In August of 2013, while we were waiting at the department of Social Services in Jeremie for permits to open the Hopesart Children’s Home, someone brought a small baby he had found on a trash heap where pigs were feeding. He said he was afraid the pigs would chew him up. The baby was totally non-responsive, and seemed close to death. We took him to the local hospital, paid for emergency services. He was badly dehydrated and was running a high fever; but that emergency care saved his life. He is now a healthy and happy toddler.
Since then we have taken in three similarly abandoned babies who would have died otherwise. Haitian women who already have three or four kids they are not able to feed, and who do not practice contraception, are unable to cope with the results of yet one more unplanned pregnancy. They abandon new babies in hope that someone will take them in. We are not able to take in more than the four at this time, but are planning a center for abandoned babies in Jeremie. Complete care for those we are currently raising costs $120 per month for each baby.