Children Rising, Inc is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization founded on the increased need for a response to raise relief funds and awareness for children effected by disasters and poverty. Children Rising, Inc is composed of health care workers coming together for short-term mission trips to provide assistance to children and their families.
We welcome the opportunity for you to learn more about this organization and how you can support this cause.
The following is an article that was printed in the Jersey Journal about Children Rising and the Walkathon that was held in Bayonne, NJ in December 2010.
Thursday, November 11, 2010 By CHARLES HACKJOURNAL STAFF WRITER
A Bayonne occupational therapist visited Haiti in May and saw homeless children disabled from the earthquake struggling to survive without the care they needed.
Next month he will hold a walkathon to raise money so at least some will get that help.
Dr. William Pakos, 46, who operates the nonprofit Children Rising, Inc. from his Bayonne Pediatric Therapy Center, at 252 Broadway in Bayonne, describes the humanitarian crisis in the country after the January quake.
On landing at Port-au-Prince airport he met survivors, including amputees and trauma victims, living in tent cities and in the rubble of demolished buildings near raw sewage, destroyed schools and hospitals.
"If you see Haiti it is as if an atomic bomb had gone off," Pakos said.
He talked to women and children unable to sleep after losing friends and family and finding themselves victims of violence.
They had little or no access to rehabilitation services, said Pakos.
He found a general need for food, clothes medical supplies. Orphanages needed diapers and baby formula. Cholera had not set in, but the conditions set the stage for the health problems the country is facing now.
He visited tent cities and orphanages in Port-au-Prince, Léogane near the epicenter of quake, and the less devastated Jacmel in the south. The local drivers became narrators in a documentary he made on the road trip.
Children Rising's first major fundraiser of the year will be a walkathon around the perimeter of Stephen Gregg Park on Dec. 4 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. The money raised will go to projects in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
In the Dominican Republic, his organization plans to build a new school in December in Santiago, with an occupational therapy clinic and early intervention services.
His organization has received donations for Haiti, but much of the equipment is held in customs or has a heavy import tax place on it, he said. Children Rising is working with other humanitarian organizations to overcome the problems. Volunteers will accompany him to Haiti in January in hopes of delivering supplies....
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If you would like to schedule a viewing of the documentary that was filmed on location in Haiti by the volunteers of Children Rising in 2010, please notify us.
We would love to share this experience with your church, school or community organization.
Children Rising, Inc
Bayonne, NJ 07002