photo credit: Le Foyer des Filles de Dieu
The girls of Haiti have always existed in threatened state, but never more than now. With their orphanages and other refuges destroyed, girls are at their most physically vulnerable.
In a country where rape only became a criminal offense in 2005, the current environmental crisis and humanitarian disaster will no doubt allow for crimes and victims that will never appear in the courts or the statistics. This earthquake has put a spotlight on a place with a long history of socio-economic troubles, deep-seeded government corruption and terrible human rights abuses, especially for girls and women.
As always, to survive and rebuild often falls to the women of a country, and organizations like MADRE are especially important to protect them.
So think of them and their children when you write your check.