On a trip to Haiti in May 2012 (I was volunteering as a midwife for three weeks in a birth center), I had a serendipitous encounter with a Haitian humanitarian who shared his vision of an orphanage with me. This kind man had been looking after a group of orphans since the 2010 earthquake. On his own, he had been providing these abandoned kids with a place to go for afternoon activities.
These children had either lost their parents in the earthquake or from disease during the aftermath, and were lucky if they had one small meal a day, clothes to wear or a piece of cloth to sleep on. Since then, this man had struggled to keep them off the streets and give them any resources that he could.
As I was told story after story of the desperate situation at hand, I realized I had been given a life-changing opportunity. I knew I had two choices; either I could return home simply thankful for my experience in Haiti, or I could take a leap of faith and help this man fulfill his vision. In that moment of truth I knew my answer…at the very least I had to try.
As a mother, wife, midwife, yoga teacher, and friend who has been fortunate to have an abundant life…how could I walk away from this situation where I knew I could make a difference? How could I abandon these children who have nothing and no one? Would you?
And so I started Devoted to Children.
~ Kristin O'Connell, Founder