Haiti Earthquake Devastates Lives of Orphans, Unwanted Children

"I'm sure food will be rationed off pretty severely," he said. "It's a dire situtation."

Orphanage Leaders Desperate for Information, Consumed With Worry

After the earthquake, the H.O.P.E. children slept outside on the lawn of the medical clinic. It's where they will stay, Clark said, until CSI Ministries can arrange for structural engineers to inspect the clinic to determine whether it's safe to move the children in the the few upstairs apartments where missionaries currently live.

Several other orphanage operators posted memos on their Web site, telling supporters and worried relatives that they were safe. A report from God's Littlest Angels outside Port-au-Prince noted that the earthquake knocked the children to the floor.

The children there, even the infants, are sleeping in the driveway. "Shook up a little, but OK!" they reported.

It's that kind of news that Charlucie Jaboin is desperate for. President of the Reveil Matinal Orphanage Foundation, which houses 19 girls in Port-au-Prince, Jaboin had received no word about her children nearly 24 hours after the earthquake struck.

"This is very hard for me to say," she told ABCNews.com from her office in Queens, N.Y. "I don't know what to do."

Jaboin's concerns were further piqued after learning that the orphanage's landlord, who is visiting the United States, made brief contact with his sister and learned that his house, located within walking distance to the girls' home, had partially collapsed. The connection went dead, she said, before he was able to ask about the children.

Jaboin said she has been making calls, trying to find anyone with a connection to Haiti who can check on the girls she considers her children, and the staff of five. She's already planning to contact the Red Cross in the United States for help in getting food and water to them.

The RMOF girls normally eat a lot of rice and beans along with corn meal, milk and whatever local produce they can buy. Now, she said, they will take whatever they can get.

Like Clark, she worries about what will come next, not only for her children, but for the others sure to need help.

"Where are we going from there?" she asked. "These children, they are needy children. And if anything happens to their owners, what will happen to them."

Jaboin, who was raised in Haiti and moved to the United States in 1974, said orphanages in Haiti are unlike those in many other countries. The children, she said, are very rarely adopted. Their caregivers love their children as their own, knowing they will never have families to come pick them up.

"We may have to take some more, but we don't know," she said. "Space is limited."

For all the children who have found homes in orphanages, there are many still left on the street. On a good day, Jaboin said, "They eat whatever they can get. Or they spend the day without food."

On a bad day, they beg. "God knows" what will happen to those children now, she said.

Somebody will need to thelp them, she said, "if God permits them to live."

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Julie Manfred, a volunteer with HIS Home for Children in Port-au-Prince, said they have already begun making arrangements for the 125 children under their care.

She was briefly able to contact the orphanage director before the phone lines went down and learned that all of the children were safe.

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