Here's the e-mail we just sent out to our own supporters at World Orphans. Please note the new opportunity to get involved at http://www.firstgiving.com/hort.
Dear Friend of the Fatherless,
World Orphans has an unprecedented opportunity to share with you!
We are excited to be one of the forming members of the Haiti Orphan Relief Team (HORT), an amazing collaboration of disaster response experts and U.S.-based orphan care and advocacy organizations. The goal of HORT is to identify, train and resource Haitian churches to be the direct rescue and care mechanism for Haiti's hundreds of thousands of orphans and displaced children. We'll accomplish this by partnering these Haitian churches with U.S. churches who are committed to walk alongside them for the task. This church-to-church model is truly the most effective and scalable response to a need of such great complexity and magnitude. This is what World Orphans does daily and so here's our opportunity to really shine, influence others, and make a difference.
The primary goal of HORT is to better enable Haitian churches to reunite or keep children within extended family structures. For children that have no other options, HORT will help Haitian churches to provide direct care in family home environments, not institutional orphanages.
This Sunday a team of fifteen HORT representatives, including myself, leave for a two-week trip to Haiti. During the trip, HORT will map and identify the churches and leaders that are able to respond with long-term solutions. We'll do this in conjunction with some great in-field partners.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Pray – It goes without saying that the HORT initiative needs to be bathed in prayer as a collaboration of ministries work in unity to identify and develop networks of churches both here and there.
Advocate – Forward this e-mail to friends, family and pastors. Join the Haiti Orphan Relief Team on Facebook and invite all your friends to participate.
or Fundraise – Hundreds of millions of dollars have been donated to Haiti relief efforts but little, if any, has made it into the hands of the Haitian church. We want to provide solid accountability structures and equip these pastors to begin making an immediate impact in their communities. Won't you please be a part of this effort?
There are several ways you can help financially:
Think big and let God respond! Start your own online fundraising campaign for the Haiti Orphan Relief Team. Create a page and change the world. Ask your friends to help instead of a birthday gift. Run a marathon and recruit sponsors. Fundraise in honor of a loved one. To get started, simply go to http://www.firstgiving.com/hort
Little things add up also! With a small gift, send Valentine's eCards to your loved ones. Go to www.haitiorphanrelief.org to send an eCard or make a donation. All contributions are tax-deductible and the IRS is allowing all donations before March 1st to be deductible for the 2009 tax year!
GET YOUR CHURCH INVOLVED: U.S. churches are being recruited by HORT to come alongside Haitian churches in church-to-church partnerships to initiate, strengthen and grow their outreach to orphans in their immediate communities. These partnerships will also work toward the self-sustainability of the orphan rescue and care efforts in Haiti. Ask your leaders to contact us and we'll share with them how a HORT church-to-church partnership works. Churches can also sign up for more information and download fundraising tools at www.haitiorphanrelief.org.
Thank you so much for your heart for Haiti's children!
Until They All Have Homes,
World Orphans – President
The Haiti Orphan Relief Team (HORT) can also be found on Facebook