Haiti

Clayton woman, 82, visits Haiti 58 times in three decades

Posted January 15, 2013

— At the Ryan Epps Home for Children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the arrival of an 82-year-old Clayton woman is met with excitement and hope.

Helen Little, who touched down in Haiti last week for the 58th time in 26 years, says the children are always happy to see her.

"I'm grandmommy to them," she says. "These children just give you so much love."

Little, her church and others raised money to build the children's home in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in January 2010 that killed thousands of people.

Helen Little, Woman finds second family in Haiti

She was in the island nation when the earthquake struck. Despite the devastation that followed, her faith never wavered.

"I knew I was in a place where God wanted me to be to do work," she says. "If you look in those children's faces, you know that a difference has been made."

Visiting the children three years after the quake, Little is touched by their stories. In the wake of great loss, Little says the love at Ryan Epps Home gives children hope for the future.

"Life is much better than it used to be," she says. "These are my children."

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  • Uhavenoclu Jan 16, 1:54 p.m.

    I visited the supermarket 5 times today..............Stop visiting other countries to help ,help your own instead.

  • baldchip Jan 16, 11:00 a.m.

    Yes Romneycare-Ms Helen goes quite often. And those wonderful children have a party every time she gets there.

    When you go to ther Ryan Epps Home from here, you are allowed 1 suitcase. Because, Ms. Helen has a second suitcase for you to take full of clothes, frilly dresses, and other stuff for those children.

    AS someone said, she has a reserved seat in heaven!! Yet, she is not finished yet in her service to the Lord!!

    God bless you Ms. Helen!!

  • romneycare Jan 16, 9:24 a.m.

    According to this as of March 2011 http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/travel/video/9275141/#/vid9275141 ... she has visited Haiti 51 times... so shes been back 7 times in a little under 2 years! What a thoughtful lady!

  • superman Jan 16, 9:08 a.m.

    It is heartwarming to see people in this country that seem to find places around the world to help when there is nothing they can do in their own country to help.

  • Missy93 Jan 16, 8:53 a.m.

    What a wonderful, warm-hearted woman !

  • sunnyside Jan 16, 8:52 a.m.

    Just a note of correction - the Ryan Epps home was built well before the earthquake. It was damaged by the quake and money was raised to repair it. Helen's church is Horne Memorial Methodist in Clayton. Helen has been single-mindedly devoted to improving life in Haiti for decades. If there is a heaven there is a place there for her.

  • westernwake1 Jan 15, 7:03 p.m.

    Well good for Helen Little. A positive contribution in helping the chidren of Haiti.