On our blog: Women's Action for the Children (Haiti)
In a report on her second trip to Haiti, journalist Carolle de Villers tells the story of women at the Champ de Mars tent city who came together to organize child care for the 400 children in the camp. Here is an excerpt from her post on Mission to Haiti.
Women’s Action for the Children Committee
Josette wants me to meet the committee “Tet Ansanm” ( Heads Together) – “Women’s Action for the Children” ,located a few shelters down.
Someone from some organization distributes candies to camp children. Josette and I go to where a small desk with chairs have been installed on the sidewalk. The assistant coordinator, Irma Samuel, and two other members explain to me they are a a group of women who got together for the sake of the 400 children in the camp and their parents. They are women who have lost their husbands and other relatives, whose houses have been destroyed, and they have received no help. “We don’t want to prostitute ourselves, but we have no means and don’t know what to do” she says. The women are asking for any aid with food, clothes, school for the children, medical care. It’s too costly for them to enroll a child in school and children are getting skin problems due to the poor sanitary conditions of the camp. They say no official has come to the camp to inquire about their well-being. Irma then shows me a typed list of all the children’s names.
I say I can’t promise anything but I’ll spread the word. If not all can be helped she suggests that at least twenty families who are in desperate and urgent need of aid be helped. I think OREworld may be able to help.
Please reach out to Ms DeVillers on her blog if you can help.