A Plan for Haitian Orphans
My Question: What steps are being taken to take care of orphaned children in Haiti?
Initially, I thought that nothing was going to be done to help the orphaned Haitian children caused by the earthquake in February. It seemed to me, that even though only a few months have gone by and there are still millions of homeless people in Haiti, that no one seemed to care anymore and the devastation was no longer important just because it wasn’t in America. I have realized now, that a lot has been going on that hasn’t been featured as front page news and it seems as if I hadn’t been paying close enough attention. It may be harder than it might seem, but people have been reaching out in order to help out. There needs to be a plan in place to help these children.
As a result of the earthquake, millions of people in Haiti had died, this includes the parents of children which leaves them to fend for themselves. Already overcrowded orphanages have been overflowing with children who’s parents had died, or who’s parents couldn’t find the clothing, food, or water necessary to take care of them. In many cases, parents are in a way giving up their children for a certain amount of time so they can properly be taken care of. For example, earlier this year 30 Haitian children were given back to their parents after a program by the SOS Children's Village allowed children to be temporarily moved to the Dominican border. "These families lost hope after the earthquake that they would ever be able to provide for these children the way they wanted to," SOS Children's Village spokeswomen Lina Nielsen said. (http://articles.cnn.com/2010-03-17/world/haiti.children.reunited_1_haiti...)
But of course, this plan was only temporary. There needs to be a plan in place to give the children a permanent, stable home. Many families in America and around the world have adopted children to help shield them for the devastation. However, there are still millions of children in Haiti who need care. As stated before, the orphanages in Haiti just don’t have the means to take care of so many children.
I'm not done yet, but this is what I have so far.