I don't watch the news. Really. I blame it on being pregnant on September 11, 2001 and not being able to face the devastation and sadness that tragedy caused. I was about to bring my second child into a world that was falling apart at the seams. Fast forward a little more than eight years and I am finding it very hard to watch the news about Haiti. It breaks my heart. So many people are dead and hurting and I feel so helpless. The news about the children is especially hard to hear. I can't even imagine what I would do if my own child were in that situation.
A woman that I knew in college has a child that is stuck in Haiti. Through the wonders of facebook, I reconnected with her last year and saw photos of her with her darling son when she visited him in Haiti this summer. She and her husband were interviewed by Anderson Cooper on CNN Friday. They are actively working towards ensuring safety for Haitian orphans. Please take a moment to watch their interview and to read their thoughts.
My friends' child is not the only one in need. There are numbers of children in Haiti who are without family. Many of
them were in the process of being adopted by families abroad when the
earthquake struck. All of them are in dire need of support. Please
write your congress people asking them to grant the necessary passports
and visas to those children whose adoption is already in process. You
can find out who your representatives are and how to reach them here.
Melissa's family has ties in Haiti. She shared some good, pertinent links on her site. I'll repeat them here:
– Partners In Health Updates
– The BRESMA girls and what's happening at their orphanage
– Heartline blog
I know that this post is a little out of the ordinary for me. Thank you for taking the time to read.