Helping Children Thrive in Haiti
Operation Christmas Child is funding programs in Haiti that help children thrive in difficult circumstances.
Maribellin has never packed an Operation Christmas Child shoe
box - and she's likely never received one, either. But thanks to
generous Canadian Operation Christmas Child donors, Maribellin and
her tiny daughter, Erlin, are thriving after a difficult start to
the baby's life.
At one month old, Erlin weighed only 1.6kg and was unable to
complete a sucking motion with her mouth, which resulted in
dehydration and severe undernourishment.
While many children around the world are excitedly opening their
brightly colored Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts, other
little ones are struggling to survive. That's why Operation
Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, supports programs
that help children thrive in difficult circumstances.
Erlin's chances for survival in Haiti's Cite Soleil, the Western
Hemisphere's poorest neighborhood, were dim without the medical
clinic run by Samaritan's Purse and partially funded by its
Operation Christmas Child project.
Admitted to the clinic and loaned a breast pump, Maribellin
began the long process of coaxing Erlin to drink using a tiny
syringe. Her persistence paid off, and Erlin was able to drink
small amounts of milk. Maribellin received training and instruction
about caring for Erlin, and was able to take her baby home, along
with a breast pump on loan from the clinic.
The only facility in Cite Soleil that provides free health care
and medication, clinic staff see about 150 patients per day. Up to
75 per cent of them are children, which is why Operation Christmas
Child is funding a program at the clinic that treats children under
5 with malnutrition. The program includes distributing
multivitamins and supplying medication to prevent intestinal
Last year, Operation Christmas Child sent 75,000 gift-filled
shoe boxes to children in Haiti, as part of continuing work
Samaritan's Purse is doing there. Operation Christmas Child
shoe boxes give Samaritan's Purse and its partners the opportunity
- connect with communities;
- share God's love through shoe boxes full of gifts;
- establish relationships with families and churches, and;
- see whether there are other ways we can help the community
Your financial gifts enable us to help the poorest of the poor,
including tiny, thriving Erlin, which is how Jesus taught us to
Ways you can help
Please pray for children in Haiti who need our help to thrive. Pray that as their families receive assistance and education from Samaritan's Purse they will experience the love of Christ in a practical way.
Help ensure that children and their mothers, like Erlin and Maribellin, receive the physical, emotional and spiritual support they need to thrive in their communities. Your gift will help Samaritan's Purse provide food, resources, and education to mothers in Haiti and around the world. Donate Here