Band's Orphanage Site Destroyed in Haiti

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Haiti children at an orphanage established by a top Christian band are in critical need after three back-to-back hurricanes devastated the region.

Christian band Audio Adrenaline started the Hands and Feet Project in 2004 to build homes for orphans in Haiti. But the recent slew of hurricanes has left their "children's village" in Jacmel, Haiti without resources.

The band's non-profit group says Hurricane Gustav buried the orphanage in "four to five feet of mountain rock." None of the 48 children and staff at the site were injured, but they are now all living in one second story room.

"We are in need of much prayer and financial support right now," missionary Drex Stuart said. His son is Mark Stuart of Audio Adrenaline. "

Thank God all of our children and staff are safe...we are doing the best we can to begin the clean-up process," he added.

Stuart says most of the food, supplies and clothes at the village were destroyed by the storms. A neighboring Christian school was also damaged. Hands and Feet is now working on building a retaining wall that will benefit both the village and the school.

"Our property is about 50 feet wide, but we are also going to help our neighbors finish their walls, because otherwise ours will be ineffective," explained Joel Griffith, Hands & Feet project managing director.

"In total we will build a 200-foot retaining wall covering (the) school that has 850 kids, the homes and property of five neighboring families representing 50 people and our property housing 36 orphans and 12 staff," he said.

The group will need about $100,000 to $150,000 to build the wall and keep it up.

Mark Stuart, Audio Adrenaline's leading man, is asking not only for donations, but also prayer.

"Pray for Haiti," he said. "It's a place that really could use our help."

*Original post September 12, 2008.

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