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LOA Embassy orphanage in Haiti skirts disaster

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By ZACK OWENSBYThe Wilson Post

An orphanage in Haiti supported by the Love One Another Embassy was totally destroyed in last week’s earthquake, but the 60 orphans it cares for were luckily outside playing in a courtyard when the ground started to shake.

According to Bob Evans, pastor of Lebanon’s LOAE, only one child from the Port-au-Prince orphanage was injured in the quake that is feared to have killed more than 100,000 Haitians. 

However, four workers have not yet been located, Evans said. They may be injured, killed, or they have returned to their homes and not yet notified the orphanage. Evans said he hopes for the best.

With the chaos that is currently Haiti and the accompanying relief efforts, he said anything is possible.

The Love One Another Embassy building in Haiti, located just down the street from the orphanage, was completely leveled, Evans said, all three stories coming down, burying several inside.

The one orphan who was injured was at another facility and suffered only minor cuts and bruises.

“The good thing about our work so far has been that we already have connections and contacts in Haiti,” Evans said. “We were able to immediately wire (transfer) $3,300 last week when the earthquake hit. We didn’t have to wait for anyone. We were ready to act immediately.”

So far, $4,200 has been raised for the relief efforts.

An account has been set up at Wilson Bank & Trust locations and all branches can take donations. Mention Love One Another Embassy – Haiti. Donations can be made directly to the LOAE offices, 1960 S.E. Tater Peeler Road, Lebanon, TN 37090.

Staff Writer Zack Owensby may be contacted at zowensby@wilsonpost.com.

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