Sisters ready to help in Operation Pierre Pan

Sisters ready to help in Operation Pierre Pan Miami, Florida (USA) Just as they helped the exiled Cuban children in the 1960s, the Salesian Sisters are ready to work with the Archdiocese of Miami in their efforts to help Haitian children left orphaned following the 7.0 magnitude quake that destroyed the nation.
Sr. Phyllis Neves, provincial of St. Philip the Apostle province (SUA) explained that if the Sisters' application is approved, they would become involved in the Archdiocese's Operation Pierre Pan , an effort coordinated by Catholic Charities and modeled after the 1960s-era program Operación Pedro Pan in which 14,048 Cuban children who arrived to the US without their parents were housed with families in Florida after Cuba's communist revolution. Just like the two-year program, the Haitian children would live in temporary shelters in south Florida until foster homes are found, or they are reunited with family members.
Miami is home to approximately 300,000 Haitians, making it one of the biggest foreign communities in the city after the Cuban population.
Sr. Phyllis stressed that the project is still in a preliminary stage. The principal of Miami's Immaculata-LaSalle High School Sr. Pat Roche “is in dialog with Catholic Charities and has offered the youth center at LaSalle as a possible site for the children. Personnel in the province have been identified who could coordinate this program and provide the necessary care. At this point, we know nothing specific as the important step is to identify the children who are really orphaned. If we are accepted, we'd receive a group.” She added that Sr. Marie Adline Clergé, former provincial of Haiti who is currently in the US to study English, and 2 novices who know Creole are willing to help in this effort, as well as other Sisters and VIDES volunteers.
In addition to the community in Miami, Sr. Phyllis added that Mary Help of Christians School in N. Haledon (NJ), which once was a boarding school, could re-open its dormitory and create a home environment. She spoke with Sr. Kim Keraitis, principal of the school, who explained they could also offer the middle-school or High School children an education and a safe environment.
“ At this time,” Sr. Phyllis said, “we are waiting to hear from the diocese.”     

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28/01/2010 - sr.Mattarelli Enrichetta

Meravigliosa catena di amore di solidarietà e di sacrificio.Suscita o Dio Padre buono anime generose che sappiano farsi dono a quanti soffrono hanno perso tutto e tutti.La tua provvidenza che sorge sempre prima del sole li avvolga infondendo speranza e desiderio di rinascere ancora.


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