Haiti (MNN) — Port-au-Prince was
home to a considerable orphan population before Tuesday's quake turned it into
a wasteland. Three years ago, UNICEF
estimated 380,000 orphans in Haiti.
Now, with the death toll rising, Bethany Christian Services Vice President of Marketing and Communication Marc
Andreas says there's another grim reality surfacing. "There's going to be a mounting number
of casualties, and likely, unfortunately, an increased number of orphans. But
it will take a long time for us to fully assess the number of opportunities and
see how many additional children will need help in
Bethany is still trying to
mobilize their response. "There are two partners there. One of them–we're
confident that all the children are fine; the other–we have not yet heard
One of Bethany's partners, God's Littlest Angels (GLA), is
collecting donations and will be sending a shipping container to Haiti as soon
as possible. The orphanage needs fresh supplies of
powdered formula, diapers, baby wipes, baby cereal, infant Tylenol, infant and
children's vitamins, and baby care items such as lotion, powder, baby shampoo.
According to GLA's Facebook page, they also
hope to be able to assist the surrounding community with clothing, medical
supplies, household items, and hygiene items such as soap, toothbrushes,
toothpaste, blankets and towels.
It's a situation gone from bad to
worse. Survivors, stripped of what
resources they had, may be turning in droves to ministries like Bethany. Andreas says, "First, we'll ask for prayer,
and secondly, financial donations will be very helpful at this time. We're
going to be gathering funds to put them to the best use in helping children."
If you can give, Bethany
Christian Services has set up a fund for earthquake recovery in Haiti. Please go to www.bethany.org/donate and select "Haiti – Earthquake Recovery."
Pray for open doors. Andreas says,
"Sometimes, people open up to an opportunity for the Gospel in a way
that's new and really changes someone's heart."