Bethany Christian Services, a global nonprofit organization committed to bringing and keeping families together, mobilizes to provide direct assistance to vulnerable children and families devastated by the storm.
As the staff prepare to travel to Haiti to assist in relief efforts, Kristi Gleason, senior director of global programs said, “The immediate need remains for food, shelter, clean water, clothing and physical safety for children and families who’ve lost everything.”
Bethany Global, in partnership with Lumos, will serve as the central hub to train and deploy Haitian social workers to the hardest hit areas of the southwest corridor. Teams will work to identify orphanages that have been damaged, complete assessment needs for children and work in conjunction with the Haitian government’s Institut du Bien-Etre Social et de recherches – IBESR (in English: Institute of Social Well-Being and Research) to coordinate efforts with police to prevent trafficking.
“Bethany has a long-standing commitment to vulnerable children and families in Port Au Prince’s tent cities. Thankfully all the families, children and staff we work with are safe but there is still much work to be done to protect the lives of the children and families we serve,” shared Pastor Vijonet Demero, Haiti country director.
The public is asked to join in empowering Bethany staff to respond to the needs of children and families by visiting Bethany.org/HelpHaiti and making a financial contribution towards a $50,000 fundraising goal. To date nearly $10,000 has been raised.
via: La’Leatha Spillers, Senior Marketing Director Bethany Christian Services.
Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings families together and keeps families together through family and pregnancy counseling, adoption services (domestic, intercountry and in-country), foster care, refugee resettlement, and our Safe Families for Children ministry. Bethany is located in 36 states across the U.S., and we work in over 15 countries around the world. For more information, please call 1-800-BETHANY or visit our website at www.bethany.org.
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