I wanted to provide a brief update with regard to the current volatile situation in Haiti. As I prepared to board my flight this morning to Port-au-Prince, the gate agent made an announcement. All American Airlines flights to PAP had been cancelled for the day due to civil unrest. Additionally, I have found out that tomorrow’s (Thursday) flights have also been cancelled.
I have been asked about the children at the H.E.R.O. Residence for Orphans. During this past week we have been completing the process for enrolling the children in our residence. This process includes the completion of the enrollment form, a medical check-up including blood-tests for TB, HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis C. The process also includes the procurement of the birth certificate of the child, and death certificates for both parents. Once we have completed the above steps and verified that the child is an orphan and we are capable of handling any medical complications that may exist, the child will enter our residence.
That being said, currently the children we are enrolling reside in areas that are now inaccessible to us due to the civil unrest. The current security situation is not safe, not only because of the reaction to the elections, but also due to the recent release of the report stating that the U.N. was responsible for bringing cholera to Haiti. True or not these findings bring more attention to foreigners in Haiti. We do feel an urgency to enroll the children into our program because we know that every day an orphan is not in our program, is a day they likely go without food, an education, or basic human rights. At the same time we must also take into consideration the safety of our staff when handling the enrollment process.
If you have any questions or comments about the current situation in Haiti and H.E.R.O.’s response, please feel free to contact me. We hope and pray for a brighter day in Haiti, and the lives of the children we serve.