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Orphelinat L’amour du Bon Berger

January 27, 2010

A dear friend of mine, Dr Masani Accime came to Haiti a few days ago to lend a hand.  She is a Haitian veterinarian who has worked along the Haitian/Dominican border in Anse-a-Pitres and Perdenales for about three years.  We met at a Haitian/Dominican solidarity event at the Caribbean Cultural Center in NYC early last year.  We’ve always missed one another in the US and the same has occurred when we are both in Haiti.  Masani and I teamed up for two days to support local communities that were in need of medical attention and supplies, food, and water.

The way we did it: I have been in Haiti compiling information by visiting other medical clinics, camps of displaced people and by sharing and verifying information that has come by word-of-mouth.   When the phone service in Haiti, although limited, was back on I was able to really get to work, quicker and with efficiency.  I have been liaising with local groups and people so that the distribution process on my end is effective, direct and simple.  That’s where Masani comes in.  She bought items from the Anse-a-Pitres border and made it to the capital on Sunday.  She managed to arrange a ride straight from the south to the city of PAP, and so we got to work right away.

I was able to identify several communities and their exact needs, which means we were prepared to meet these need as well.  Our first stop was the Orphelinat L’amour du Bon Berger.  I spoke to Pastor Jean Romain prior to coming and knew they needed food and a doctor to follow up on the children there.  They have 55 orphaned boys and are in an area called Tabarre, which is close to the airport.  The sound of the low flying aircraft’s disturb the children with vibrations resembling those of the earthquake, so the children have experienced and are still being traumatized at the orphanage.  A therapist, or trauma specialist is another need Pastor Jean Romain asked me about.  I hope to direct someone there again soon with those capabilities.

Here are a few photos…

The orphanage has 55 boys ranging from from 8-years-old to upper teenagers.

Pastor Jean Romain getting the children and neighborhood families in line to collect donations.  Masani created bags specifically for women, babies, and men.  Each bag contained food and personal hygiene products, candles, matches, diapers, formula, and other survival items.

Masani and Pastor Jean Romain discussing how best to distribute items.

The orphanage is located in Tabarre by the mayors office.  This is the sign as you enter off of the road.  They had received water distributed through the mayor and were lacking food and medical attention.

This is just a glimpse of the damage done to the orphanage, which began as the Pastor’s home.  They have been operating since 1989 and can no longer use this facility.  Eventually the house will fall due to the cracks and structural damage that worsen with each day.  The orphanage will have to come down and be rebuilt for safety measures, especially with the vibration of low flying planes and other aircraft due to its close proximity to the airport.

To support Masani’s work please visit:

International Iguana Foundation
www.iguanafoundation.com

NYC Vert
Haitian relief fund for Masani

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