Croatian Relief Services Inc. http://www.croatianrelief.org Apostolate of Mercy - Humanitarian Organization, Fairview, NJ, USA Wed, 06 Oct 2010 14:22:11 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1 Video: Haiti’s youngest amputees http://www.croatianrelief.org/?p=328 http://www.croatianrelief.org/?p=328#comments Wed, 06 Oct 2010 14:17:16 +0000 vinko http://www.croatianrelief.org/?p=328 . . . → Read More: Video: Haiti’s youngest amputees]]>

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Where is the Money? We Can Wait No Longer… http://www.croatianrelief.org/?p=321 http://www.croatianrelief.org/?p=321#comments Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:37:43 +0000 vinko http://www.croatianrelief.org/?p=321 “A promise is a comfort only to a fool.”  These were the words CARICOM representative Camillo Gonsalvez used to describe the state of international pledges for the reconstruction of Haiti at a Brooklyn community forum on May 26, 2010.  Mr. Gonsalvez was referring to the startling contradiction that on March 31st international donors pledged a total of . . . → Read More: Where is the Money? We Can Wait No Longer…]]> “A promise is a comfort only to a fool.”  These were the words CARICOM representative Camillo Gonsalvez used to describe the state of international pledges for the reconstruction of Haiti at a Brooklyn community forum on May 26, 2010.  Mr. Gonsalvez was referring to the startling contradiction that on March 31st international donors pledged a total of over $10 billion at the “Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti,” and yet, the Haitian Government is currently forced to operate with only 20% of its yearly budget.

With the cameras flashing and videos streaming, international donors such as the U.S., E.U., and the InterAmerican Development Bank, made promises to a devastated Haiti that they were not willing to keep.  Now, over 6 months since the earthquake, over 1 million Haitians are still homeless in tent and tarp cities and the Haitian government has not seen the relief money pledged.  In addition, the Haitian government continues to be undermined by the thousands of well-funded foreign NGOs and development agencies that circumvent its sovereignty at every opportunity.

In the face of great suffering and adversity, the so-called “developed” nations told the world what they wanted to hear and then disappeared into thin air.  True international solidarity has been shown only through the tangible action and sacrifice of progressive nations, such as Cuba, Venezuela, ALBA and CARICOM.  While the U.S. was shipping over 10,000 soldiers to secure private interests, Cuba and CARICOM already had thousands of doctors and emergency workers on the front lines, working 24/7 to support their Haitian brothers and sisters in their time of greatest need.

In an exemplary act of international solidarity, Hugo Chavez immediately cancelled Haiti’s $295 million external debt with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and summed up the historical importance of Haiti in the fight for freedom and self-determination of oppressed people everywhere, stating  ”“Haiti has no debt with Venezuela, just the opposite: Venezuela has a historical debt with that nation, with that people for whom we feel not pity but rather admiration, and we share their faith, their hope.”  The contradiction between real action and flashy lip service could not be more clear.

Join us on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 7 PM at Sistas’ Place 456 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn NY for a city wide forum on Haiti: 6 months later and help us hold every country that pledged accountable for every penny pledged. Also, join us on Saturday, September 25, 2010 for a solidarity march from the Haitian Consulate at 10 AM 271 Madison Avenue, to the United Nations at 42nd Street and First Ave, New York City and make our voice heard!”

By Kenta Darley Usmar

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Hear the story of Alexander http://www.croatianrelief.org/?p=309 http://www.croatianrelief.org/?p=309#comments Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:22:45 +0000 vinko http://www.croatianrelief.org/?p=309 My name is Alexandro and I live in Haiti. I am only 6 years old and I lost my arm on January 12, 2010 at a horrible earthquake which took placein the town of Carfur, where I was living with my family. That evening, like every other day, after school, I . . . → Read More: Hear the story of Alexander]]> My name is Alexandro and I live in Haiti. I am only 6 years old and I lost my arm on January 12, 2010 at a horrible earthquake which took placein the town of Carfur, where I was living with my family. That evening, like every other day, after school, I was playing with my two brothers, Eronne and Elie as well as my dear cousin Maurice. My mom had a small store and we were playing in one of the rooms. My mom, Marlene Francois was a hard worker, the all of our family depend on her income. My grandma and grandpa my three aunts and my cousin with her husband, all lived in one house.

As we were playing, I all the sudden heard an unusual noise and the cement blocs and the wall of the house began to fall. Everyone was screaming and running out of the house. All of the sudden I heard my mother calling for help, but I could not understand why I could not move from the spot where I was.

Four hours after this terrible noise and shake, Alexanders grandma recognized the voice of Alexandro who was berried in the rubble. “Please, take me out, I’ve cried. Help me!” “I am thirsty and afraid of the dark here, please, take me out!” I could not move, because of the big block which was over my arm. I could not understand why the block was there.

Then they started digging and by mid-night they got to me and I was freed. Later I found out that I was one of the many miracles that happen on that night as people were brought out from under the rubble.

I was brought to the hospital and few hours later they had to amputate my arm in order to save my life. I feel better now but I have no arm. There are now 12 members of my family who live under the plastic tarp and cardboard as you can see in the enclosed pictures.

My grandmother, Alfred is trying her best to feed all of us but it is not easy because now we have nothing and the house which you can see on the picture is not much of a house for 12 members of my family.

Because of this situation, I will not attend school this year. My grandma did not have any money last year so she did not pay our last years tuition and the school would not accept me back.

COMMENT BY OUR DIRECTOR  OF THE ORPHANAGE IN HAITI:

Alexandro is amazing child He is always smiling. I told him that we will do our best to find him an artificial arm and he started dancing. He wanted to come with me to our Cardinal Stepinac Center but we could not take him in. The story of Alexandro and his family is one of the million stories here in Haiti. There are many Alexandro’s, and street children without anyone living in Haiti. There are young and old, healthy and sick, who need your help. Croatian Relief Services, Inc. “The Apostolate of Mercy is taking one child at a time and we treat him or her as Jesus would. Now, we are doing what we can for Alexandro to see if we can make a difference in his life. We believe that you and God will do the rest.

Mrs. Raymonde Pun

You may send your donation for Alexandro and his family to:

Croatian Relief Services

Apostolate of Mercy

P.O. Box 355

Fairview, New Jersey 07022

Alexandro and his brother

Alexandro - Other view of destroyed house

Alexandro - View of New home

Alexandro - Mrs Alfred taking care of children

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Beloved helpers,

Each time, I receive your voluble donation for the poorest of the poor in Haiti I thank God for the blessings of having a friend like you.   With all the expenses and commitments we have in Haiti for our orphans and the hungry we need to come up with USD 20 thousands each month.  This . . . → Read More: Letter of Fr. Gio]]>

Fr. Gio

Beloved helpers,

Each time, I receive your voluble donation for the poorest of the poor in Haiti I thank God for the blessings of having a friend like you.   With all the expenses and commitments we have in Haiti for our orphans and the hungry we need to come up with USD 20 thousands each month.  This is such a large amount to raise  each month for a small organization like us, especially in these days of recession when people do not have   much income.

You see, we are a small humanitarian organization. We are not a large organization such as Red Cross, UNICEF, Caritas, Food for the Poor or Catholic Relief Services. We are small but committed to do the same as they do on a much smaller using every cent and being conscious of the suffering people of Haiti, especially the little innocent one such as our orphans.

In order to run our orphanage, kitchen soup, feeding the hungry…etc. we need now USD 20 thousands each month  for these projects or we will disappoint so many who have been receiving constant help from us in the past.   We would have to close our orphanage which we have raised with much difficulty.  We would have to turn hungry people off from our doors, we would have to shut down our soup kitchen and many would go hungry to the point of starvation and the children would not have at least one meal a day in their school.   These expenses of which I am talking about do not include  the shipment of the containers in which we  have sent up to now.  These containers are loaded with clothing, rice and beans, toiletries, medicine, toys, school supply, and much more.  The price of a container to Haiti now has gone up to almost 6000 dollars.  It is expensive but when the container holds merchandise for the poor the value of  50 thousands or more then it pays to ship it.  For now we plan to stop shipment until   our  financial difficulties improve.

My deepest concern are the little ones  who are dying from hunger.  Each Thursday Fr. Rick goes to the morgue to   collect the bodies of little ones who die during the week and puts 2 or 3 little bodies in a plastic bag and then goes outside of Port-au-Prince to give them Christian burial along with the band which honors these innocent ones  who should never have died  of hunger or from  drinking dirty and contaminated water.  You may see this burial  which we have recorded on my last   trip to Haiti on our web site:   www.croatianrelief.org.  Each time I go to Haiti I make sure that I join Fr. Rick with this sad but true event of burying the children who did not have to die. Every time I participate to this funeral   I beg God to forgive us our selfishness and sins.  I also pray for the world which continues to ignore these little ones who do not have to die, especially they who live so close to our mainland.

Having said all of this, I want you to know that I am very grateful to you for your sacrificial donations in the past.   I know how  hard it is these days to share the bread with the poor but you did it with joy and we thank you so much.

We will continue to pray for you and your private intentions so that God may give you strength and health of  body, soul and spirit.  May He answer all of your needs and requests.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Giordano Belanich

www.apostolateofmercy.org

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CHILDREN’S SHOE-BOX PROJECT http://www.croatianrelief.org/?p=86 http://www.croatianrelief.org/?p=86#comments Tue, 27 Jul 2010 20:01:30 +0000 vinko http://www.apostolateofmercy.org/?p=86 . . . → Read More: CHILDREN’S SHOE-BOX PROJECT]]> Shoe-Box-Gift-Project is simple and it may involve children, young adults, and senior citizens. The project can be introduced to prayer groups, Catholic schools, C.C.D. programs, and Principals of any school. The Shoe-Box-Project can be done as a Confirmation of First Communion project.

Here is how it works. Each student or interested person is encouraged to make one or more shoe-boxes. A simple shoe-box or similar sized gift box can be used. A donor buys some school supplies such as pencils, pens, erasers, sharpeners, rulers, notebooks, candy bars, a t-shirt, tooth paste, toothbrush, non perishable food such as rice, beans etc.

All these items are placed in the shoe-box and the box can be wrapped with the gift wrapping paper. On the box, the donor may include in an additional envelope, a donation of $5.00 per box to help us with the shipping cost. (Do not put the envelope inside the wrapped shoe-box.) The donor may also write a simple letter to the receiving student telling he or she about him or herself. The wrapped box, once received, will be placed in the container and sent to the poor boys and girls of Haiti.

 

 

The children and orphans of Haiti are very poor and cannot afford to buy school supplies. As a result, many do not go to school. While the contents of the box may not be a big deal to an American student, it will be a big deal to an orphan child who is unable to buy basic school supplies. Just think what a shoe-box would mean to a child on Christmas morning!

Please encourage your students and children as well as other community members to make one child happy on Christmas morning. This project will be a blessing for both the receiving and sending individual. It is a unique way to teach children to share their love with others.

We encourage you to copy these flies and give them out. You may want to advertise on your local radio station and in your local newspaper. You may distribute these fliers after Church Services, or other gatherings or events, or to school principles, teachers, pastors, or C.C.D. directors in your area. If they wish, they may invite their students and other members of their parish to join us with this type of charity work. They may contact us at (201)945-4891.

May God bless you for reading this information and for helping us with the shoe-box project for Christmas!

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Godparent Program http://www.croatianrelief.org/?p=167 http://www.croatianrelief.org/?p=167#comments Tue, 27 Jul 2010 14:12:58 +0000 vinko http://www.apostolateofmercy.org/?p=167 Alexis Francia, 6

With the terrible tragedy now in Haiti after a devastating 7.0 major earthquake hit the capital city of Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010, killing close to at least 120,000 people, wounding 250,000 and leaving million of families homeless. Croatian Relief Services has stepped forward in faith and has made a contract in Haiti to . . . → Read More: Godparent Program]]>

Alexis Francia, 6

With the terrible tragedy now in Haiti after a devastating 7.0 major earthquake hit the capital city of Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010, killing close to at least 120,000 people, wounding 250,000 and leaving million of families homeless.
Croatian Relief Services has stepped forward in faith and has made a contract in Haiti to open an orphanage for the destitute and hungry street children. The orphanage is called “Cardinal Stepinac Children Center of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.”

The complex will have a chicken, goat and sheep farm, all of which will help us to feed the hungry children, who will come to us to escape the danger of the street. The animals, as well as an on site vegetable garden, will help the orphanage become almost self sustaining. We will also provide a vocational school to train young boys and girls particular trades so that they can go on to support themselves as adults.
In orphanage temporarily we have 30 Children. The facilities could accommodate more children but unfortunately we don’t have the means to provide food and clothing for them, therefore we need your help. So we are starting the Godparent Program in our “Cardinal Stepinac Children Center – Haiti” to help the street children. The orphans of Haiti need us. They have nowhere else to turn and yet it is not enough to just feed and clothe them.
Godparent Program: what is it?
With a limited financial contribution, Godparent Program means giving a child or youth in particularly difficult conditions the possibility of growing up in our Orphanage in Haiti. It means food, medicines, schooling, a family, the love from far away persons who are concerned with his growth and to participate to his life, exchanging letters, drawings and experiences.
Godparent Program: how much does it cost?
Annual contribution for a Godparent Program costs $365 (one dollar a day) and can be paid yearly or for three or six months.

Since Croatian Relief was founded in 1991 many orphans and needy abandoned children have received supports from God-Parenthood-Program.  By choosing to support one child with one dollar a day you will provide food, shelter, medical care and education for your  God-Child.  You can correspond with a child and see his or her progress in the years to come.  You can also visit a child on our next missionary trip to Haiti.  We help earthquake orphans in Haiti along with homeless children,  poor families and people in need in order that they may gain. dignity by improving their living and educational condition.  We do this in partnership with people like you. With our humble means, we are addressing emergency and basic needs so that the few people with critical needs that we can help are fed and able to get on their feet again.  We teach the poor how to fish so that they can become self sufficient by using the local means. We provide food, shelter, clothing, clean water, money, educational training, medical, dental and psychological assistance. We also make sure that orphans and children are protected, and can go back to school.  The important thing is not how much we accomplish, but how much love we put to our deeds every day” Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say. We do what we can the best we can to help war orphans, homeless children, poor families, handicapped teenagers, tsunami survivors and refugees of all faiths at home and overseas. We are a growing family each year.

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