Remember The Children has been working hard but needs help in supporting a struggling Haiti.
By Brian W. Carter, Sentinel Staff Writer
The 2010 earthquake devastated the country of Haiti earlier this year. The disaster left hundreds of thousands of people homeless, injured and dead. Many countries from all over the world have gone to support the country in its time of need. Although many noble efforts have been made, there is still massive suffering occurring every day.
"Remember the children is born from our love story," says Claude Pressoir. She met her husband, Bob Pressoir, a community figure in Chicago, in the process of finding help to transport goods to Haiti. "I started receiving the donations, and together we put the organization together."
Remember The Children (RTC) is a non-profit organization established in June 2003. Founded by Apostle Claude Joseph Pressoir and her husband Bob Pressoir, RTCs mission was to provide aid and assistance to a the struggling country.
RTC became associated with multiple churches and grassroots organizations in the United States and Haiti. They are able to ship clothes, food and medicine to community centers, hospitals, orphanages and other places. They started a Cafeteria Pilot Children's program in Zamor, Haiti for 600 kids.
"We fed them one hot meal a day," said Claude Pressoir. "We did that for three years." RTC continued to assist with aiding parts of Haiti after natural disasters, and to helping with everyday community needs.
Since the 2010 earthquake, RTC is working even harder to gather support from anyone willing to help the victims in Haiti. Bob Pressoir appealed to the Ghanian government to help with relief after the devastation. They were able to secure medical assistance from the government of Ghana. They also got help from the community.
"What my husband did, he called upon the little people, whosoever had the 'top-top', the little trucks," said Claude Pressoir. "The common people, the mass people...we called upon neighbors that has 4x4's or cars. We got them with the doctors, with the nurses, with the volunteers, with the food, with the medicine and we went to those different areas.
Bob Pressoir recounts visiting Haiti recently and seeing how much work still needs to be done. "I [made] a decision to go and help out...because I saw the work was so slow," said Bob Pressoir. "All these big organizations are in Haiti, they couldn't coordinated anything. They were going around and around and nothing [was] being done." Bob Pressoir stressed that the slums weren't being visited or helped by relief.
"With Remember The Children, with our work, we went everywhere," said Bob Pressoir. "Now we're always asking people to come to Haiti and visit Haiti. The reason I'm telling them that because what's going on in Haiti is not right." Bob Pressoir spoke of people still being trapped under debris and buildings, lack of resources and rampant crimes.
Claude Pressoir commends the Haitian government as well as the world's nations, governments and organizations for their effort to help Haiti, but she's asking for more communication. "They're working on rebuilding but one of our concerns is that they need to be more available. Every organization in Haiti, even the smallest, needs to know to reach them. They need to be more open, so the majority of grass-root organizations tap into the resources," said Claude Pressoir.
"We have been doing a tremendous work...and everything we've done from 2003 to now has been free of charge," said Claude Pressoir. "We have never charged a dime. We need support so we can reach the over 700,000 children in the inner city where we are. We are the only such organization in the inner city of Port Au Prince."
Up until this point, Claude Pressoir states that RTC has "been going by faith." RTC needs the support of the politicians, local officials, and the community to help their fight to save lives.
For more information about Remember The Children, you can visit at www.haitirememberthechildren.org.