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Orphans, Trafficking, and a Rescue Mission

 

UPDATE: June 12, 2012 – So far, we have raised $11, 192 for the 23 “rescued” orphans! Thanks so much everyone. (Chris)

I can’t go into deep details. If you want some of the back-story, the you should read our story about a baby called Esther. What I can say is this – we need your help. 23 kids have been rescued from an orphanage in Haiti. This orphanage is evil. The kids were disappearing. We have confirmed sources that trafficking was taking place out of this orphanage. Some of their kids have actually died due to hunger.

These kids have been abused and neglected.

From God’s Littlest Angels blog:

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.

Also from God’s Littlest Angels blog:

They say some children are 8 years old and they weigh 18 pounds and are the size of a 2-year-old!

I’ve personally been praying (along with many others) that God would close this evil orphanage down and that these kids would be rescued. Well, our prayers have been answered. I don’t have all the details, but here is what I know.

  1. The orphanage is officially closed.
  2. 23 kids have been relocated to God’s Littlest Angels (a great orphanage/medical clinic)
  3. God’s Littlest Angels was NOT expecting this to happen, but they took in all 23 kids immediately.

Last Friday, Help One Now reached out to God’s Littlest Angels. We want to help, we want our tribe to help, and we know they need help. This is not JUST their responsibility, it’s our responsibility to help God’s Littlest Angels as they help these kids. This morning I spoke with Tom Vanderwell, who is on staff at the God’s Littlest Angels, and we came up with a quick plan to help provide for these 23 kids in the short-term.

This plan will give us time to create a long-term strategy and figure out how to serve these kids. Help One Now is committed to helping God’s Littlest Angels however we can, short-term and long-term.

Here’s the immediate, short-term plan:

100% of online donations (minus transaction fees) will go towards purchasing food in Haiti, (rice, beans, fruit, etc) or will be sent to God’s Littlest Angels to buy more supplies. God’s Littlest Angels will make the final decision. Click the PayPal link below to donate. Of course, all donations are tax-deductible.

We have a team from Austin (Austin New Church) heading to Haiti on Monday, June 11. This team will take the first batch of donated supplies to the God’s Littlest Angels. (We usually buy all supplies in Haiti, but for this trip we will need the supplies to come from America due to cost and accessibility. ) Which means, next Tuesday we will be able to tangibly help God’s Littlest Angels and the kids.

Austin Churches – can you ask your church to donate the following THIS week? Our team next week, will take suitcases full of the following supplies:

  • Boys and Girls Underwear 2-3T
  • Boys and Girls Underwear Size 4
  • Anti-fungal cream
  • Skin Lotion
  • Baby Oil
  • Bath Towels
  • Diapers for age 2 and up
  • Wet Wipes
  • High Protein/High Calorie Powder Drink Mix
  • Pedialyte Powder
  • Size 18 months to 3 T elastic shorts and T-shirts

All Churches – Can you ask your members to also bring supplies (above) to church the next few Sundays.

However, if your church brings more supplies than we can carry next week, we will be sure to ship those supplies to Haiti, ASAP. Which means, the more we get donated, the better off we are to help. We will find a way to get all the supplies to Haiti. (God’s Littlest Angels will coordinate “how” we do this!)

We will work with the God’s Littlest Angels on a long-term strategy once we meet the short-term needs – that is of course if they need long-term partners.

We know it’s impossible for a small organization like the God’s Littlest Angels to provide for these kids. It takes roughly $300-400 a month to holistically care for EACH child. We love to partner and collaborate, so we will serve the God’s Littlest Angels and help them provide for the kids’ daily needs.

How You Can Help

  1. Pray. For real, we need God to move. Pray for God’s Littlest Angels funds to provide for the kids. Pray for the kids, they are broken, hurting and in need for healing.
  2. Give: Donate cash (online) or supplies (to your local church) now. Again, 100% (minus transaction fees) will go directly to purchasing food and supplies. We will keep everyone updated on the amount raised through this blog, and we will take some pictures of the supplies when we take them to Haiti next week.
  3. Spread the word – tweet this link, FB this link, email your family and friends, and ask them to get involved. We need to spread the word.

Thank you for your help and partnership. It’s a beautiful story to see many churches and organizations coming together to serve orphans and advance the Kingdom of God.

Chris Marlow
CEO/Founder – Help One Now

13 Responses

  • Kelly D < :)
    Jun 5, 2012

    As a two time volunteer with GLA I am over whelmed with gratitude about the love that I feel coming from this blog entry!

    Thank you for joining with my GLA family to help these little ones who deserve so much more then they were getting at the other place.

    Praying that God will bless continue to bless you, your ministry and the team that is going down next week!

    Loving God, Loving Haiti, Loving GLA and her children and loving YOU!!!

    Kelly DeBardelaben < :)

    Kelly D < :) Jun 5, 2012
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    • Chris Marlow
      Jun 6, 2012

      Kelly,

      We are glad to help, and thankful for GLA.

      Chris Marlow Jun 6, 2012
  • Virginia Garrison
    Jun 6, 2012

    I just donated to the GLA fund. Please let me know how it is going. Thanks for all you are doing. I wish I were in the area and I would buy supplies to send right away.
    Virginia Garrison

    Virginia Garrison Jun 6, 2012
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    • Chris Marlow
      Jun 6, 2012

      Thanks so much Virginia,

      I hope to have updates this week, on the blog or twitter – @helponenow.

      Chris Marlow Jun 6, 2012
  • Clif Johnson
    Jun 6, 2012

    Hey Chris,

    We talked on the phone several months ago. We have a crew coming from Hope, AR. at the end of the month to Haiti to meet up with some of your folks there to see what your ministry is all about. Anything we can do to help with this situate while we are there?

    Clif

    Clif Johnson Jun 6, 2012
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  • Jun 9, 2012

    Hello, I have collected materials this wk & will tomorrow at our church in New Braunfels. I plan to bring them wherever necessary sometime tomorrow. Can you please let me know where/when? I will not be able to get them to you during ANC’s service.

    Jenni Lord Jun 9, 2012
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  • Theresa Maier
    Jul 14, 2012

    Chris,
    I got your contact info from Jen Hatmaker. She talked at my church, LifePoint Church in Finksburg MD, and she told about the building of safe houses for the orphans coming out of the orphanage. I was interested in that, I told her I would like to be a house mom. I was leaving in a week to go on a mission to Haiti. She told me to go and if I was still interested to contact her. I went to Haiti and I loved it. I want to do something not just live like I saw nothing. My hearts desire is to help make a difference in the lives of others. If you would be so kind as to talk with me, direct me I want to get involved. Being a house mom is definitely something I can and would like to do but I am not set on that or nothing. I was at MOH in Haiti and they are doing safe houses, I asked but they are using Haitian Moms and Dads. I thank you for your time to help me find my place to help make a difference.

    Thank You and God Bless,
    Theresa Maier

    Theresa Maier Jul 14, 2012
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  • Alexsandra Lopez
    Jul 31, 2012

    Are supplies still needed for these children?

    Alexsandra Lopez Jul 31, 2012
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