Orphanage in Haiti Catches Fire, 15 Children Killed

After a fire swept through an orphanage on the outskirts of the capital, 15 children died in Haiti. The cause for the fire was investigated, but sources citing staff and children use candles instead of electricity. The orphanage, owned by a Christian group from the United States, worked without official permission one hundred times in Haiti.

Officials are now helping and rehabilitating the children remaining. The Director of the Institute of Social Welfare, Arielle Jeanty Villedrouin said that at the time of the fire about 60 children were living in the non-licensed Orphanage of the Church of Bible Comprehension, Pennsylvania-based Church.

On Thursday afternoon, the fire started at the orphanage in the south of Port-au-Prince, the capital. Authorities state that in the light of smoke inhalation, two children lost life, and 13 others in the hospital. According to sources, on the night of the fire, children use candles as the building generator did not work. Area judge Jean Antoine said the orphanage is not authorizing to work since 2013 to AFP news agency Raymonde Jean Antoine. She said that it did not meet basic standards and characterized living conditions as “really, really overlooked.”

Orphanage Runs Without Authority

The Church of Bible Understanding says on its website it opened its first Haitian orphanage 40 years ago. The group said its “primary objective” was to “spread the Evangelium to anyone who receives it.” It hasn’t talked about the explosion yet.

So, according to the charity Lumos, it is started by the author JK Rowling. Also, aims to end the institutionalization of children. So, there are about 30,000 children living in over 760 orphanages. 15% of children live in the official orphanage. An approximate 80% of children residing in orphanages in Haiti have at least one living parent. After the 2010 earthquake Orphanages proliferated in Haiti. The fact is that children and living parents end up in orphanages. This is due to poverty and lack of access to healthcare and education.

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