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From my colleague, Rev. Frances Lorenz
Answered Prayers is an orphanage just outside Port au Prince. It is an organization members of my congregation have supported in the past. They do wonderful inspiring work in Haiti and place orphans in homes in the US.
The orphanage was affected as per intermittent input and twitter as well. One of the caregivers at the infant orphanage was killed in the quake. The American directors/caregivers of the infant/toddler house, Alli and Jamie, are 2 hours away (on a good day) by car, but the roads are impassable. They will probably have to abandon their vehicle to get back there. We have not received word of them today.
The 3 orphanages are standing right now but they are all in danger of collapse. No one can get in right now, and no one can get out. Only the military and those with boats.
The orphans are the most vulnerable. The caregivers have their own families and worries to attend to. There are 3 American women caring for the children in 2 houses and then there is Margarette directing the other house. We don't know what is going to happen, but we want to make sure that the kids have the support they need and that their caregivers do too.
They expect that many more children will become orphaned as a result of the quake and that their caseload will increase.
To donate directly: http://www.answeredprayers2.org/
On the web site there is "Donate" on the upper left. (PayPal and they do take 4% up front.
Our local contact in the NW is Kris Baker. Checks sent directly to Kris with an indicator that UCSL or CSL sent them would be great.
Kris Baker, CoB
677 Pend Oreille Loop
Colville, WA 99114
Thanks for your consideration of this worthy organization.
Rev. Frances Lorenz
Sacred Social Action Core
Center for Spiritual Living-Tacoma
206 N J Street