Haitian Orphanage Announces Expansion Plans in Wake of Recent Earthquakes

Maison Fortune Orphanage, located near the city of Hinche in the central plateau region of Haiti, announced today plans for an expansion effort to better accommodate growing need after the recent devastating earthquakes.This planned expansion will increase capacity to support displaced children and will also provide employment opportunities for area citizens.

A boy lies injured in a makeshift hospital after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince January 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

A boy lies injured in a makeshift hospital after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince January 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

The main goals of this announced expansion are to provide food, shelter, clothing and other needs to children from the Port-au-Prince area. Maison Fortune has witnessed a large growth in the number of children migrating to the Hinche area following the loss of their homes and families due to the recent earthquakes. By offering employment to local residents, the orphanage also hopes to increase economic stabilization in the region.

Specific strategic goals include:

  • Increasing facility capacity and identifying additional buildings to lease.
  • Identifying and hiring appropriate staff to support additional children.
  • Developing and executing a sub-plan, in coordination with the Orphanage Director and Board, to feed, house and educate additional children for up to a year.
  • Secure funding to continue the above into future years.
Russian rescuers carry Senvilo Ovri, 11, a survivor of the earthquake, out of the remains of a house in Port-au-Prince January 16, 2010. (REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva)

Russian rescuers carry Senvilo Ovri, 11, a survivor of the earthquake, out of the remains of a house in Port-au-Prince January 16, 2010. (REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva)

Cosmas Rubencamp, Foundation Secretary, provided the following comment based from his recent trip to the effected region, “The situation is desperate.We need to move quickly to find shelter for these displaced children.”

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