Today, IBESR brought us 23 children and we have no place to put them!

DSC01226All day long, we heard that the government was closing an orphanage in Kenscoff.  We had heard this since February, but nothing had happened.  They told Magaly that there were many babies, but it turned out that there were only 3 little ones.  The other children range in age from 3 to 8.  Three babies were put directly into the hospital due to rat bites.

There were 64 total children in the orphanage.  Thirty-eight of them went to a large Catholic orphanage in Kenscoff.  Twenty three came to us.  The officials arrived first and asked to see our orphanage and a few minutes later, the children were brought.  But they didn’t come until after 5 PM!  DSC01341

The police, IBESR, Parquet, local judges, the Mayor of Kenscoff, and government officials were involved in the closure.  It took all day to get the children’s names and ages.  Many of what IBESR told us are guesses.  They say some children are 8 years old and they weigh 18 pounds and are the size of a 2 year old!  This little guy being held by Dave Williams is supposedly 6 years old!

Name bracelets were put on each child, photos were taken with their names added to each photo, and our kitchen staff made a huge bowl of hot cereal for them and they at it all! Molly recorded weights for each child as they went out the door to be loaded up in the truck for the trip to the Toddler House. From the photos I have included, you can see that they got to play for a little time on the play equipment and then were bathed and readied for bed. They all are sleeping on mats on the floor!

Tomorrow, we will try to look at their teeth and try to guess their ages.  We received absolutely no history on any of the children.  It is very difficult not to have any information and I guess I should be thankful that we received their names!

Since we thought that they were bringing us babies, we prepared the nursery for the babies.  When they showed up with all of these older children, Magaly told them that we could not take them, but there was nowhere else to put them for the night!  IBESR is trying to locate the children’s families so that many can return home.

Several of the children are sick with fevers, coughs, diarrhea, malnutrition,swollen bellies, and one little boy has rat bites on his feet.  The tiniest baby has fever, vomiting, diarrhea and is very skinny.  We had to start an IV on him for the night.

We are trying to keep them separated from the children already here because we do not know what illnesses these children might have.  The pediatrician was just here today visiting the children, but she has promised to come over her lunch hour tomorrow and examine the sickest children for us.

As you can imagine, with more children, we will have more expenses.  These children are going to need extra food, medical peanut butter, vitamins, antibiotics, and high protein meals.  Can you help GLA care for these extra children until their parents can be found or they are declared abandoned by IBESR?  Please consider helping these children today!

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18 comments (Add your own)

1. Lydia wrote:
I wish I were able to take some of these sweet children off your hands! God Bless you all... It was beautiful to see the smiles on some of those children despite all they are going through :')

Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 9:45 AM

2. Jennifer Faddis wrote:
Praise the Lord! We have prayed for this day since the day we visited that orphanage which can only be described as hell on earth. Thank you Dixie and GLA staff for taking care of "the least of these." and thank you for your sacrifice and commitment to the children and people of Haiti.

Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 11:33 AM

3. Matthew and Amanda VanderMeer wrote:
Dixie, we are in the process of getting our home study completed so we can eventually adopt from GLA. Thank you for the way that you continually care for these children, you are an inspiration. I have prayed for you and your staff this morning and have shared this with our friends asking for prayers as well.

Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 8:07 AM

4. Kathryn McElveen wrote:
GLA is an amazing community of phenomenal staff, loving volunteers, precious children (and now more precious children) . . . praying God will provide everything you need to care for these newest children (and for yourselves in the process). Much love to all of you!

Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 9:09 AM

5. Jane Blannin-Bruleigh wrote:
Dixie we are praying for all of you who are caring for these sweet children, who must be so confused and scared about this sudden move and uncertainty. We pray for the children and you that God will bless and guide all of you through this time of challenge.

Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 2:32 AM

6. janka wrote:
it makes me feel said , all those children..all alone, no parrents, no family...there are so many, and it just dont stop.. It is good there are people ho care and give them what they deserve, love and a home..

Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 3:56 AM

7. Lee-Ann wrote:
My heart is absolutely broken. We are just waiting for our referral for a sibling group from GLA and so many people here at home tell us how "amazing" we are. But seriously, after looking at the faces of these little ones it just doesn't seem like nearly enough. From the bottom of our hearts we want to say thank you to you and your amazing staff for your dedication to working on the "front lines". I will be posting this link on my FB page to try and raise awareness of the need. Praying earnestly for all of you.

Sat, June 2, 2012 @ 3:11 AM

8. shari volk wrote:
My heart is broken but how grateful I am for all of you caring for God's most precious and helpless ones. It may well be God's will that one or two of these children will be my granchildren as my son and wife are in the paper process now to adopt through you. Thank you for loving and caring for them until I can love and care for them too as their Me-maw.

Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 11:53 AM

9. Changing the Channel | Another Arrow wrote:
[...] expecting them, so they are accommodating them the best they can. I urge you to read about it here, but my aching heart wants to share some highlights… some were sent directly to the hospital [...]

Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 12:45 PM

10. Bailey Cordero wrote:
Praise God these children are finally out of that place! Thank you GLA for taking them in! WONDERFUL NEWS!

Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 1:00 PM

11. Jennifer Tyler wrote:
Dixie, We are in the process of finishing up our application to adopt from GLA. Hope this adoption process moves quickly. We are praying for you and your staff daily and for the resources needed to care for all these children.

Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 5:52 PM

12. Jennifer Tyler wrote:
Dixie, I am a dental hygienist, if I can help you out at all re: teeth , I'd be happy too.

Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 5:56 PM

13. God's Littlest Angels in Haiti » Blog Archive » The Financial Implications of 23 Mo wrote:
[...] to and scroll down to the pictures on the bottom and look at all of the pictures. Look at the eyes of [...]

Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 6:16 PM

14. Kelly D < :) wrote:
(((((DIXIE))))) Have tears in my eyes esp after seeing the pictures of the kids! I know that my God has the best in mind for these children matter if it is with GLA or some other orphanage. I am praying for all my GLA family as you guys deal with these lovely angels!! XOXOXO

Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 6:26 PM

15. Marie wrote:
Oh how my heart aches! We will be praying.

Sat, June 2, 2012 @ 12:19 AM

16. Sharon Wilkens wrote:
We are praying. Our God is big as you more than anyone knows. We are asking for great help and blessings for all of you, and strength and stamina. Joe is getting anxious to come this month. There are not words to describe those pictures of the children.

Sat, June 2, 2012 @ 3:55 PM

17. Nathalie wrote:
Oh my God, my dream is to adopt 1 or 2 of these little ones... Why adoption is so difficult???? :( I will pray for these children...

Fri, June 8, 2012 @ 5:31 PM

18. cherished « Jessica Harps On… wrote:
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