The number of abandoned children in the hospital is heartbreaking.
Many people in Haiti face difficult living conditions, and parents sometimes abandon their children in hope we will find a better life for them.
Sometimes mothers don’t survive the birth, leaving behind their orphaned child.
Daan, a member of the MSF team in Port-au-Prince, with an orphaned child. Photo: Anna Bildeman / MSF.
We try to give them as much love as we can
We try to find a solution for these children as quickly as possible; searching for the other parent, relatives or setting up adoption.
Unfortunately, it is not easy, and right now we have two children with us, one who is just over two months old and another around six months old.
We try to give these abandoned children as much love we can - we carry them, cuddle them and sometimes they may tag along with us to meetings.