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Where Should Haiti's Children Go?

Updated on December 30, 2010

Take a look at the facts

Haiti is undergoing a major crisis which is bringing resources, and forces, from far and wide. However, despite the outpouring of assistance from other countries, Haiti is still going through the aftershocks of the earthquake which occurred on January 12, 2010.

The capital city, Port-au-Prince, lost a great percentage of its population - adults and children - though many children were left orphaned as a result and many of them are on the streets witnessing all manners of crime and, in some cases, being victimized themselves.

I could talk about the adults who lost their lives or who had children perish in the earthquake, but I won't.

I want to focus on Haiti's children and what could possibly become of them.

When the crisis settles down

When the level of crisis settles down in Haiti - which could take weeks or months - a decision will have to be made in what to do with Haiti's remaining orphaned children.

There are so many of them. Even before the earthquake, there were hundreds of thousands of Haitian children in orphanages.

Where can homes be found for so many impressionable children?

Many children wander the streets, seeking shelter anywhere!

Many children wander the streets, seeking shelter anywhere!
Many children wander the streets, seeking shelter anywhere!

The United States of America

The United States of America is known to be the richest country in the world. It has a large population and boasts an enormous amount of land. In addition, there are many Christian families into which Haitian orphans could be adopted, a factor which weighs heavily in decisions made by Haitian orphanages when finding placement for children.

Yes, Haiti's children could eventually be adopted into American families. They could be close to their roots and become immersed into the English or Spanish language, depending upon their location. It's also a possibility that they could end up in states with fault-zones and suffer another earthquake, or two, during their lives. Who can say it won't happen?

Photo credit: Neotorama.com

What about Canada?

However, the other alternative which makes more sense is to place them in Canada. Though the population is not as great as that of the United States of America, it boasts a greater amount of land, per capita, and it is rich enough to accommodate its citizens.

Furthermore, the greatest Haitian population living abroad lives in Quebec, Canada - boasting a Haitian population of between 80,000 to 100,000. That's right! Haitian's orphans could easily become sheltered in their midst and wouldn't have to struggle with learning a new language, nor struggle to survive on the streets.

They could retain elements of their culture and learn about other traditions as they grow. They would grow to learn that their new families had escaped the clutches of Haitian poverty, which would lend them a greater sense of hope for the future.

Photo credit: The Dead Parrot.com.

Ultimately, the important element is for children to find families in which they can be nurtured and loved, in which they can feel a sense of security.

A beautiful Haitian girl with soulful eyes

A beautiful Haitian girl with soulful eyes
A beautiful Haitian girl with soulful eyes

If you HAD to choose

For the purpose of this lens, if you had to choose either the United States or Canada to take these children in, which country would it be?

Where Should Haiti's Children Go?

United States of America

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    • ItsAngel LM 7 years ago

      I say both countries should chip in and help

    • lakern26 lm 7 years ago

      I agree with OhMe. Why does it have to be a choice of countries? I say they should focus on families who are willing to share their homes and their love with these little angels, regardless of where they are from.

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Does it have to be one or the other?

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      • TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

        Canada Eh! - Ommigrants bring so much richness.

      • Kelsey-Budden-16 7 years ago

        Let's go Canada let's go!

      • Guided Abundance 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

        I agree with Tipi, Canada seems to be a more likely place that they would be well taken care of. The medical situation is a fact and would help those with health needs. Either country with willing parents, but Canada has more to offer them in my opinion.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        send them to Canada, we have health care.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Canad has free medical, US doesn't and should.

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          TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

          It is a shame that so many needy countries are plauged by massive corruption. Solving this problem would help on many levels.

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          AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

          @lakern26 lm: I agree with you completely.

          As for the subject of my lens, I had to choose a debate and I wanted it to involve the Haitian children. Thus, being from Canada - where there are so many Haitians (living in Quebec) - and having the United States being so close to Haiti (while also being the richest country in the world) - I thought I would choose these two countries and see the comments people made.

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          AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

          @aka-rms: It's certainly beginning to be. :)

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          AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

          @SandyMertens: Thanks, Sandy.

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          lakern26 lm 7 years ago

          This is a highly debatable topic right now, isn't it? What a sad situation. My heart goes out to those little ones. I just hope that, wherever they end up, they receive the love and support that they need to flourish, and that the Lord watches over them along the way.

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          Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          Nice lens.

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          Kelsey-Budden-16 7 years ago

          Wow. One word describes it all.

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          Robin S 7 years ago from USA

          Great debate!

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          AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

          @newbizmau: You are kindly welcome. It's a pleasure to be able to feature your lenses.

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          AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

          @anonymous: Thanks, Susie. I'm glad you enjoyed my lens.

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          Guided Abundance 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

          Thank you so very much for featuring my lens. You are a sweetheart. I will feature this lens on my profile. Thanks again.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Very good and nice of you to join in to volunteer to help Haiti. I'll add this lens to my Top 100 Rocket Moms Lenses List / Help for Haiti. Thank you for posting this in the group chat.

          Susie

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          This all just breaks my heart and hope that the Haitian Adoptions are handled correctly and that good homes are found for the many who need one.

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          Genesis Davies 7 years ago from Guatemala

          I think this is an area that really has to be VERY carefully looked at and organized. Many of these children may not actually be orphans. Their parents might be looking for them. That's not to say we should leave them on the street, but there needs to be some way to ensure that families can be reunited again in the future. Imagine if your child disappeared and you thought they were dead? It would be so much better for parents to be able to know what happened, I feel. Though if I were in the same situation, I would be happy if someone took my child to safety, I would still want to know what happened to them.

          Also, I don't think any particular country should take them. Everyone can do their share. I know the US feels maligned because they are going through tough times financially, but some people can take some children. Others in other countries can take some, too.