Haiti Earthquake Anniversary Has Special Meaning For New Bern Family

The anniversary of the devastating earth quake in Haiti is next week. For one family in New Bern it's a day they will never forget because of the blessing that came to them out of that tragedy.

Pat and Debbie Beck were in the process of adopting 3 girls from a Haitian orphanage when the ground shook. It took over 24 hours and about 100 phone calls for the Becks to confirm their daughters were safe. Luckily all the children in that orphanage survived the earthquake.

The twins Esperanta and Esperancia , who are celebrated their 7th birthday Wednesday, and their older adopted sister Ethecie Were brought to America to be with their family shortly after the earthquake, but it's a day they'll never forget.

"Our oldest has very vivid memories of it. She remembers kids running out of the building and thankfully all the kids made it, but you know it's a lot to remember for that age group," said Debbie Beck.

The Becks say the girls are adjusting very well to their new culture, language, and family.


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  • by Florida Location: Florida on Jan 12, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    Wonderful to see families reaching out to others, especially kids! Maybe the country is still struggling, but their actions made a huge difference to the girls, and their whole world. thanks WITN for posting a bit of good news!
  • by V on Jan 6, 2011 at 02:20 AM
    Good to hear they are adjusting well to their new culture LANGUAGE and family.Its been over two hundred years and millions still cant get any of this right.
  • by Get What You Deserve on Jan 5, 2011 at 08:43 PM
    Some people just have no brains.
  • by Aunt Ellen Location: New Bern, NC on Jan 5, 2011 at 08:27 PM
    Definitely NOT old news!!! It's a story that is unfolding every day about how 3 girls from Haiti's lives have changed for the better! To see them in Haiti and see them now is a true miracle! They are experiencing a better life - what a joy to watch these children grow!
  • by Stanley Location: Washington on Jan 5, 2011 at 07:44 PM
    HAITI INTERIM RECONSTRUCTION COMMISSION: HAITIAN MEMBERS EXPRESS OUTRAGE WITH FOREIGN COUNTERPARTS By Stanley Lucas: http://solutionshaiti.blogspot.com/2011/01/haiti-interim-reconstruction-commission.html
  • by WHO CARES Location: WHO CARES on Jan 5, 2011 at 07:24 PM
    WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT THIS, OLD NEWS...
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