playing
One of our most recent children who
One of our most recent children who's joined the home



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Project Leader

Barry Mann

Bromley, Kent United Kingdom

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