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Amadeus North America marked the official opening yesterday of the Amadeus Orphanage in Haiti with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration. In partnership with the Great Commission Alliance (GCA), the Amadeus Orphanage in Mirebalais, Haiti, is designed to provide shelter, education, and services for up to 100 children ages 4 to 8.
“Amadeus North America embarked on this important mission following the earthquake that shattered the island nation in 2010. The devastating event, which left so many children as orphans with little hope for a future, had an undeniable impact on all of us at Amadeus, as well as our partners, and the travel community at large,” said Vic Pynn, Executive Vice President, Amadeus North America.
“Thanks to the commitment and hands-on efforts of our generous employees and customers who conducted fundraisers, competitions and other donor programs to raise funds, the Amadeus Orphanage in Haiti has now become a reality. It will provide these children with a chance at a bright future as well as the training and education they need to help transition into the real world.”
Thanks to a variety of employee and customer fundraising events, Amadeus said over $193,000 was raised to help build the orphanage. In addition, numerous Amadeus North America employees have volunteered in Haiti toward the building effort.
Many Amadeus customers and travel industry partners contributed to the project’s success. Platinum sponsors include: C&H Travel and Tours, American Express Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Merit Travel , MTS Travel Raptim Travel, and SkyLink. Gold sponsors include: Acquis, BCD Travel, G Adventures, Griffin Solutions, Iberia, OmegaWorld Travel, Palace Resorts, Premier Tours, RADIUS, and Uniworld River Cruises. Silver sponsors include: American Airlines, Cornerstone, Enterprise Hosting, and Ticketpilot.ca.
The Amadeus Orphanage is part of a larger project by GCA to bring sustainable recovery and growth to Haiti. GCA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization with international non-governmental organization (NGO) certification that has been dedicated to serving the people and country of Haiti since 2000.
“With an unmatched understanding of the culture of Haiti and an outstanding trackrecord in providing the Haitian people with much-needed aid, GCA has proved to be a great partner throughout this project. The organization has a finger on the country’s pulse, and helped us define our mission and realize our goals," said Pynn.
The costs of sustaining the orphanage will be made possible through a child sponsorship program. For more information about the Amadeus Orphanage at Mirebalais or to sponsor a child, visit www.gcanet.org/amadeus.