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4 Take-Aways from an Ugly Story

The Times of London recently released an article I’d consider essential reading for any person desiring to engage deep needs in our world’s most broken places. “How the Global Aid Industry Lost Its Way” builds on reports of severe and widespread sexual abuse by foreign aid workers in Haiti. Those entrusted with protection and restoration […]


Lumos Report on Orphanages in Haiti

Lumos – an organization founded by author JK Rowling to advocate against institutional care and for family-based care for children – released an important report today on orphanages in Haiti. The report, titled “Funding Haiti’s Orphanages at the Cost of Children’s Rights,” documents a number of highly significant findings. These include: Immense private giving. International […]


Windows Into Haiti

This week’s news overflows with images of damage wrought by Hurricane Matthew – both across the Caribbean and in the southeastern U.S.   No doubt, the cameras will soon move on to other crises. But the work of short-term relief and long-term recovery is just starting. Many CAFO member organizations have been serving in Haiti for […]


Things Get Messy When We Get Close to the World’s Hurt

Here’s the simple truth:  if we get involved with caring for hurting people, we’ll end up in messy situations.  Life becomes complex.  We’ll face decisions that have no obvious answers, perhaps no good answers at all.  So if you want to keep things neat and tidy, you’d best steer clear of orphans and adoption and […]


CCAI Report on Haiti

Our friends at the Congressional Coalition for Adoption Institute (CCAI) on Wednesday released, Renewed Promise: The Welfare of Children in Haiti. This report highlights lessons learned from the emergency relief and recovery efforts that have taken place this past year, and focuses federal policymakers on the needs that continue to exist related to orphaned and […]


Join to Pray for Haiti on Your Time

Yesterday’s virtual prayer gathering on the anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake was deeply meaningful.  Scott Vair did a tremendous job planning it, with an array of church and organization leaders highlighting Scripture and then praying for specific issues and needs. We prayed fervently and in unity.   The requests—comfort for the mourning, strength and skill for […]