The Roloffs of TLC's Little People Big World Visit Haiti
On June 28, 2010, Amy Roloff, star of TLC’s hit show Little People Big World
and celebrated author, traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with sons Zach and Jeremy, and the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation in order to visit areas devastated by the January 2010 earthquake and provide aid to the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos/Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs (NPH/NPFS, Spanish and French for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) orphanage, pediatric hospital, and outreach programs. They were accompanied by Jennifer Rayno and Alina Fleury of Friends of the Orphans and brought vital relief items, including diapers, hygiene products, blankets and shirts, that had been donated by 7th Generation Cleaning Products, Nike and many other supporters.
Prior to the visit, Amy stated, “This trip will not only create fond memories, but also make a difference in the lives of the one million plus unaccompanied children living in Haiti.”
“Friends of the Orphans is especially grateful to the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation for all they are doing for the children of NPH/NPFS in Haiti,” said Jennifer Rayno, Director of the Haiti Initiative
for Friends of the Orphans. “Our work focuses on transforming the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children in need, and since the January 12 earthquake, our challenges are as great as ever."
She continued, “With the help of the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, we can call even greater attention to the plight of the children and how supporters can make a big difference in their lives.”
Pilot Gary Eng donated his 10-passenger Citation Jet, and flew the team from Labadee, Haiti, to Port-au-Prince. Upon landing, the group visited St. Damien’s, a 120-bed free pediatric hospital in Tabarre and its accompanying special needs facility and school—all operated by the NPH organization and its American fundraising arm, Friends of the Orphans. In addition, the team visited the Fr. Wasson Angels of Light (FWAL) program
, which serves almost 2,000 children daily at the onsite day camp next to St. Damien’s. Through the FWAL program, NPH/NPFS and Friends of the Orphans staff and volunteers ensure that vulnerable, orphaned and displaced children receive the food and medical care they need and participate in various recreational activities.
"It was an amazing visit," said the Roloffs. "The children were beautiful. The staff was unbelievable. Under such difficult circumstances, this is a place from heaven."