6 February 2010

Yesterday, I had to make a difficult decision.  We had 24 nannies for 18 children at the main house and 10 nannies for 3 children at the Toddler House.  Having more nannies than children, you would think the children would be well looked after and every need they had more than met by the care givers but that is not the case.  We have found that with all of these extra nannies, they sit and talk more or lay on their beds depressed.  The children are crying and not being held as much as they need to be.  So the decision was to lay off 20 staff members at the main house and 15 staff members from the Toddler House.

Not one person complained.  They all knew it was probably coming and I truly think many are thankful to be going home to help their families to clean up and get settled.  We have offered to pay them half salary for now and pray that this is a short term problem.

I continue to contact organizations that I know may need short term placement of children to see if they need somewhere for children to stay.  Pray for our workers and pray that God will send children to GLA that need care.  

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1. Kim Hornak wrote:
Thanks for the posts. I just recently joined and am so impressed with the efforts GLA is providing in Haiti. The stories are heartwarming and devastating at the same time. I know you guys need as much emotional and encouraging support as anyone and your hard work under these conditions is MUCH appreciated. I have submitted my interest in helping out. It is so heartwarming to see the reunions with some of these children with their families. It is so heartbreaking to read of mother's giving up their children because they can no longer care for them. I can't imagine what they must be going through with this additional loss (from their soul), their child. What courage, what sad, sad, courage to come to that conclusion. You're doing wonderful things! Keep the stories coming.

Sun, February 7, 2010 @ 12:05 PM

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