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Tragedy Strikes Again

Tue, Jul 3, 2012

Featured, Kay Angel

Lia & Kids

It is with great sadness that I share the news that in the evening of June 28, Lia van de Donk, the beloved director of Kay Angel and surrogate mother to twelve orphans, passed away, suddenly and from unknown causes.

Still in shock, her brothers Wieb and Pieter, our friend Gala and myself are en route to Jacmel to attend Lia’s funeral on Wednesday, July 4th, a date befitting Lia’s independent spirit.

Lia’s passing leaves a giant hole in the lives of the children; of NJ, her husband of less than one year; of her family in Holland; of her friends in Haiti and beyond, and in the community of Jacmel.

Not much is known about the circumstances of Lia’s death.  According to her husband, she had been experiencing strong abdominal pains in the prior week.  Returning from an errand, NJ found her on the floor of her apartment and rushed her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

While no one can replace Lia as mother, anchor and advocate to “her” children, the search is on for the rare, right person to step into the role of caretaker,  administrator, construction supervisor, community advocate, manager of visitor and donor relations plus countless other functions.

Among our immediate goals for this trip are helping cushion the impact on the children, putting in place temporary management and starting the search for a successor.  I will report more news as they unfold.

Thank you for sharing our grief.

5 Responses to “Tragedy Strikes Again”

  1. Greg Bennick says:

    My friends…

    All of us at One Hundred For Haiti who either knew Lia personally or who worked with her are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of her passing.

    If there is ANYTHING we can do to help, please let us know: info AT onehundredforhaiti DOT org.

    greg

  2. Marie says:

    Hi,
    I met Lia in October when I was looking for an organization in which to volunteer. I was wowed and in awe of Lia’s spirit and heart. I hope her family and the Kay Angel family can help the children adjust during this difficult transition.

  3. Amy Walker says:

    What a tragedy! I am so sad to hear that this lovely, selfless person has left this world as we need more like her.Surely, if there is a heaven, that is Lia’s new home. My heart goes out to the children and her husband.

    The Walker Family

  4. Ole Geisselbrecht says:

    My deepest condolences to everybody standing close to Lia… Farewell Lia, you will stay in my mind as a giant inspiration and I hope your spirit will continue to protect this cause you devoted your heart to. I will try to continue with the small things I can do as I promised to you earlier this year. Bye. :(

  5. Brenda MacAlpine says:

    I was very fortunate to have met Lia twice while in Haiti with Healing Hands Team Canada. Within seconds of meeting her I believed she was an angel because of her strength, her selfless work and genuine love for these children. What an incredible loss to the planet to have her gone.
    My condolences to her family and most of all to the children of Kay Angel.
    Brenda MacAlpine

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