Special to The Hays Daily News

The January earthquake that devastated significant parts of Haiti has resulted in flattened buildings, crumbled infrastructure and significant loss of life. From Hays, individuals watched with disbelief and horror as the situation unfolded.

Three months after the earthquake, the rainy season has arrived and rescue efforts have shifted to address the growing humanitarian crisis. Due to the unsanitary living conditions, lack of access to clean water, thousands of homeless families and orphaned children, the need in Haiti is as great now as it was Jan. 12.

While there are multiple connections between Hays and Haiti, one of the newest is for Jake and Amy Glover, who have welcomed three children from Haiti into their home since the earthquake and are in the process of adopting them.

The children's adoptions have been facilitated through Maison des Enfants de Dieu orphanage in Port au Prince, Haiti, and the Denver-based agency Chinese Children Adoption International.

Pierre Alexis, director of the Maison orphanage, will be spending next week in Hays to speak to Fort Hays State University classes, local leaders, church groups and the general public about life in Haiti, pre- and post-earthquake.

Alexis has been active in orphan care for nearly a decade. In his role as director, he is responsible for the ongoing care of the 60 to 120 children living at the orphanage. Alexis manages a staff of caregivers and support personnel that operate at the home around the clock.

Alexis is also on the board of For His Glory Adoption Outreach, the Texas-based organization that funds and oversees Maison, and been a pastor at Eglise Baptiste Du Cote Brilliant since 2002.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Alexis will offer a presentation to the general public at St. Michael Episcopal Church, 29th and Canal. He will be discussing issues related to poverty, health care, education and adoption.

In addition, he will focus on the role Christian ministries are playing in Haiti. The session is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

At 6:30 p.m. April 30, Alexis will be joined by a panel of Hays-area families who have adopted children internationally. The panel will lead a discussion about the benefits and challenges of international adoption.

Additionally, Judy Winger, director of adoptions for CCAI, will be available to answer technical questions related to international adoption.

This session will also take place at St. Michael. Free childcare will be provided, although donations will be accepted.

For more information, contact Jake Glover at (785) 628-5721, or jiglover@fhsu.edu or Casey Rohleder at (785) 259-4672 or casey rohleder@yahoo.com.