As I sit on my couch watching football, I can't seem to stop thinking about the devastation in Haiti. The pictures and reports coming out of that tiny country are hard to process.
Here is an inside look into what is happening in Haiti from the eyes of an American missionary family living there.
I received an email from our adoption agency director this afternoon with an update from the orphanage they operate in Haiti (along with Ethiopia, our adoption agency also works quite a bit in Haiti), the first report we got earlier this week was that all of the children and nannies had made it through the earthquake, although the orphanage had sustained structural damage, reports today say that the orphanage has been robbed of all of its supplies, and a nanny has passed away.
The agency is doing everything they can this weekend to attempt to get the children humanitarian parole visas so that they can be brought to the United States, and ultimately united with the families that are waiting for them. The director acknowledged that this is a long shot, but nonetheless, despite the long odds, they will work tirelessly through the weekend and into next week to try to make a miracle happen.
I can't imagine being one of those parents who are waiting, wondering, worrying about how their children are doing and when and if the adoptions will be finalized.
There are plenty of ways you can help, we have all been watching the TV coverage of this disaster, but if you are searching for a way to help, our agency is raising money to help these children in need. You can donate by visiting www.celebratechildren.org. There is a link on the front page of the website.