Man wants to bring Haitian orphans to North Carolina

Reported by Frances Weller - bio|email
Posted by Lauren Thomson - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - There's an effort underway to bring close to a dozen displaced children from an orphanage in Haiti here to North Carolina -- maybe even Wilmington.

The man who runs the orphanage, Yvon Pierre, was orphaned as a child, but was adopted by a family in Clayton, just outside Raleigh.

Pierre recalls last Tuesday, when the Earthquake rattled Haiti, like it was yesterday.

His first thought when he realized the ground was shaking was of his wife and two children.

And the ten children living at his orphanage.

When the quake was over, the orphanage was in ruins.

Yvon, his family, and the children now sleep in an open field at night on top of sheets.

Knowing the kindness of people in the Tarheel State, he wants to relocate the children and his family to North Carolina -- if only for a short while.

As for the children, Yvon says the kids have been too traumatized to tell them now that they may be leaving their native country.

Yvon's adoptive parents have a close friend, Sande Kirby, here in Wilmington.

If you would like to help get Yvon's family and his children to North Carolina, call Sande at 262-0005.

You can also call Wrightsville United Methodist Church in Wrightsville Beach for more information on how you can help.

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