Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos supports thousands in need and serves important
role in community
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is no stranger to worldwide media attention as the country's agonizing food crisis continues to escalate. Violent riots and protests, the April ousting of Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis and renewed pledges of aid during the early June U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Summit are well covered and debated, and headlines and photos provide a glimpse of the upheaval.
Story upon story relays the desperation of the situation, but for people like Fr. Rick Frechette, physician and Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters) Haiti National Director, that desperation compels him even further to do all he can to help the thousands of children the organization serves in the region. For Frechette, turning his back is not an option, and since he arrived in Haiti 21 years ago to serve those in need, he knows how critical NPH's support is.
NPH, an organization founded in 1954 by Fr. William Wasson, operates homes for orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children in nine Latin American and Caribbean countries. Haiti's NPH home, St. Helene, opened in 1988 about 25 miles outside the capital of Port Au Prince. The 750 children who live there permanently or receive support from NPH are able to go to school, live in a safe environment and thrive despite the country's circumstances.
In a country of nearly nine million people, "Fr. Rick," as he is known, explained, "The problem is that most of them live on $500 per year and food is three times more expensive than it was a year ago. For many, it's nearly impossible to survive."
The price of the most basic staples, beans and rice, has risen
dramatically with a 110 lb. bag of beans increasing 42.5 percent, and the
same quantity o
|SOURCE Friends of the Orphans|
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