A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Tom Murphy, President & Founder
Child Hope Worldwide, Inc.
All children have a basic need for parental love and care.
It was in 2006 when I saw a newsletter from an orphanage in Port au Prince, Haiti, featuring the story and picture of a Haitian boy that moved me to the core of my being. After reading a descriptive account of the plight of innocent children abandoned on the street, I couldn’t imagine what it must be like to have no one who loves and cares for you at such a young age.
I spoke to my wife, Pat, about the young Haitian boy from the newsletter who found loving care at an orphanage in Port au Prince and my sorrow to learn of the hundreds of children who
remain alone wandering the dangerous streets of Port au Prince.
Soon, in 2007, Pat and I were on our way to Port au Prince, Haiti to visit the orphanage. Driving through the center of the city we could not believe what we were witnessing. Chaos and poverty abounded with crowded filthy streets lined with Haitians selling anything they could possibly sell. Young children, dirty, dressed in torn soiled clothing, swarmed around our car begging.
As we arrived at the orphanage we were greeted by joyful, well-dressed children. The contrast between those kids from the streets and these happy children from the orphanage remains indelibly on my mind.
There was an instant bond between the orphanage founders and us. One of the highlights while at the orphanage was participating with the kids in daily prayer before school and hearing them sing songs of thanksgiving in Creole.
While we were staying in Haiti and interacting at the orphanage, we became close to three boys, James, Alex and JoJo who were aging out of the home. At the time there were no programs to equip these boys with job skills or a place to live during the transition. We decided to pursue adoption, however, we learned that it was practically impossible to bring children out of Haiti except for a student visa. We learned the boys could come provided we had the means to take care of them and they were enrolled in a school approved by the US State Department. I began to research schools and found one that the embassy approved. Soon, James, Alex and JoJo were boarding a flight with us to New York and that evening the five of us stood in front of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The following day, at our home in Pennsylvania, it snowed, a first for these boys.
As of this writing, our boys all have made fulfilling lives for themselves. They have families of their own and good jobs. My wife, Pat, went to be with the lord in 2018. Since then, I have joined arms in partnership with Fritz and Magalie Desir, the founders of Family Care Haiti Orphanage, and created the nonprofit, Child Hope Worldwide for their support. The three of us are linked in a united cause to protect as many children as we can from being trafficked and give to these youth a loving, safe place to grow. Our goal is to equip children with a secure home environment, education, job skills and the hope of a bright future.
Please consider joining us in giving at-risk, homeless children, a safe place to grow and a future full of hope. Thank you!
C. Thomas Murphy, President
Child Hope Worldwide Inc