Blue Heaven — A Tony Baratta Film
On Tuesday, January 12th at 4:53 PM- one of the most devastating disasters in the Northern Hemisphere struck the nation of Haiti. The Earthquake shook the Port-au-Prince area to the core, with portions remaining permanently devastated. This documentary will highlight the missionary work of Barbara Walker, one woman with a big heart making a true difference in the lives of orphans and homeless women affected by this disaster and others. Through her orphanage, adoptions are coordinated as families from around the world come to bring these children home to their "forever families". Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011 visits and assists the orphanage as she tells the stories, describing the work Barb does and the difficulties that ensue in adoption. Also featured are testimonies from the medical and flight team that served during the aftermath of the Earthquake.
From Executive Producer Tony Baratta comes this heart felt story of a woman running as orphanage in Haiti during the tragic earthquake that took place in 2010. Featuring Teresa Scanlan Miss America 2011 and many others – tell this touching story of Haitian Children being adopted out to forever families.
Barbara Walker, the founder, has been working to provide basic needs to Haitians for over twenty-six years, and has facilitated the adoptions of over 1000 literally helpless children to the best loving homes possible. Reach Out to Haiti has also teamed up with Air Mobile Ministries to support disaster relief efforts throughout the world. From Pakistan to New Orleans, we have striven to deliver desperately needed supplies to people struggling to endure disasters which occur too frequently in this turbulent world. Barbara’s work includes operating Ruuska Village, a walled community in Bon Repos, Haiti , Maki Island and the Blue Escape which are all a safe haven and refuge for mothers and children fleeing dangerous environments.
Ruuska Village manages a medical clinic, basic supplies, a well and clean water, and round-the-clock power generated on-site through a generator and inverters. The village is surrounded with twelve-foot protective walls for the safety of residents, and has a small garden area to grow garden vegetables.
In addition to these facilities, there are twenty-five individual housing units, food and non-food supply depots, a small school, The Church of Viera on Maki Island, and of course a playground for the children. Thanks to the kindness of our donors, Reach Out to Haiti has also been able to provide local children, and some adults, with tuition assistance for schooling. Reach Out to Haiti houses children awaiting a family both at Ruuska Village and at other locations locally, and operates on volunteer power and by employing local mothers, which helps to provide them with both a modest income and introduction to safer child-care practices.
While we at Reach Out To Haiti focus primarily on facilitating adoptions, we are a Christian, faith-based group and are committed to showing God’s love, and in doing so we are active in providing assistance to Haiti’s extremely impoverished communities by distributing donations of:
- Clothing (suitable for the hot, humid Haitian climate)
- Non-perishable food
- Medical supplies
- Medical assistance
- School supplies
- School uniforms
- A daily meal for school aged children of orphanages and poor families
- Baby care items
These are just a few of the many common items which are so desperately needed in Haiti. There are many other donations which can do just as much good. These efforts are made possible by the generous contributions and support from caring people from all over the world, like you. We members of the Reach Out to Haiti community thank you for your generous contribution to solving the problems not just of a struggling nation, but of an individual child in need. No meal, no pair of shoes or even laces, no single drink of water, no life-preserving vaccination, no moment spent caring for those in need, is taken for granted.
Looking To Adopt?
To everyone who has called or emailed us with questions about initiating a new adoption, we thank you for your interest and desire to help the children of Haiti.
Sadly, Reach Out to Haiti has been informed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services that we cannot arrange or facilitate adoptions unless and until we are approved to do so by the State of New York, which is still in process. Because of this directive from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Reach Out to Haiti will not accept any applications or carry out any adoption-related activities until approved to do so by the State of New York. We will keep you informed on our progress in obtaining New York State approval.
Please continue to pray for the restoration and rebuilding efforts in Haiti. We appreciate your kind concern and willingness to help.