East Tennesseans have heart for Haiti

KNOXVILLE, Tenn(WVLT)--The 2010 earthquake killed an estimated 315,000 Haitians. A million and a half were left homeless.

Driving through Port-au-Prince I see vivid reminders of the poverty and devastation.

Haiti is now considered the world's poorest country. U.S. and international aid has helped, but the small groups like this one from East Tennessee seem to be making a huge difference.

Megan Boudreax is on a mission. Her primary goal, saving children.

Megan Fox from Grace Baptist Church told Local 8, "They would have been slaves ranging in age from 12 to 16,. currently they have 4 girls in the home."

12 people from Grace Baptist were there to help for a week.
Megan said,"There is alot of desperation, at the same time alot of joy, you see people you meet but there is alot of desperation, alot of need."

Especially food.

One example is a weekly dinner, served up, with t rice and beans and some hot sauce for kids of all ages."

It's quite likely their only meal of the day. Wearing their only set of clothes, some with a Tennessee flair with a tee-shirt that says Bearden Elementary.

Further up the coast, you'll find ReachHaiti.

Joshua and Amanda Armstrong oversee an orphanage for dozens of children.

The children are here because their parents died in the earthquake. Getting clothing, food, education and the gospel.

ReachHaiti is also reaching far back into the Haitian mountains. Through donations and offerings from Maryville's Vineyard Church, Monte Vista Baptist and Restoration International, they and many others are planting seeds for the future. I

For more information on Grace Baptist Church's mission schedule and how to help Respire in Haiti you can find them at http://www.gracebc.org/

For ReachHaiti to volunteer or for donations their website is http://reachhaiti.com/

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