Thursday, January 14, 2010

Faces of Haiti

By now we've all been bombarded by the horrific photos coming out of the disaster in Haiti. Dead bodies piling up everywhere, people covered with concrete dust being pulled out of the wreckage of collapsed buildings, mothers clutching their children, clearly in shock, their eyes empty.

If you're like me, you've been in shock by what you have seen and heard on the internet, the news, the newspapers. If you've visited Haiti, like Adam and I have, then you've been sick, numb, and felt helpless because of what appears to be an impossible situation to fix. Haiti was a mess, quite frankly, when we were there back in 2002. Lack of clean water, poverty, lack of jobs, pitiful housing and living conditions, lack of education and medical care, and nearly impassable roads back then made Haiti a disaster, and placed Haitians into the "Third World" bracket. It's worse now.

While only God Himself can provide the true relief and miracle that Haiti and it's people will need to recover from this disaster, you and I can help by giving and praying (if you pray; and if you don't, this might be a nice time to start). Baby So Smart has decided to help by taking on the monthly sponsorship of two Haitian children via the wonderful organization, World Vision (you can visit their site by clicking the title of this blog post). One of our main goals at Baby So Smart has been supporting healthy families, healthy babies, and healthy bonding through the manufacturing of high-quality baby carriers and the provision of parent education. We feel like this is a great way to continue working toward that goal. World Vision has many, many ways that you can get involved to help the Haitians during this time of crisis. I encourage you to give generously to a quality organization that has the ability to help the people of Haiti.

And now meet the two Haitian children we will be sponsoring:

Adania is 8-years-old. She lives with her parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. Adania is in primary school and she enjoys coloring. She helps at home by carrying water. She likes to play with dolls. She is in satisfactory health. Both of her parents are farmers, but struggle to provide for the family. Despite their best efforts, it is difficult to meet the family's needs. Adania and her family live in a community severely affected by the HIV and AIDS crisis.

Mikelson is 4-years-old. He lives with his parents and 4 brothers. Mikelson is in primary school and he enjoys writing. He helps at home by carrying wood. He likes to play soccer. He is in satisfactory health. His parents are also farmers, and struggle to meet their family's most basic needs. He also lives in a community severely affected by the HIV and AIDS crisis.

Please join with us at Baby So Smart as we both pray for relief for the people of Haiti and give as we are able to help them in this desperate time.

To sponsor a child now, click here.