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The deadly earthquake in Haiti has orphaned thousands of children. Caretakers are working around the clock to tend to the the young survivors.


This orphanage in Tabarre, a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, is caring for 40 children. 50 more are expected to arrive shortly.

The orphanage used to be housed in a large building, but the quake rendered it unsafe.

Edith Salome, Orphanage Caretaker, said, "We are still having problems with finding food, medicines and diapers for the children. And we are a bit tight here, because before we had a big house. But the house collapsed. So now we are living in two small rooms as refugees."

The United Nations Children's Fund is prioritizing orphanages as they deliver water. 140 water trucks sent enough for more than 140-thousand people on Wednesday.

Julien Atchade, Water Specialist, UNICEF, said, "We are deploying our efforts to cover the entire city. We have some priority interventions - orphanages, health clinics, and a few other strategic points. And certainly the major encampments, where we have already 72 water distribution points."

It has also set up interim centers to house, feed and care for the 900 children who have found themselves alone in the midst of the disaster.

In the quake-zone, UNICEF is working to find children who are alone... and determine whether they are orphans or have become separated from family.

If they have relatives, they'll be reunited. International adoption will only be considered once all avenues are exhausted.

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