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Haiti: Through the Eyes of a 10 Year Old Survivor (VIDEO)

Haiti: Through the Eyes of a 10 Year Old Survivor (VIDEO)

Meet Andrise, a young Haitian girl who turned ten on October 29th. From the devastating earthquake last January that wiped out her home and killed many of her relatives, to the ongoing cholera outbreak, to the massive flooding from Hurricane Tomas in November, Andrise has seen more turmoil in her short life than anyone should ever have to experience, young or old. 

Today, home is a tent in a temporary settlement camp in the Carrefour Feuilles neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Andrise is one of the half million Haitian children scattered throughout camps like this one, where she lives with her mother, exposed to the elements and worse. Andrise is scared to be there, and not without good reason.

As Save the Children reports, children who’ve been displaced to camps and slums are under constant threat of abuse and exploitation — the vast majority lack access to social services and protection. Even before the earthquake, some 1.2 million children were vulnerable to violence, exploitation and domestic servitude.  

But despite the hardship and fear, Andrise holds on to hope, in that refreshing way that only a child can. October not only brought Andrise’s birthday, but the chance to go back to school for the first time since the earthquake. 

Proud in her be-ribboned pigtails and new pink uniform, she is quick to say that she’s the best in her class – and that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. 

Aid workers from Save the Children’s emergency response team first met Andrise right after the earthquake, and they’ve been following her story ever since. Watch and listen as Andrise describes what her life has been like this year.

TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition to help Haitians rebuild their homes. 

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10:26PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

My new neices arrived in the states fourteen months ago and although they missed much of the disaster in Haiti, they are still in contact with friends at the orphanage for updates.

12:41AM PST on Dec 31, 2010

noted and sign the petition

8:55PM PST on Dec 29, 2010

food & donations, these are the common things they ask for calamity stricken places like HAITI. but the people haas been devastated not only physically but mentally & emotionally. let the people of the world today feel what the HAITIANS felt a year ago lsing their loved ones, their dreams, their hopes! let us help them re-build their future & uplift their spirits, we call the civic action groups around the globe to promote their welfare, not only through foods & temporary shelter, they must feel receiving these goods from the heart, let's make them feel our caring from our hearts, let us build their moral, let's support the SAVE THE CHILDREN EMERGENCY RESPONSE in all ways we can! let's spread the word of LOVE & COMPASSION for HAITI...

1:48AM PST on Dec 24, 2010

Thank you

3:55PM PST on Dec 23, 2010

God bless

2:53PM PST on Dec 21, 2010

thank you

11:29PM PST on Dec 20, 2010

Thank goodness for Dr. Farmer. We all know Haiti is one of the saddest places in the world. And yet we must keep hope for them.
Especially the children, but then, who is leading them? They need guidance and help as well. Blessings to Haiti.

11:42AM PST on Dec 20, 2010

As many have said, we cannot lose hope, but, more significantly, we cannot lose our sense of compassion. No one can determine into which body, in which country, and under what conditions they will be born.

It's certainly, easy to be well fed, sitting in a warm environment and not have concern for our fellow man. That is what Christ taught, in the event, some Tea Party Republicans have forgotten.

9:56AM PST on Dec 20, 2010

Gladly signed and we are at almost 10,000 signatures !

8:57AM PST on Dec 20, 2010

Noted

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