Ormilien Metelus

Ormilien is one of the administrators and founders of the school where we are working in the village of Cabois. Like everyone else in Haiti, he came from a very poor family. His dream, when he was a boy, was to survive. He said he wanted to have some livestock and crops so that he will live. went to school but he did not finish high school because of poverty. He, along with his two friends are convinced that a person needs education to succeed. A school was needed in their community to educate their youth and to give them a brighter future. So without finishing high school and no formal training in education, Metelus and his friends started the school in Cabois in 2003.

He said, they first rented a house; it was very difficult. They had no money to pay for teachers and to buy supplies and equipment. But they just kept on going. They worked for four years with no pay, just to try to improve the children’s lives. Then they contributed to build a four-room school on land that they were renting. After the earthquake in 2010, an organization came to support the school.

Metelus and his friends have been running this school for more than 13 years; giving hope to the children in their village. His dream now is for all children to be able to go to school. There are still many challenges. Metelus and his friends work hard to keep this school running, they keep the tuition fees low so that the families can better afford it but many still cannot afford it. The teachers are teaching but some of the students are not paying attention because all they can think of is whether they are going to eat that day. Metelus said that some parents do not have food for their children for two or three days. We have been feeding all of the students and teachers in the school three times a week and are currently bumping that up to 5 times! Project Nourish has a child sponsor program that covers a child’s school expenses and more for $25/mo.

 

Thank God for pioneers like Ormilien! And for all of our BIG-hearted donors!!

 

Building Project…

As we work in Haiti there’s a need to send and store materials and items for the various needs that we encounter. We have been storing and disseminating goods from the house where we board and it has been taking up too much valuable living space. The time had come for building a depot to work from…

With the help of our most recent Impact Group, we now have a new depot! A hearty, “Thank You!” to all of those who pitched in to get this accomplished in the hot Haiti sun. It will be put to good use as Project Nourish continues ministering to families in the country of Haiti.

There will always be more & more to do and it people like these volunteers that keep answering the call to accomplish each task as they present themselves. And it bears mentioning that it’s not only the builders but without the funds there would be nothing to build with! ‘Thank you’ to you blessed folks who fund these endeavors; you are absolutely vital to operations!!

Video – Impact Group Trip with Project Nourish

We recently had an Impact Group travel to Haiti with Project Nourish. Take a look at the video highlighting their trip and some of the work that they accomplished!

You can also find this video on YouTube.

Some Needed Medical Attention

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We are so pleased that husband and wife team Don & Lana decided to offer their medical skills to help out in Haiti! Lana consulted with us on how to proceed and to help to set up a procedure to implement on our recent trip. Don joined us in the field performing medical exams on the school students primarily, but also for several others. We now will be better able to monitor the students development using the data as a baseline to compare with future exams. We really appreciate the efforts which were complemented by other team members, Amanda, Abby, Maddy, Mei, & Justin and our Haitian helpers, Alexis, Ti-Carme, & Yvon,

After the kids were addressed, the administrators asked for check-ups too! It was such a blessing to see so many receive what would be otherwise unobtainable. We look forward to seeing this program continue to grow as we develop programs for issues that were revealed like vision impairment and others…

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After the workdays at the school were finished, it was “have meds will travel” as we found villagers who needed attention; from fevers to cysts to tumors to throat pains to abrasions. What a blessing! I might add that a couple of team members were happy to receive some minor treatments too. And when Don got some abrasions the villagers were happy to reciprocate!

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If you are, or know of, a medical professional that would like to offer those skills to a Third-world environment, please contact us here at Project Nourish.