Haitian charity needs assistance after quake

WINDSOR, Ont. January 14, 2010 – Frank Chauvin, founder of Haiti’s first orphanage for girls and the recipient of the League’s 2009 Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence in Public Life, will be providing relief aid to victims of the massive earthquake in Haiti January 12.

“The problem is that Haiti has very poor infrastructure at the best of times,” said Mr. Chauvin. “Right now we’re seeing all the news reports of entire buildings caving into the street; they wouldn’t have enough heavy equipment on the island to even be able to begin the cleanup. Quite frankly I don’t think we’ll ever know how many died in this quake because they probably don’t know how many were there to begin with.”

The local supervisor of the orphanage survived the quake, he has learned, but he does not yet have information about the orphanage itself, which is in Port au Prince.

The Holy Name of Mary Food Fund, which Mr. Chauvin established, has been operating in Port au Prince since 1987. It houses 70 girls. Donations to the registered charity can be sent to: Holy Name of Mary Food Fund, 892 St. Mary’s Blvd, Windsor, ON, N8S 2T9.