Montgomery connection to earthquake-torn Haiti

Michelle Browder
Michelle Browder

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Michelle Browder can't get it out of her mind; images pouring in from Haiti where a massive earthquake struck, powerful enough to register at least a 7 on the Richter Scale.

"I am devastated," said Browder.

Browder can only wonder if anyone in the Faith Crusade Orphanage survived.  Browder's Montgomery Rescue Mission started Faith 5 years ago. A recent photograph shows more than 100 children crowded around Bishop Andre Louinord. No phone calls, no emails.. nothing but silence so far.

"We've been calling since last night," Browder said.

Antonia Osburne is a minister for Montgomery Rescue Mission. She traveled to Haiti for the first time in 2005 and was overwhelmed by the poverty, extreme poverty and now a massive quake.. unthinkable.

"I remember how horrible it was for them back then. I can't imagine this," said Osburne.

"Many of the kids there eat mud pies," said Browder.

The parents of the children were either killed in civil unrest or simply unwanted.

Michelle Browder says the orphanage itself is a one-story building and flat, similar in size to the Montgomery Rescue Mission's Bargain Center on Mount Meigs Road, but with one key difference.

"They have poor building codes even though the orphanage is built with bricks," said Browder.

Instead of losing hope, the rescue mission is filling one trailer and soon another with donated food and clothes. All this for the children at the orphanage.

"We're going to go down and see the devastation and see what we can do," Browder said.

From Montgomery to Haiti, help is on the way. Meantime, Browder and Osburne continue to hope and wait for that all-important phone call from the Bishop.

As of this writing, nothing yet.

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