Aspen couple launches disaster relief for Haiti
ASPEN – An Aspen couple spent Tuesday feverishly trying to assess how a massive earthquake in Haiti affected the orphans under their foundation’s care.
Joe and Susie Krabacher are the founders and directors of the Mercy and Sharing Foundation, which operates orphanages, a special unit in a public hospital, schools, and a private hospital and clinic in Haiti.
Joe Krabacher said Tuesday night that no kids were injured in either orphanage operated by the foundation, but one staff member suffered two broken legs when a wall collapsed. At least one of the facilities suffered major structural damage, he said.
The Krabachers were still seeking news about the fate of one of the schools their foundation supports and a clinic and a special unit for abandoned babies in a public hospital. A campus their foundation worked on for 31⁄2 years was apparently not damaged and the kids weren’t hurt, Krabacher said. There was going to be a big grand opening celebration for that facility, the Williamson Campus, on Jan. 19.
Susie Krabacher already had a flight booked for Haiti on Friday for the dedication and she will attempt to fly there sooner, Joe Krabacher said. He was scheduled to fly there on Sunday, but his plans are up in the air.
The Mercy and Sharing Foundation is focusing on disaster relief.
“We are working on organizing large donations of food, water and other supplies, and we are working to re-establish logistics available on the ground in Haiti,” Joe Krabacher wrote on the foundation’s Facebook page. “Above all, pray for the people of Haiti, the children in particular, and those who cannot take care of themselves and need your help.”
Donations for the disaster relief can be made by following the link at http://www.haitichildren.com/donation.
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