• 100217-N-6214F-062 CAP HAITIEN, Haiti (Feb. 17, 2010) Construction Electrician 2nd Class (EXW) Andy Kauffold, of Naval Special Warfare Logistical Support Unit Two, Norfolk, Va., gathers wires that he will use to install an electrical outlet for an improvement project at an orphanage in the city of Cap Haitien. The United States and other international military and civilian aid agencies are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response in the aftermath of the earthquake. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communications Specialist Robert J. Fluegel/Released)"

    Seabees provide electricity to Cap-Haitien orphanage

    100217-N-6214F-062 CAP HAITIEN, Haiti (Feb. 17, 2010) Construction Electrician 2nd Class (EXW) Andy Kauffold, of Naval Special Warfare Logistical Support Unit Two, Norfolk, Va., gathers wires that he will use to install an electrical outlet for an...

  • 100217-N-6214F-059 CAP HAITIEN, Haiti (Feb. 17, 2010) Construction Electrician 1st Class (EXW/SCW) Phillip Brown, of Naval Special Warfare Logistical Support Unit Two, Norfolk, Va., cleans out an electrical box so it can be wired for an improvement project at a local orphanage in the city of Cap Haitien. The United States and other international military and civilian aid agencies are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response in the aftermath of the earthquake. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communications Specialist Robert J. Fluegel/Released)"

    Seabees provide electricity to Cap-Haitien orphanage

    100217-N-6214F-059 CAP HAITIEN, Haiti (Feb. 17, 2010) Construction Electrician 1st Class (EXW/SCW) Phillip Brown, of Naval Special Warfare Logistical Support Unit Two, Norfolk, Va., cleans out an electrical box so it can be wired for an improvement...

  • 100217-N-6214F-047 CAP HAITIEN, Haiti (Feb. 17, 2010) Construction Electrician 2nd Class (EXW) Andy Kauffold, a member of Naval Special Warfare Logistical Support Unit Two, Norfolk, Va., reviews supplies ordered for an improvement project at a local orphanage in the city of Cap Haitien. The United States and other international military and civilian aid agencies are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response in the aftermath of the earthquake. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communications Specialist Robert J. Fluegel/Released)"

    Seabees provide electricity to Cap-Haitien orphanage

    100217-N-6214F-047 CAP HAITIEN, Haiti (Feb. 17, 2010) Construction Electrician 2nd Class (EXW) Andy Kauffold, a member of Naval Special Warfare Logistical Support Unit Two, Norfolk, Va., reviews supplies ordered for an improvement project at a local...

  • 100217-N-6214F-046 CAP HAITIEN, Haiti (Feb. 17, 2010) Construction Electrician 2nd Class (EXW) Andy Kauffold and Construction Electrician 1st Class (EXW/SCW) Phillip Brown, both from Naval Special Warfare Logistical Support Unit Two, Norfolk, Va., gather supplies ordered for an improvement project at a local orphanage in the city of Cap Haitien.  The United States and other international military and civilian aid agencies are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response in the aftermath of the earthquake. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communications Specialist Robert J. Fluegel/Released)"

    Seabees provide electricity to Cap-Haitien orphanage

    100217-N-6214F-046 CAP HAITIEN, Haiti (Feb. 17, 2010) Construction Electrician 2nd Class (EXW) Andy Kauffold and Construction Electrician 1st Class (EXW/SCW) Phillip Brown, both from Naval Special Warfare Logistical Support Unit Two, Norfolk, Va...

  • 100217-N-6214F-012 CAP HAITIEN, Haiti (Feb. 17, 2010) Construction Electrician 2nd Class (EXW) Andy Kauffold, a member of Naval Special Warfare Logistical Support Unit Two, Norfolk, Va., walks down the aisle of a local hardware store in Cap Haitien looking for electrical parts he needs for an improvement project at a local orphanage.  The United States and other international military and civilian aid agencies are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response in the aftermath of the earthquake. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communications Specialist Robert J. Fluegel/Released)"

    Seabees provide electricity to Cap-Haitien orphanage

    100217-N-6214F-012 CAP HAITIEN, Haiti (Feb. 17, 2010) Construction Electrician 2nd Class (EXW) Andy Kauffold, a member of Naval Special Warfare Logistical Support Unit Two, Norfolk, Va., walks down the aisle of a local hardware store in Cap Haitien...

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti-Two Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Logistics and Support Unit brought much needed lights and electricity to a new orphanage in the northern city of Cap-Haitien, Feb. 19.

Construction Electrician 1st Class Phillip Brown and Construction Electrician 2nd Class Andy Kauffold worked for five days on an electrical project that brought lights and electrical outlets to the orphanage, which provides shelter for displaced children after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Port-au-Prince Jan. 12.

"Being able to provide electricity to these kids was a rewarding experience," Kauffold said. "I will remember my time here for the rest of my life."

The Eternal Hope in Haiti Foundation runs three orphanages that help critically ill, displaced and homeless children.

"The support of the military, specifically the Seabees dedicated to the orphanage, has been instrumental in ensuring we can provide a loving, nurturing home for many children displaced as a result of the earthquake in Port-au-Prince," said Angie Haynes, Eternal Hope in Haiti Foundation vice president.

Haynes is also a nurse practitioner who has volunteered her time at local clinics for the past 25 years in Cap-Haitien.

Prior to the Seabee's project, the construction site for the orphanage was not fully prepared to accept abandoned or recovering children from Port-au-Prince.

Now the site includes access to water and electricity, and the orphanage has electrical outlets and lights for the children.

Brown said that helping out the orphanage and the children was a rewarding experience for the Seabees.

"It was good to see the smiles on the children's faces when the lights came on," Brown said. "We're here to help in whatever way is needed. It feels good to help."

In addition to providing electricity to the building that houses the children, the Seabees also ran underground wire to other buildings that will be used as a medical clinic and a kitchen.

As a result, the orphanage has now accepted approximately 20 children from Port-au-Prince and is awaiting another 32 children who are recovering post-operation patients at the Milot hospital.

Even more children are being identified daily and placed in the orphanage.

"We are truly grateful and humbled to have enjoyed the support of the U.S. military," Haynes said.

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