Recently, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck was in Haiti with another organization conducting child slavery research. He stopped by our safe house to interview some of our staff members and got more than he bargained for when he held one of our baby girls. This precious baby was born to a young mother as a result of sexual exploitation, but she is a happy baby who is filled with joy. She giggled as Glenn held her in his arms, and he pronounced these words of hope, “The chains are broken with this child. The cycle of exploitation ends here.”
This is true for each baby born to girls in our safe houses. Their mothers endured painful exploitative circumstances, but the cycle ends at Rapha House. The chains are broken and hope is born.
Since opening Rapha House Haiti, seven girls have entered our doors pregnant from the exploitation they experienced. Weighing only four pounds, a precious baby girl was born to a very young mother just a few weeks ago. Earlier this month another baby boy was born, and we expect the addition of yet another within a few short months. These three additions will result in five babies residing at the Haiti safe house.
Although abortions are common in Haiti, we desire that each baby has the opportunity to live. This means that we will stand by and support our girls when they give birth to these precious gifts. And if they decide to parent their babies rather than place them for adoption, we will continue our support.
As you can imagine, the cost of supporting these young mothers and their babies is high. We face thousands in medical bills from two recent C-Section deliveries and one stay in the NICU. In the upcoming months we need additional caregiver support for the babies so these young mothers can continue their schooling. Additionally, we need funds for the myriad of other baby-raising costs. Although the costs are high, we are committed to walking with these young mothers and their children.
But we cannot do this alone. We need your help!
We are seeking 25 safe house sponsors who will commit $40 per month for this important Haiti safe house program. Will you stand with us today in celebrating these gifts of life by providing a safe and stable place for them as their young mothers continue in the healing process?