It 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.