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Haiti orphans helped by Facebook campaign

BON REPOS, Haiti (BP) -- Wearing only an oversized T-shirt, Tiga does not know he is poor. What the child does know is that he is hungry -- so very hungry. Tiga lives in Bon Repos, Haiti, a place still shattered by last year's earthquake. The orphanage where Tiga lives, Actions Pour Les Enfants [French for "Action for the Children"], is home to 118 Haitian children like Tiga whose parents died or abandoned them because they were unable to provide even basic needs. Unfortunately, life in the orphanage is not much better than on the streets. Still reeling from the devastation of a powerful quake on Jan. 12, 2010, Haiti has entire villages living in tents and children starving on street corners. God, however, is using chickens to change this orphanage's future. "Chickens lay eggs; eggs feed orphans," said Amy Hobbs, a Southern Baptist volunteer from Macon, Ga. Those words have become a mantra, fueling a movement that seeks to save Haiti's forgotten. It was supposed to be a construction mission, Hobbs said. Instead, God led this wife of a pharmacist to assist a volunteer medical clinic at the Bon Repos orphanage where she met 60 starving children in March. The medical clinic was affiliated with the Baptist Global Response international relief and development organization.