Tragic Earthquake Hits Southern Haiti

A 7.2 earthquake hit Haiti on Saturday, August 14, causing extensive damage, injuries and death throughout the southern peninsula of Haiti.  Unlike the 2010 earthquake, this one was centered much closer to les Cayes (Haiti's third largest city).  HELO sustained structural damage to several buildings, including our transitional home, cookhouse and store room as well as all three schools.  Other than the kindergarten, schools can be repaired.  The cookhouse and storeroom at the transitional home are total losses, but it is still unclear if the transitional home (where HELO began) is also a total loss as there are many cracks in the home, both horizontal and vertical.  Thankfully only one injury, which is not serious.  Berlin fell while fleeing the collapsing building, sustaining a dislocated shoulder and many lacerations and bruises.  We are still assessing the structural damage so do not yet have an idea of the cost to repair and rebuild.  Our priorities this past week have been to safeguard the children, who are too traumatized to sleep indoors.  Aftershocks continue, but we were finally able to convince them to sleep in the church building (tin roof) amidst the heavy rain and wind from Tropical Storm Grace.

The community of Laborde, where HELO is located, is heavily impacted and many families have lost everything.  Nearly everyone is sleeping outside under the stars -- or sadly under the rainfall, some out of fear but many do not have a choice.  As efforts to assess the damage and care for our children continue, the children will assist in distributing food to help our neighbors in need.  

Our children are safe, albeit afraid as aftershocks continue to shake their world.  We have 24 hour security on campus to protect the children, staff and property during this crisis.

If you are able to help, please donate.  Funds raised will help us rebuild, get needed food, drinking water, and other supplies, and do our best to help our neighbors.  We sincerely thank everyone who has already donated and especially thank everyone for their prayers.  Your support is appreciated more than words can express.  To quote a Haitian proverb, "Men anpil fe chay pa lou."  Many hands lighten the load.  Mesi!  Thank you!


An Evening of Hope 2020

Our annual gala, virtually!

Due to COVID-19 and our concern for the health and wellbeing of our friends and supporters, we have cancelled the venue for our annual gala and will instead hold An Evening of Hope virtually. 


Please join us on Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 6 pm to 8 pm on Facebook Live @HeloHaiti for what promises to be a fun and exciting virtual event.

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone worldwide.  At HELO, COVID-19 restrictions have drastically limited our fundraising opportunities while the cost of living skyrockets in Haiti due to inflation, limited import/exports due to the pandemic, and damaging tropical storms.  Will you help us feed the children of HELO and keep our programs going?  100% of your donations go to support the children of HELO.  Every donation is tax deductible and so greatly appreciated!


What a Night!

May 31 was Mother's Day in Haiti.  Some of our children organized a concert and asked me to share it with their sponsors and our donors via Zoom.  While there were a few glitches, we were able to share their concert, and it was AMAZING!   


The children shared their gratitude to everyone for "all the love, all the support, for everything."   The singing was beautiful, the children were beautiful, they decorated and had special lighting.  For those who missed it, we share the link to an abbreviated video. Enjoy.  May their voices fill you with hope and love, and we hope you feel their gratitude and ours. 


A special thank you to Andy Stein and the Orphaned Starfish Foundation for bringing internet to HELO and contributing in so many ways to a brighter future for our children (and children throughout the world). 


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