To help sponsored refugee children seeking protection in the United States, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) has established the Louisiana Esperanza Project and received initial pledges of $310,000 over the next four years.
“The children at our border are some of the most vulnerable children on our continent,” said Winifred Reilly, who with her husband Kevin Reilly, Jr. helped kickoff the project with a challenge grant. “Their parents have the same hopes and dreams as we all have for our own.”
The project follows a statement by the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops issued earlier this month in which the Bishops urged protection of these vulnerable children and respect for their families.
Adoption experts says adoption not the best crisis response
Baton Rouge, LA— Louisiana’s only accredited provider for both international and domestic adoptions Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) cautions families trying to adopt Nepalese orphans at this time.
“Just like following the Haitian earthquakes, people see images of children separated from their families on the news and want to help, but protecting the children and reuniting them with their families is the top priority,” said David C. Aguillard, CCDBR Executive Director. “As the immediate crisis recedes, adopting orphaned children may become an option. But international adoptions take time and professional expertise to safeguard the rights of all involved.”Read more...
No one is immune to disaster--as we know very well here in South Louisiana. Tornadoes form in the blink of an eye. Flood waters inch slowly higher. Scientists predict hurricanes predictions months in advance. All, however, strike with unmitigated impunity, without regard to race, gender, age or income.
Like disasters, people of all types want to help, but often don't know the best way. Click here to read some tips we published following Hurricane Isaac. (BTW We learned these lessons the hard way.) In summary, online donations are always best, don't self-deploy into a disaster zone, shipping and handling costs for donated goods usually makes that a bad option, and prayers are ALWAYS welcome.
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On April 25, a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal near Kathmandu, also affecting nearby parts of India. Avalanches were reported in the Himalayas, including on Mount Everest. The official death toll has surpassed 7,000.
CRS and their partner Caritas Nepal plan to support 15,000 families with emergency shelter, blankets, water treatment kits and hygiene kits. Because this region is known for earthquakes, CRS had prepositioned emergency aid in nearby Bihar, India. Temporary shelter kits, water purification kits and hygiene kits for 2,000 families–are being transported to Nepal for immediate distribution.