Haitian orphans find new home in St. Bernard

Posted by Christi Reynard email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - After a roller coaster 15 days, a St. Bernard family is very excited about welcoming its two newest members and helping them come to love the community, the city and their new home country.

Before the devastating January 12th earthquake, Chris and Lauri Pramuk had been in the process of adopting 6-year-old Sophia Luc, and 1-year-old David Valdeus from an orphanage in Port-au-Prince.  They were scheduled to get the children from Haiti in early February.

The quake shook more than the island nation, it's tremors were felt in the Pramuk home.

Immediately people from Xavier University, Nativity Church and School, and friends stepped in to make contact and facilitate getting Sophia and David from that orphanage to the loving home of Chris, Lauri, son Isaiah and daughter Grace.

The new family members arrived on a flight to CVG Thursday.

Chris Pramuk is an assistant professor in Xavier's department of theology.  Lauri is a pediatrician.

For the St. Bernard couple, getting their children home took a village.  Many at Xavier, in government relations, university relations, community relations, faculty and ministry, as well as alumni, stepped forward to help in whatever way they could.  US Rep. Steve Driehaus (OH-1) was instrumental in helping with getting the children evacuated from Haiti.

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