Renewed Life!

Just on lunch break, I noticed a red van drive past our eating spot heading to the local Filipino store that we occasionally shop at. The lettering on the van said the name of their organization which is working in the Philippines. My wife being a Filipina, and having been a few times, as well as being involved in some missions work there myself, we had to pop over and meet these folks to see what’s going on!

We met the founder, Bill and his wife, Ghing, along with her mom. What a great family! They are so dedicated to helping the poor in the Philippines by sharing the gospel, providing medical supplies and treatment, along with a feeding program and other efforts.

I was reminded of Psalm 41: 1; “Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him”

Bill’s generous spirit was overflowing as they were preparing boxes to ship and we spoke of shipping containers and providing medical treatment, etc.  He handed us a couple of items for us to send to our work in Haiti stating, “freely we receive, so freely we should give.”

It was such a blessing to meet these fine folks and we look forward to whatever may lie ahead in the relationship as we strive to renew distressed lives in the various regions of God’s earth!

More sponsored kids & happy parents!

We are excited to share the news that we continue to have generous people taking on the responsibility of sponsoring a child! The excitement is probably most evident in the moms as they are so thankful for what this means in the care of their children. The $25/mo. sponsorship pays the child’s school tuition, as well as taking care of their uniforms, books, and school supplies.

  Junalda is a very recently sponsored girl!

Of course, when the kids hear that they have a sponsor they are happy and excited. But, the parents, who often can’t provide a meal to their children for days at a time, hear the good news…they beam with joy! Struggling to survive and hoping the very best for their child, they now are overwhelmed to know their child’s primary education is being paid for, 5 meals per week, the necessary supplies and uniform as well! They can’t say thanks enough!

   

If you want to be a part of this exciting program that provides such essentials to these young students, visit; http://sponsor.projectnourish.org/ to choose a child to sponsor. It only takes a couple of minutes and you will change lives!

Thank you, DoubleDouble!

Recently, DoubleDouble ran a social media campaign with their sights set on donating some cups to organizations. Project Nourish was nominated, by our friend Nichole, to be a recipient and was chosen!

These are a reusable, plant-based, biodegradable, bamboo cups. These 8oz., breakproof cups are perfect for use in our schools in Haiti. With no plastic used, they won’t add to the existing problem we see so prominent in the country, with plastic strewn everywhere. Haiti suffers from severe sanitation issues and is littered with plastics throughout the country, which leach harmful chemicals into the water supplies. These cups will not only fill a need, but when their life span is reached, they can safely be returned to the earth from which they came!

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The timing is great, as we have begun to increase our focus on the school and the feeding program. We have been working with Helen of DoubleDouble for over a month now to make this happen… and it has!

We will be posting on social media about this, and provide updates on Facebook as the cups make their way along their journey!

Paradigm Foundation

Thank God for Tim & Jen!

It was an absolute pleasure to have Tim and Jen of Paradigm Foundation visit our work in Haiti! They brought so much energy and love to the people we are working with. The kids at school certainly warmed up to them instantly! Hopefully, Haiti is in their blood now…like it is ours! Actually, Tim’s grandfather was a missionary in Haiti years ago working in an orphanage so I guess it is in the blood 🙂

 

Paradigm has been building houses in the Dominican Republic. Their houses have been designed to address the needs there while taking into consideration efficiency and building healthy structures.

We are prayerfully considering the potential for partnering on some efforts in the struggling country of Haiti. It would be an honor to work together to address some of the necessary building needs, which include residential and community structures. Please add this consideration to your prayer list!

Don’t they look soooo comfortable in this special place on God’s earth?!

 

(We’re hoping for your quick return, guys!!)

Surgery…

During our medical visit in December, several people sought out the medical team for some personal attention. Without any announcement, the word was out! After our daily student examinations at the school, we took the medical bag and responded to several needs in the surrounding area. One young lady, Nathalie, had an obvious malady in her abdominal region. The nurse decided she needed to get to a hospital for pictures of what was going on inside… The group quickly rustled up the funds and sent her in to receive the results pictured below.

So, Nathalie needs a surgery that she and her family can’t afford. We returned home and pleaded on her behalf while at River Spring Lodge and our friend, Kay kicked off a drive that continued at Life Spring in Worcester, MA and at Solid Rock Church in Albany, NY. After a few short weeks, all of the funds have been collected for the surgery and the medicines needed to go along with it!

I spoke with Nathalie this morning and she is SOooo thankful!! She has asked that everyone helping be thanked and she is praying God’s blessings on you!

River Spring Lodge and the Hamers…

This month we had the first of a planned monthly fundraiser at the beautiful River Spring Lodge in Darien Center New York! Dave & Carolyn Hamer have graciously opened their lodge and their hearts to Project Nourish and our work with children in impoverished Haiti.

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This event, besides being in an elegant venue, was successful in that ten percent of the annual target, for the school project, was reached. We at Project Nourish are so pleased with the benevolence already shown in the people of the Buffalo and Rochester regions of New York.

 

With the continued efforts here we will be covering the costs of a rural school in Haiti including students tuition, books, and uniforms as well as salaries for the staff and a feeding program for students and staff! We are so excited to be providing the much-needed education to these young lives…

 

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!!

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.

Impact Group Trip Dec ’16…

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What a great group we had for this trip!

There was a good mix of veterans and first timers, but everyone had a profitable experience! We had a list of priorities to accomplish starting with providing medical examinations to the school students. It was a lot of work but well worth the effort. We now have a baseline to compare with future exams to help evaluate growth and overall health.

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We also had a building project to get done which was a success under the hot Haiti sun 🙂 The construction team was able to put a roof on our new depot as well as giving some building lessons to locals along the way. This building is important as we bring in goods and supplies for various programs.

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There is so much to experience in visiting a different country with a different culture and language and life experiences. There is always a give and take of each others lives; we can often help address some issues of poverty and illness and so on but the Haitians often display a lifestyle of resilience; overcoming the seemingly unending barrage of adversity.

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Maybe you should consider joining us on an upcoming trip! 🙂

Meet Ginalda…

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The school feeding program is yielding such great results! One of these students who are fortunate to go to school and be part of our feeding program is 12 year old Ginalda Frazier.

Her parents grow vegetables and raise goats for their livelihood. Money doesn’t come in regularly for their family, but Ginalda’s parents, Claude and Gina work hard to take care of Ginalda and her little sister.

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According to her teacher, Ginalda is one of the top students in her class. Ginalda’s favorite subject is Math. She is very joyful and optimistic. She dreams of becoming a nurse someday.

Like the other students in her class, Ginalda’s life is not easy, but they all hope for a bright future, they all have dreams that they want to reach.picture5

One Child’s Story…

Project Nourish is dedicated to helping children through health and education. One of the students that we are helping is 11 year old Falone Louis Jacqold. She is in third grade.  According to her teacher, Falone used to be weak and sickly and she was often absent. When she was present she would fall asleep in class.

Falone’s mother single-handedly takes care of her. She performs all the household chores and looks for money to provide for her family. But her mother does not have a regular income. She usually sells something like fruit. According to Falone’s mother, the biggest problem she has is how to provide food for her family.

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Falone’s teacher said that because of the meals that she receives in school, the child has changed. She is cheerful and active in class. There is no sign of tiredness or frailty. She is always smiling and has more confidence. He teacher also said that she likes to sing and she always shows off her talent!

Falone’s mom sends her thanks to those who are helping her child. She says, “Thank you for everything you do for me. God bless you.”

Hurricane Matthew

 

Matthew, a category 4 storm has devastated areas in the western part of Haiti and left damage throughout the country. Death tolls are over 1000 with more likely to be reported as rescue workers are cut off from many areas due to mudslides, downed bridges, washed out roads, etc. Hundreds of thousands have lost their homes and possessions.

This devastation adds to the difficulties already existing in Haiti including recovering from the 2010 earthquake, a continuing drought since 2013, the instability of the government, and the battle with cholera which is feared to surge due to the massive flooding and its effects on water and sanitation infrastructure.

Project Nourish is distributing food, clothing, and medical supplies to people in some of the most affected areas as well as organizing a medical trip to help treat some of the fallout.

Haiti needs our help! Please Donate Now and help us bring relief to families affected by this devastation…

 

Feeding Program

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It’s sometimes hard for us to realize what its like to be starving. But its not so difficult for Haitians to understand completely. We constantly are confronted with the issue of hunger in our work in Haiti. Recently we launched a feeding program that provides a meal, at school, three times a week. It’s awesome to see these kids so happy to fill their stomachs with a nutritious meal! After that they are able to concentrate on their class work unlike the lethargic stares of malnourished bodies and brains… These types of programs are so beneficial to the children; not only for physical health but also for academic achievement and attendance!

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We are so grateful for those of you who contribute to this vital effort for the children of Haiti and their families and teachers. Ultra poor families are so happy to know their children are eating meals that their are unable to provide. Those who prepare and those who teach also partake of the meals. the atmosphere is charged with appreciation and thanks. We are confident that, with your help, we’ll be able to expand the program to more of our service locations soon and more families will benefit from simple, yet necessary, healthy meals.

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We are so blessed in the U.S. and it’s our responsibility to share the blessings with the less fortunate. Please go to the ‘Donate’ page OR “Click” the ‘Donate’ button on the bottom of the home page to contribute to this worthy cause. God bless you!

Touching a Life…

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We all need love and acceptance and we know how good it feels to get that. Well it’s great to give it too! I was reflecting on how so many volunteers and group trip participants have connected with people in Haiti. A caring and willing heart traveling to this poor, small country and touching someone’s life. Some really great friendships have been established over the years.

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It’s kind of amazing how people from such different locations and lifestyles can bond so nicely! Learning the language definitely helps but it is not a prerequisite to friendship. With the Project Nourish Impact Group trips we’ve seen so much laughter and happiness expressed right in the midst of the poorest country in the western hemisphere. I particularly enjoy connecting with folks from different cultures and, now that I’m older I guess, watching others do the same. So come make my day… and a new relationship… in Haiti!

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