Orphanage OREA’S CHILDREN CENTER





  • Today’s children are the future of Haiti and need to be protected and loved for Haiti’s hope. It is possible to change the future through children a today. Because they need to be protected and to see their rights respected, and that they deserve only on boarding, for and with them, a better world for tomorrow … OREA-HAITI is there for them, and for everything to be able to survive, grow and flourish. Thanks to you, and with you. Your donation is necessary today for the construction of the children’s center in order to put in place more structure to pursue the fixed objectives.
    Our mission is save, educate and protect Haitian children to offer a best future
    OREA-HAITI launch a international campaign to raise fund for starting orea’s children center construction.
  • The story of OREA’s orphanage is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking.

    After the 2010 earthquake, hundreds of thousands of children around Port au Prince were displaced, separated from their parents, or became orphaned.

    OREA used their premises to provide shelter, food, and schooling to 100 children from their neighborhood, who found themselves in this situation.

    Prior to this, OREA had not been an orphanage. Jean and the team hadn’t been sure they had the resources to provide this kind of care to children on the extremely scarce funding they received.

    Then the earthquake hit and they saw no other option: Grateful to God that they had survived, they had to do what they could for their community and the people who suffered so greatly amid the destruction.

    For the 3 months after the earthquake, OREA provided these services to local children, with the help of volunteer teachers, and housekeeping staff, just keeping their heads above water.

    Slowly, parents and relatives of the 100 children at this makeshift orphanage began to show up at OREA’s door. Against all odds, these folk found their ways through ripped apart buildings and decimated streets, directed by word of mouth, sometimes carrying random pictures with them, all the way to the hopeful faces of their tiny sons and daughters, having miraculously survived, taking shelter under OREA’s roof.

    After a few months more, the number of parents and relatives showing up to claim their lost children dwindled, and eventually stopped completely.

    The children that remained were those for whom nobody came.

    They were…

    Kimberlie

    Kimberlie is a stunning, quiet, studious ,kind ,obedient  She is effortlessly motherly to the younger children and exudes a maturity beyond her years.

    Yvenson

    Yvenson is a sensitive and quirky little boy. He marches to the beat of his own drum, happy with his own company exploring the yard and inventing games quietly by himself. He is quick to laugh, loves to be cuddled and has a winning smile.

    OREA Jenny

    Jenny is a sweet young girl  with a cheeky smile and an open confidence. She loves to be twirled, tickled and will greet you with a hug every day.

    Floritza

    Floritza is a gentle, sweet young girl who might not say too much but will knock your socks off with her smile. Floritza loves to be thrown in the air and will seek out cuddles morning, noon and night.

    Sterline OREA

    Sterline is a shy, almost bashful, young lady who is diligent in her studies and help other children more young . Sterline is quietly caring towards her fellow housemates and shows a flair for photography if a camera is in her midst.

    OREA Isna

    Isna is a cheeky, loud, resourceful young girl with the most infectious laugh you can imagine. Tough by nature, Isna will soften into a cacophony of laugher with the most minute prompting and cherishes even the slightest affection.

    From the day of the earthquake onwards, OREA was an orphanage for good.

    Post Earthquake

    In a sense, the story of OREA is the story of Haiti. Time was not a healer of their wounds.

    November 2010, in the remains of the earthquake, the country faced an outbreak of Cholera.

    Yvenson OREAJean lived with great fear during this time. Caring for 17 children and having many more come in and out each day for school, he knew that just one of the children infected could spell disaster for OREA.

    His fears peaked one night in November.

    One of the youngest boys at the orphanage, Yvenson began acting strangely. Normally a kid with a strong appetite, Jean and his wife noticed he didn’t eat any of his dinner. They didn’t panic, and put him to bed as on any other night.

    In the night, they heard a commotion from the room where Yvenson slept, and went to check on him. They found him in pain and saw vomit on the floor. They feared for the worst.

    He was urgently administered the anti dehydration salts provided by UNICEF at the time, and rushed to hospital.

    Sat by his hospital bed, Jean prayed.

    Miraculously, Yvenson’s fate was not that of so many Haitians at the time. Having reached the hospital just in time, Yvenson survived.

    The doctors told Jean that if he had arrived just 15 minutes later, he would have died.

    The rest of the orphanage was fortunate to survive the Cholera outbreak unscathed.

    Orphanage Today

    Today, OREA provides a safe place to live for these children (in addition to 5 of their own!), nutritious and plentiful meals, education, a back yard to play in, and spiritual guidance as well.

    These children have lived turbulent lives but they are resilient. They are strong, and smart and friendly and dutiful and would make any parent proud.

    It is our hope that they will remain here until adulthood allows them to go out into the world on their own. We would like to open our doors to more children like those you see here, but a lack of resources prevents us from doing so.

    You can learn more about our plan for changing this here.

    Or you can learn how you can help us help more children here.

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