A Woodland High School junior killed in April is being honored in a way to bring that hope and healing to others. 17-year-old Amelia Harris Fisher died when the SUV she was riding in was hit by a box truck on Highway 34 in Cape Girardeau County. Fisher hoped one day to extend a helping hand to children living in sickness and poverty during a visit to Haiti, which her aunt, Becky Harding visited on several occasions for medical mission trips. Harding tells KZIM-KSIM she felt a playground for malnourished children in Haiti would be a fitting tribute to a girl who loved children and found it easy to connect to them. Harding hopes the family can one day see Amelia’s Playground project completed at Real Hope for Haiti, a missionary organization in Cazale, Haiti, that provides medical treatment for sick and malnourished children and families. Donations for Amelia’s Playground can be made online at realhopeforhaiti.org, or like them on facebook for details. Harding estimates a cost of 10 to 15-thousand dollars for the project total.
Members of Fisher's class at Woodland High School plan to donate to the playground fund during their 2013-2014 senior year. Harding is part of a larger group of are volunteers, including doctors, nurses and Christian missionary volunteers from local churches, who participate in organizing relief efforts and traveling to Haiti to offer their services. Recent surveys from organizations and agencies that monitor hunger in Haiti report that nearly a quarter of the country's children suffer from malnutrition and as many as 67 percent of Haiti's 10 million people go without food some days. The rescue center of Real Hope for Haiti takes in 70 to 80 children at a time and nurses them back to health and returns them to their families. Donations to the memorial playground fund for Amelia Fisher may also be mailed to The Limbaugh Firm, c/o John Harding, 407 N. Kingshighway, Suite 400, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.
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