2016 — Light of Hope Gala

2016---Light-of-Hope

Pennies for Haiti invites you to the Annual “Light of Hope Gala” on March 5, 2016 at the St. Petersburg Country Club in St. Petersburg, FL. Don’t forget there will be a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the House of Hope project dedicated to caring for underprivileged children.

House of Hope’ is officially expanding to Cap-Haitian, where we will be restoring a home for the 50 children living in the orphanage. We are raising funds to ensure we are able to feed them two meals a day. The budget for the year is $18,000.

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Our 6th Anniversary!!!

6th AnniversaryIt is our sixth anniversary and we are very proud of what we have achieved so far in the lives of the children involved in our projects. These children are a blessing, having changed our lives, and the glory is for God who chose us for what we have been called to accomplish in Haiti. We started the ‘Feeding Haiti’s Children’ project in 2011, in order to assist a school in Petit-Place-Cazeau. A fundraiser was held, enabling us to hire a chef and two sous-chefs, who prepared and served the donated food which the school had received. We also started the ‘Teach a Woman to Fish’ project, allowing us to assist a cobbler and a web designer to return to their craft, as they had lost everything in the earthquake. In 2012, we started the ‘House of Hope’ project; dedicated to helping orphanages in need. After its implementation, we were eventually contacted to assist a failing orphanage at that time, and we immediately started sending food to feed the children. We later coordinated with ‘Food for the Poor’ to ensure the food sent to the orphanage was being received and was sufficient for all seventy-five children. ‘Pennies for Haiti’ held many other fund raisers on their behalf and distributed underwear, shoes, ice cream, cupcakes and toys. We also assisted with the children’s tuition and school supplies. In 2013, the Executive Director, Raygine Francois, moved to Haiti in order to have a stronger impact and better supervise the projects that had been established. We started the ‘Ready to Learn’ project and assisted many children with tuition, closing the year by celebrating Christmas in Croix-des-Bouquets at our first Christmas Fair, ‘Nwel Pou Timoun’. The year 2014 was spent adjusting and tweaking all of our projects to better serve the community. In 2015, we hosted our first mission trip and ministered to the children of the orphanage, we created ‘Mission Saving Lives’, which encompasses all of our projects created in the last five years, assisting children and families in schools and orphanages located in various areas of Haiti. As the year came to a close, we were contacted once more to assist an orphanage in Cap-Haitian, which was home to about 50 children. The ‘Mompremier Soin’ project was created in honor of the heroic, yet tragic, death of Emerson Mompremier, Captain, U.S. Army Field Artillery, a dear friend and supporter of ‘Pennies for Haiti’. He had a huge heart and was always ready to help someone in need. This projects’ aim is to help expectant mothers deliver healthy babies, with ‘Pennies for Haiti’ providing the necessary care from fetus to birth.

As we enter our sixth year, we are tirelessly working on finding grants in an effort to meet the goals of the ‘Feeding Haiti’s Children’ project, which is to feed 2500 children during the 2016 – 2017 school year. ‘House of Hope’ is officially expanding to Cap-Haitian, where we will be building a home for the 50 children living in the orphanage. Presently, we are searching for a grant and raising funds to have a full time missionary on staff at the orphanage. We would like to plan various activities for the children by turning the orphanage into a ‘home’, understanding that after food, these children need stability, love and attention, exactly what we would like to give them. The ‘Ready to Learn’ and ‘Teach a Woman to Fish’ projects will be installing computers donated by Sedgwick, LLP to two schools and a learning center and we hope to open the ‘Mompremier Soin’ clinic in Cap-Haitian by the close of the year. Finally, ‘Nwel Pou Timoun’ will be bigger and better as we aim to celebrate Christmas this year with 1000 children at the fair.

We have a long term vision for our work in Haiti. Admittedly, it is an undertaking that is bigger than any of us, but we know, along with the continuous support of our corporate sponsors, donors, and volunteers, that we will make an impact on the future of the children of Haiti. As ‘Pennies for Haiti’ celebrates our sixth anniversary, we are recommitting our efforts to continue our work in Haiti and we ask you to join us in this most endeavor.

Thank you for your support these past six years and your important continued support in the future.

Day 2 — Five Things You Might Not Know About Me

Five Things You Might Not Know About Me

I’m forming a relationship with over 150 children it’s a blessing that cannot be explained; you can only experience it in person. Which is why I invite you to join us on a mission trip to see the work being accomplished for and through these children. It is just amazing to see the transformation in their eyes and lives.

 

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Pennies for Haiti through the House of Hope program is assisting two orphanages one located in Petit Place Cazeau and the other in Cap Haitian. We have activities such as cupcake day to celebrate the children birthdays, Santa Clause toy distribution, last year we paid tuition for five children and whenever needed we assist by supplementing the food they receive from food distribution organizations. We also host a Christmas fair named Nwel Pou Timoun for children in Croix-des-Bouquets so that children can have fun during the happiest day in the year.

I look forward to you joining us…our next mission trip is in July! Please help us spread the word about our work in Haiti. Please like our Pennies for HaitiFB page.

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Day 1 — Five Things You Might Not Know About Me

Five Things You Might Not Know About Me

 
2015 PFH Projects CollagePennies for Haiti officially became an organization on January 27, 2010. Many believe that our existence was in response to the earthquake. Actually, the earthquake brought an idea to life. In September of 2009, I traveled to Hinche, Haiti on a mission trip with Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church. While there my heart broke as I saw the overwhelming poverty that loomed over the county; I wondered if this was how I left Haiti in 1994. I could not believe the state of my county…my countrymen. I was determined to feed the Haitian people. Upon returning to the states my efforts to organize a food distribution were not successful and then the earthquake happened. So a group of 4 cousins got together and formed Pennies for Haiti. Today, I am the Executive Director and proud to say that during our 5 years in existence we gained our 501(c)3 status; making us a tax deductible organization.
Below are a few of our ongoing programs…I am excited about 2016 as we grow and add more projects to help Haiti’s children.
House of Hope
Homelessness Reduction — House of Hope project is dedicated to helping an orphanage, home to over seventy children, fulfill the needs of the orphaned children in their care.
Feeding Haiti’s Children
Malnutrition Reduction — Feeding Haiti’s Children project was created to answer the dire cry of malnourished children.
Ready to Learn
Increasing Literacy — Ready to Learn Project helps underprivileged children by paying the admission fees for the current school year.
Nwel Pou Timoun ~ Christmas for Children
Spreading Joy — Nwel Pou Timoun project is dedicated to bringing joy and happiness to children in the Croix-des-Bouquets area.
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I’ve attached a few collages for you to see our projects in pictures.
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In Honor of International Day Eradication Poverty — 2015

12096124_10153324429952561_2049757299617053646_nThere is an epidemic in our world, one that has been recognized by many for years. Recently many global leaders expressed the urgency in ending poverty in our generation. Let’s go back in history to review the call to action against poverty. This epidemic was recognized in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson when he declared “unconditional war on poverty” in his State of the Union address. He further went on to say “our aim is not only to relieve the symptoms of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.”

Unfortunately, 36 years later we proved not to have taken his warning seriously enough. So in the year 2000, what was at the time the largest gathering of world leaders, the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals. They are international developmental goals intended to address extreme poverty in the form of low income, hunger, disease, homelessness, gender inequality, education, and environmental sustainability around the world. It was estimated that we could end extreme poverty in 2015. However, in 2013, Pope Francis declared: “in a world where there is so much wealth, so many resources to feed everyone, it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children, that there are so many children without an education, so many poor persons. Poverty today is a cry.”

We are 2 months shy of closing the year, but sadly enough, we did not accomplish the goals set by the United Nation in 2000. Instead, the newspaper headlines around the world scream poverty…”Indonesia Witnesses Rising Poverty”, “Childhood Poverty: Cincinnati’s Crisis”, “Census Data Shows Black Women And Children Impacted By Poverty More”, “Level Of Jobless Households In Ireland Brings High Rate Of Poverty”… just to name a few.

The World Bank has adjusted the global poverty line threshold in daily income per person from $1.00 in 1990 to $1.90 in 2015. Out of a list of twenty-three countries poverty is especially widespread in Africa which has twenty countries making the list of poorest countries around the world. However, Haiti is considered the poorest country of the Americas with over 2.5 million people living in extreme poverty and earning $1.23 per day. The stats for this country breaks your heart where 50% of children don’t attend school, it is estimated that there are 225,000 restaveks (child labor), in 2004 58,000 children were reported to have died between the ages of 1 and 4, only 54% of children under the age of one are vaccinated against measles compared to 90% for the rest of Latin America, and it is estimated that one quarter of all children under the age of five suffers from moderate to severe malnutrition.

Realizing that poverty surrounds us anywhere we are, the executive board of Pennies for Haiti chose to work in Haiti to eradicate poverty by taking in focusing our efforts to help one child at a time. I can’t begin to imagine the pain and suffering a mother must feel to watch her baby slowly dying of hunger. But on October 9, 2015 another mother went through that ordeal. Ersmene was only a year old and hours away from receiving the care she needed to survive. Unfortunately, she never made it the facility where hope and love awaited her. I join Bono of the rock band U2 in asking you “do we have the will to make poverty history?” We need your support to help feed and educate Haiti’s children.

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Did you know…?

Today is World Food Day! The World Food Programme estimates that 795 million people do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. In Haiti, the plate of food featured in the attached image cost 75 HTG equivalent to $1.43 US. Unfortunately, many here do not have that much to feed themselves. Can $1.43 US buy you a healthy filling lunch or dinner today?

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Source: World Food Programme

2015 Follow Me International Haitian Missionaries

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Shelley31 — Volunteer
August of 2015, I had the privileged to spend a week in Haiti, volunteering at an Orphanage in Port-Au-Prince. In the beginning I was hesitant about going to Haiti, mainly because I was concerned for our safety. However, after we arrived all of those fears went away and I was just taking in everything that was around us. The Executive Director stayed with us in the guesthouse the entire time we were there and she brought a sense of comfort. We spent time at a local orphanage and provided a VBS for the children. We taught them songs, artwork, and about God and his love for all of us. There were children that ranged from all ages and no matter what their age was, they wanted to know everything about us. What we were wearing, the pictures on our phones, they wanted to take pictures using our phone. Our very first day at the orphanage, my heart was broken due to the way these children live and all I wanted to do was to do whatever I could to help these children. I showed them what love looks like, by being present to them and helping them see that there is hope in their lives. Our last day there, was an emotional one because we could see that these kids had life again in their eyes, could hear laughter all around, and hugs being shared all over the place. The children did not want us to leave, and I don’t blame them, if I was in their shoes. This organization truly brings hope the children of Haiti in so many ways. Not just through missionaries coming to spend time with the children, but through the different programs they have to offer. I pray for Pennies for Haiti daily that this organization will continue to strive and be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.

Fabi G. — Board Member
I spent a week working with Pennies for Haiti in Port-Au-Prince during the summer of 2015. For four days we traveled to a local orphanage and gave art, drama, music and bible lessons to the kids. You can tell that they usually don’t receive much attention or love… or food. They deserve so much more. If the owners of home will allow it the next few steps will be bettering their quality of life. Nutrition and hygiene are two major issues.

Overall, I was humbled by the dedication and passion of the members of Pennies for Haiti. They work tirelessly to bring education and a better future to all the abandoned and orphaned children in Haiti. I felt welcomed right away and I intend to go back as soon as possible. Being with the children is always the most rewarding part and the familial atmosphere of the group of volunteers themselves is a blessing. I hope many more people become a part of this wonderful venture.

After my trip there I was asked to become a member of the board. I accepted and now I can’t wait to see what the future brings for Pennies For Haiti and the children of Haiti.

Irisheyes — Volunteer
I was humbly honored to have participated in a mission trip to Port Au Prince in August 2015. When I heard about the trip I felt compelled to attend, although with a bit of trepidation, not quite knowing what I could offer to so many in such need. When we first arrived at the orphanage, a young girl of approximately ten years of age hugged me and would not let go. At that precise moment I knew the only thing I needed to do was offer God’s love to these sweet children. Although their need was great for food, clothing and health issues, the most urgent need was love. You could see it in their eyes, whether they looked at you close up or from afar. Whilst photographing and observing them for four days, one could watch the change in their demeanor from day to day.
The first day, many were apprehensive and sad. Some would observe us from behind a gate or behind a partially closed door, watching as we interacted with the bolder children, wondering why we were there and how long we would stay. By the second day, a large group welcomed us at the gate and you could see the excitement in their eyes and voices, even hear a bit of laughter. As we gave them love and attention, it came back to us ten fold. Such a simple part of life seemingly so hard for them to attain.
By the third and fourth day, ALL seemed to participate, even the older, more reserved children. It broke our hearts to have to leave but we all felt God’s presence in our time there and have pledged to return and forever hold them in our hearts and prayers.
To watch a child whose eyes are dark, tearful and sad blossom into eyes filled with love, joy and wonder is truly miraculous and makes one question why we as God’s children do not do more to help these innocents. I will never forget the children’s eyes, how they changed from seeing darkness to seeing God’s love.