Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27First, she was an orphan. Barely 6 years old and relinquished to the care of an instutition that she would call home for the next 8 years. She quickly learned how to fit in to a place with too many children and not enough adults. She studied hard, the one year that she was allowed to attend school. She was quiet and didn't make trouble, she was helpful and timid. She was too fragile for the hand of life she had been dealt.
When she was 14 her life turned again when an earthquake shook her home and changed everything. The place that had sheltered her was gone and she found herself alone in the world. Until, in the midst of chaos someone saw an opportunity, a man who had worked for the orphanage found her and took her into his home as his "daughter". But daughter couldn't be further from the truth of how she was treated. Repeatedly raped, forced into working unbearably long hours and all too soon, on the brink of becoming a mother herself. When she was 17 she gave birth for the first time She did what she could with no one to help, no one to teach her how to be a mother. Less than 9 months later she faced the greatest heartbreak of all, when her tiny daughter died.
6 months ago she found her belly growing again. Time and life had been hard, she was devastated over the fears of what was to come. He would be angry. He would probably beat her, and if she did manage to have this baby, how many months would she have to fall in love with her before the hunger took her life too? That night she prepared for the worst, ready to tell him and endure his wrath. She waited for him to come home. The wait turned into hours and then days, finally it was confirmed. A car accident and all of the sudden, in the loosest sense of the description this 19 year old orphan had become a widow with no one to provide for her or the baby that she carried. Her situation, which was unimaginable was about to get even worse.
One of the sweet young ladies in my program is named "M" (she has asked that her photo and name not be shared publicly) That story is the story of her life. She arrived in my program on Christmas Eve this year, having been sleeping in a park in downtown Petionville for several months. She was set up with a temporary place to live and then enrolled in a program to provide housing and employment assistance. Her baby was due to arrive at the end of February.
Today she is about to welcome her baby into the world. What should be a time of joy and excitement is a time of fear and uncertainty for M. Her baby is not doing well and will need to be delivered by cesarean today, more than 5 weeks early! M has struggled so much in her life and she is finally on the brink of hope and a future that she has never known before, this baby needs to live! This baby NEEDS to bring hope and joy back into the heart of a broken woman.
M's medical bills are growing, the cost of her care, including the desperately needed cesarean is estimated to reach about $500usd. That is far more than Espwa Berlancia can afford to pay at the moment. We need some help to pay this bill and help keep this tiny family together.
If you feel led to donate any amount towards this mother and baby, you can do so by clicking the button below. Thank you, for caring about and valuing the lives of Haitian mothers and children!