Junior helping explain some medical instructions… Doug and Marie
One of our Haitian team members, Junior has been instrumental in coordinating many of our initiatives in Haiti. He is tireless and pushes the team often to go a little further! Pictured on the above left we are giving instructions for treating one of the sponsored children up in Cabois. The lives of these children are greatly impacted by our sponsors! We are able to give them attention they’d otherwise not receive. And it’s also nice to be able to bring personal correspondence back and forth as well as pictures.
On this last trip, Doug Smith came along to help in the interim housing project. While he was working on one house he noticed a little girl and after observing her, sensed a particular need that she seemed to have. So, he has chosen to sponsor her! It is special to be able to make that bond in person; we’re glad for both of them! The two of them are pictured on the above right…
Delivering a sponsor’s care package
Project Nourish also has the privilege of hand delivering our sponsor’s care packages and gifts when they provide them. Pictured above this little girl, sponsored by Bert & Lucy of Sturbridge, MA, receives a carry bag loaded with great items including some hygiene items, school supplies, and some fun stuff! She was elated to receive this gift (“kado” in Creole). Of course the correspondence is so appreciated too. That personal contact and sharing of culture and family facts, etc… It’s so neat!
They were already friends…now we are!
Just look at these cute little faces! So willing to befriend us, making our trip that much more enjoyable… So many of the children we come in contact with seem to just want to know that someone loves them. It’s not at all uncommon to have several children rush over and want to be picked up and held. Sometimes as we’re discussing an issue we’ll be holding a little boy or girl and they’ll just quietly hold on for the longest time; sometimes touching the unfamiliar white skin of our arm or face with expressions of approval. At other times, of course, they’ll want to be lifted, swung, flipped, or some other exertive motion with a seemingly undying enthusiasm! I always tire first; no doubt. There is something in the eyes of children in this environment that is both so telling and so questioning…
We also make friends with people like the gentleman pictured below. He is one of the farmers in this subsistence farming area. He has a great sense of humor and is in incredible shape, as you can see in the picture! It’s all about relationship to God and man, or should I say with God through man?! As Project Nourish goes to help in this poverty stricken nation, we’re learning an awful lot from the people we’re meeting and the friends we’re making!
One our local farmer friends
Sophonie and her mom… Enjoying Sofonie’s company!
I was driving away from the village and I heard someone yell out to me. I turned to see our friend motioning me to stop. So I pulled to the side of the bumpy dirt road and waited while this woman excitedly ran to the truck. It was the mom we spoke of in a previous post who had a sick little baby girl (see https://www.projectnourish.org/blog/?p=323 ). We had visited a few times during the week and she knew we’d be leaving soon. As she approached I saw that she was holding a paper in her hand. She handed it to me…on it was written the name of her little girl. It was so touching that she wanted me to have it as she passed it to me with a big smile. The picture on the above left was taken from behind the steering wheel as she stood outside the car door. The picture on the right is in their house…oh…I should say their NEW house! Yes, we were able to make her a recipient of one of the new houses! Project Nourish is so pleased to have been able to provide this family a shelter from the elements!
This week we also brought some infant cereal for her and some other babies as well. This will provide a little temporary nourishment vital for survival. We were also able to pass along some infant clothing and shoes. We are so appreciative to pass along these blessings that someone so generously donated. Maybe you’ll be the hands passing things like this out on one of our trips in the near future!
Sofonie’s happy mom handed me this!
We are finishing our75th unit this week! A family’s tent in front and our units in back…
We had a great trip. Lots of good things were accomplished! Project Nourish is happy to be completing seventy five interim houses now, and will be continuing promptly on building more! The partnership has been going along quite well. The many recipient families are elated to be sleeping in a structure rather than the tents they’ve been in for over a year!! Joining me on this trip was Doug Smith and my son Jimmy. After completion of the 50th unit we got the required paper work done and proceeded to pick up 25 more units and continued building without delay! We hope to have funds for this to happen again at least a couple of times before the program is scheduled to end in a few weeks. For $2000 we can get 25 families in these structures just as the rainy season begins. Some of the units are housing 6 & 7 people!
They are only 12’ x 12’ units but they are 7’ high and are much more spacious than the tents since there isn’t the sloping roof that a tent has. And the units include two full length shelves and a double bed frame to receive a mattress if the recipients have one.
Also during our stay we were able to get some rice up to the mountain village as well as some clothing and shoes. You can’t imagine how important new shoes are to our friends here. We just simply have to get more shoes to bring over! Lots and lots of shoes!! I’ll tell you the overall terrain in Haiti wreaks havoc on shoes and up here in the mountain it’s especially tough on them.
A shelf full of shoes! What one family is leaving behind!
We are pressing forward and hope to get a whole lot more accomplished in the coming days and weeks! Project Nourish is constantly working to establish relationships to help with food products, housing, education, community help buildings, medical supplies, administration costs, etc. We are excitedly looking towards our next trip where we can continue to touch the lives of more families in this impoverished nation. We are working primarily in Cabois right now but also several other villages in the Leogane region.
I hope this helps give you a better glimpse into our efforts in Haiti.
Building the frame
The second phase of the interim homes building project is well under way with ten more houses built and more units being delivered. We will get as many built as we are able.
Project Nourish has also been able to get some more food up to the mountain to help address the hunger that we see there. I am excited to be returning to Haiti with a couple of guys on Wednesday! We plan to keep the building project going and assess some other issues including education, feeding, medical needs, and the like.
Stretching the sheathing
A meal for today…
On one hand, we are always pleased to see the progress that is being made. On the other, it is difficult to see the immense need all around. As I told a friend recently regarding our feeding programs; “they keep coming and coming and we all want to do so much more. We never run out of need…we just run out of rice.”
Unfortunately, hunger is still a very real fact of life in many parts of the world and it is here in Haiti. We still see signs of malnutrition reminding us of the inequity remaining in the world. Project Nourish has some long term hopes of establishing a model of self sufficiency and reproducing it in other needing communities.
In the mean time there are hungry stomachs to fill and we are providing food in the form of rice and other staples. You might think that we shouldn’t have hunger issues in the world by now, but the truth is we do! We know that there have to be long term solutions and we are working on collaborations to address that. But we are also aware that there is an immediate need of a meal that can’t wait for a long term plan to come to fruition. A hungry child needs food…now! We are in the process of another feeding program, today, that will bring food to hungry families. We wish that we could provide for the whole country and other hunger driven communities of the world but we are committed to reaching those that we are able to. As the means come in, we’ll convert it to food, shelter, and clothing! That’s a promise!
I’ve got to say it has been amazing to be a part of this effort. Seeing what initially seems impossible come into reality…wow! Project Nourish has been blessed to see men, women and children receive clothing, food, and now housing that they would not have had otherwise. It can almost be overwhelming sometimes to step back and realize what has been, and is being accomplished! We are so looking forward to bigger and better things being accomplished in the very near future!
Happy mother and her three children with a roof over their heads!
Project Nourish is so pleased to announce that we have already begun phase two! The transportation of the next 25 housing units is scheduled to begin tomorrow. Building will commence immediately in an effort to beat the coming rainy season. A very generous contributor understands the important need we all have of shelter and has provided funds for transportation of the units up the mountain! So we will continue on with shipping another twenty five units. Then we’ll begin construction as soon as we can reassemble the construction crew. It’s a walk of faith I must say. We are blessed to be conduits of others compassion and benevolence!
I will be returning to Haiti, to help out in the construction process, on Wednesday. I’ll have a couple of men joining me and we hope to accomplish a lot during our stay. The units have a double bed framed in, as well as a shelf system. They have a metal corrugated roof and a rain barrel. This project truly improves the quality of life for the recipients.
New house recipient mother and child. Notice built-in shelving
Phase one is complete! You’ll be happy to know that twenty five houses have been completed up in our mountain village. It is humbling to realize that Project Nourish has been able, with the help of many, to provide housing to twenty five families! As you may know we are planning on building as many as we can get funding for, and we want to complete as many as possible before the rainy season which is so important for these families.
We have heard the very thankful expressions of the recipients and it is absolutely heartwarming! Of course we also have received numerous requests from families in need of shelter. We are not sure how many we’ll be able to build but we would love to meet the need of all the families that have been displaced. Hopefully a phase two will be under way very soon!
Thank you all for your interest and concern in this very important project.
Two recipient families in front of their new houses!
One of our key focuses is children whose future is so dependent on what our generation does now. Project Nourish is getting involved in several ways. Firstly, we’re providing food and pure water which is essential to life! Project Nourish is also happy to be building interim housing for families who have been displaced by the earthquake. We have a child sponsorship program that addresses the individual needs of these worthy children including enrollment in school and providing clothing. We are pleased to inform you that the families of our sponsored children are each living in one of these new interim houses! As the rainy season is beginning this becomes vital. It is not just a matter of comfort but can be a life and death issue because of the health ramifications.
There are so many families in need of housing to shelter them from the elements. This huge need is only compounded in the rainy season! Project Nourish is dedicated to providing the help we can to get as many families as possible into houses before the onset of the rainy season.
Project Nourish and some leaders in Cabois have a casual meeting
It’s amazing how much more we can accomplish working together. It is also amazing how much is stifled because of jealousy and pride. Project Nourish is happy to engage in multiple partnerships that allow us to accomplish things that we simply couldn’t alone. We have begun to partner with John Engle’s organization with education in mind, with Joe Hurston’s for pure water, and Samaritan’s Purse for housing, and many others, including personal collaborations that have been crucial to our continuing thus far!
We are working on establishing a model community to be duplicated in other regions. We know this requires partnerships in and out of the villages. So many peripheral blessings have come out of these partnerships too. Rubbing shoulders with people, and organizations, that have other people’s interests in mind is very rewarding and we are blessed! We are excited to find out who that next important relationship will be with!
Let me take time right now to thank you for your interest in our efforts and for taking time to view our website. We certainly welcome your feedback!
God Bless you as you give of yourself to benefit others!!
Unloading building components
The building continues! The road to Cabois is difficult but very rewarding these days. The build team is getting a good workout! Even though its hard work there is certainly a sense of excitement as Project Nourish continues to bring the kits up the mountain and turn them into homes for these deserving families! If you are one of our contributors just take a moment and enjoy being an important part of this. Look at the pictures and know that you are there too! To the others of you, what are you waiting for? Get in the picture! 🙂 we need you.
Our foreman, Junior with a very thankful recipient of this housing project and with part of the team framing another house! Thank you, God!