Moving to Haiti

A local high school teacher and sheriff's deputy are uprooting their family and moving to Haiti to help earthquake victims.


A local family is giving up the comfort of their Temecula home and jobs and moving to Haiti to build an orphanage.

Carl and Krystal Fielstras are taking their three children, 7-year-old CJ, 4-year-old Trenton and 2-year-old Amelia, to Croix des Bouquets in June to work with the Children's Heritage Foundation, they said via email.

"Our entire lives, we have felt called to serve impoverished children of the world," Krystal Fielstras said.

The couple of 10 years has housed numerous foster children on an emergency basis through an agency called New Alternatives, but the Haiti trip will take their volunteerism to a new level.

"We have been provided with an amazing opportunity," she wrote of the trip. "We hope that by giving up a year of our lives for this worthy cause, we will be able to make a lasting difference."

The couple are taking an unpaid leave of absence from their jobs -- Carl is a sheriff's deputy at the Southwest Detention Center and Krystal is a teacher at -- and plan to rent out their home for their year-long trip.

The couple is seeking donations to help them pay for their flights and cost of living for the year. They are also looking for donations to fund the orphanage.

A donation can be made by clicking here. The family plans to keep a blog during the trip, which is available here.

Krystal Fielstra March 18, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Thank you Peter for publishing this article about us! One important thing that we would like to bring to Haiti is cloth for the Threads of Hope sewing project that the girls are working to make profitable. We would also love to have visitors while we are over there, anyone is welcome to come and help with the many rebuilding projects!
Mary Fielstra March 18, 2012 at 11:25 PM
We are very proud of our son, his wife and our 3 precious children. Mary and Carl Fielstra
john March 19, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Really? There are Americans you could be helping but you choose to go to Haiti. Good luck
Dog March 19, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I'm sure they'll fit right in...
Luanne Stanfield March 19, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I now live in Georgia and the Pastor if our church, Donnie Rogers and his wife were there, along with Bill and Lisa Adams. They will be there the week before Easter and a group usually goes onpver twice a year. I will see if I can find out more info.
Diane Strand March 19, 2012 at 02:38 PM
The Fielstra family are beautiful people - very proud to call them friends!! Wish you happiness and success. Those children are lucky to have you. All the best always!
anonymous March 19, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Really? A cop and special ed teacher have given their lives to help those in need here, and want to gove a year to help those with even less. You people should be ashamed of your cruel comments, but then again you would have to have half a brain and a soul, so...
john March 20, 2012 at 06:00 PM
They have been living that way for millions of years. Good luck changing the community
john March 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I'm sure the earthquake has done more good then harm. Look they have tents and food now!
susan March 20, 2012 at 10:36 PM
john, you are an idiot.
vorlos November 01, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Smart money is on rape, murder, robbery and/or infection. v


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