Though we may not feel the waves of the tsunami that hit nearly all parts of the Pacific Rim Thursday night and into Friday morning, the effect of the record 8.9 earthquake in Japan that caused it can be felt locally.
The adoption of a Haitian girl who was rescued by her adoptive parents from Port-au-Prince, Haiti just days after this January’s devastating earthquake was recognized with a ceremony this past Wednesday.
An adoption ceremony was held Wednesday morning in Knoxville for the Haitian daughter of a Pella couple who was rescued from Haiti in the days following the deadly earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince in January.
A week after a series of earthquakes devastated Port-au-Prince, five Haitian children finally found themselves in the arms of their adoptive parents last Tuesday night at the Pella Municipal Airport.
A whirlwind seven-day span for the adopted children of three Pella families came to an emotional and exciting climax Tuesday night, ending with the five Haitian orphans getting to sleep in their new homes for the first time.
Three families in Pella are breathing a little easier after learning that children they are adopting from an orphanage in Haiti are uninjured following last week’s deadly earthquake; but the children’s struggles aren’t over.