Two Years After the Haiti Earthquake, Children of the Nations is Still Committed to Long-term Support and Lasting Change in Haiti

    Silverdale, WA – January 10, 2012 –Two years after one of the most destructive earthquakes in history struck Haiti, as many aid organizations are transitioning out of the still-devastated nation, Children of the Nations (COTN) is firm in its commitment to provide a long-term, comprehensive response to the disaster. By focusing on providing holistic care to children, COTN is investing in the future leaders of Haiti. "You've got to raise up a new generation. That's why it's so important to work with children," says Haitian-born Malou Faublas who is on staff with COTN in the Dominican Republic and helping establish their newest ministry in Haiti.

    COTN, which has been working across the border in the Dominican Republic since 1997, entered Haiti as a response to the earthquake, sending doctors, nurses, and volunteers from its Dominican clinic to a makeshift clinic at the border to care for the victims. After two weeks, the COTN medical team identified thirteen children desperate for continued care, and brought them to COTN's Dominican clinic. Today, these children are healthy and back in Haiti, where COTN's commitment to their families continues, through microfinance loans and assistance with school fees.

    In 2012, COTN plans to officially launch its first Village Partnership Program in the Gressier region, just outside of Port-au-Prince. Led by a Haitian board of directors, COTN's Village Partnership Program will partner with nationals to provide holistic, Christ-centered care for orphaned and destitute children, enabling them to create positive and lasting change in their nations. In a relief effort that many believe is characterized by the exclusion of Haitian voices from the decision-making process, COTN–Haiti stands in contrast to this trend, investing in and empowering Haitians to bring transformation to their nation.

     

    Children of the Nations is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children who transform nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Liberia, providing holistic care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit www.cotni.org.

     

    For more information contact:
    Pam Wright, Senior Director – Advancement
    360-698-7227 / pamwright@cotni.org