Relief Fund for Orphans in HaitiRich Stigall
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C3 Missions International Establishes Relief Fund or Orphans in Haiti
Locally-based organization hopes Kansas City community can help
Kansas City, Mo. (September 3, 2008) C3 Missions International has established a relief fund for the more than 1,100 orphans it cares for in Haiti. Torrential rain resulting from Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Hanna has washed away area roads and bridges, stranding the children and making delivery of food and water difficult.
The C3 Missions staff has learned that about 250 orphans are stranded but safe on the second floor of its facility in Gonaives. Another 200 who are waiting for C3 homes in Gonaives are staying safely with pastors and church families. The children in the town of Les Cayes are also safe but the condition of about 360 children in outlying areas is unknown.
According to news reports, the country has lost more than 100 lives to mudslides and flooding since mid-August. In addition to the devastation from Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Hanna, Tropical Storms Ike and Josephine also pose threats to Haiti. The country is particularly vulnerable to devastating floods because of its steep hillsides and deforestation. More than 3,000 people in Haiti were washed away during Tropical Storm Jeanne in 2004.
Representatives of C3 Missions hope the money raised from a relief effort will help them secure and distribute ample food and water to and provide shelter for the orphans in its care and many more orphaned children in these areas. Mike Fox, co-founder of C3 Missions with his wife Beth, said, Our kids in Haiti are stranded and we need to help them quickly. We know it will take significant dollars and volunteer hours to respond. Homes for 200 children in Gonaives that were under construction have apparently been destroyed. In the coming days, we re bracing for the full measure of the relief and recovery needed. We hope people in the community will step up to help us.
Those interested in donating to the C3 Missions International Haiti Relief Fund can either call 816-536-8333 or donate online through the organization s website. Visit www.C3Missions.org and click on Help Today.
About C3 Missions International
Founded in 2003, C3 Missions International is a non-profit organization
dedicated to the care for orphaned and abandoned children around the world. C3 works with local, indigenous partners to create orphan homes in a “village” model that provides holistic care and support. Mike and Beth Fox founded C3 in 2003 after a modest donation to help support 19 orphaned children in Thailand. By 2006, C3 had eight homes in three countries and just over 500 children in care. Today, C3 has 37 homes and helps care for more than 1,500 children, with another 51 homes under construction and more than 100 in process, spanning 15 nations in the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.
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