The Hands & Feet Project, an orphanage located in Jacmel, Haiti, was started by the Grammy-winning band Audio Adrenaline and has recently suffered severe damage from hurricane Fay, Gustav and Hanna, which buried the children's village in several feet of rock that tumbled down from a nearby mountain.
The 48 children and staff were thankfully unharmed, but have been relegated to live in a one second story room until the children's village is reconstructed. "We had major damage to two of our children's houses and we lost most of our property walls, the foundation for our new cafeteria/kitchen. With the retaining wall and purchasing a backhoe to keep it up, we are looking at an estimated immediate need of $100,000- $150,000," says Joel Griffith, Hands & Feet project managing director based in Franklin, TN. "Although at this time we cannot handle supplies because of shipping costs, we are asking for monetary donations through our website, www.handsandfeetproject.org."
As hurricanes Ike and Josephina threaten Haiti yet again, frontman for Audio Adrenaline, Mark Stuart, urges people to help: "Pray for Haiti, it's a country that is often overlooked by the news channels when hurricanes happen because there are really no tourist areas. No reason to really pay attention, but it's a place that really could use our help."
Writer: Soul Shine Staff