The past few days have been filled with calls, emails, and social media posts in an attempt to raise awareness of the dire situation at the Son of God Orphanage in Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Having received no response from my Senators, I wrote them again today and it occurred to me that it may be helpful for others to have a sample to send to your own elected officials.
“Dear Senator Gillibrand,
My name is Patti Gibbons and I live in Albany, NY. Last winter, I went to Port-au-Prince with a group of 20 students and adults to serve those displaced and otherwise effected by the earthquake.
While there, I spent time at an orphanage called Son of God, located in the area of the city called Carrefour. It was horrific, even by local Haitian, post-earthquake standards. This week, after months of investigation, it is clear that the children there have been intentionally malnourished, physically and sexually abused, trafficked for their organs, and more. The government agency charged with overseeing orphanages has been complicit in these abuses, for the profit of themselves and those running the orphanage. Because of the structure of the Haitian government, it would take direct action of President Martelly to order the closure of this orphanage for the protection of the children.
I am attaching information released yesterday detailing the abuses and calling for the closure of Son of God Orphanage. I am appealing to you as my senator, to do all within your power to help expose this corruption and help to protect children like the orphans at Son of God. Their situation is dire.
I appreciate your attendance to this matter and would welcome any opportunity to provide further information or assistance in making this matter known.
Obviously, you need to adapt this letter and look up your elected officials email addresses [here’s a resource to do that]. I made pdf a document of the press release, which you can find online at SethBarnes.com [here].
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9
Be their voice.