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!

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!!

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.

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! 🙂

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!

Thank You FDW!

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We have made several shipments of supplies to Haiti over the passed few months. These shipments are made possible in thanks to those who donate needed items, the volunteers who pack the boxes, the donors who help pay to ship the boxes, and the volunteers that drive the boxes to the container.  Thanks to Factory Discount Warehouse, we have been able to transport these goods in a nice truck. They donated the use of their box truck to drive these boxes to their shipping point.  Thank you FDW!

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Who Cares???

Some young folks in New England, that’s who!  It is so refreshing to see the giving, caring and interaction between the youth that we’ve taken on some of these trips.

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Whether its in carrying sacks of rice or playing ball with a small child, it’s great to watch these guys & gals mixing up with new found friends!

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From village to village sometimes it seems to only takes seconds for some chemistry to be sensed and bubbly excitement bursts out!

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I have seen over and over the expressions on kids’ faces that tell of the joy they feel having someone come and care about them and want to spend time with them!

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sometimes it’s in a lesson sometimes a song sometimes it’s a joke…but it’s all fun to watch and better to be a part of!!

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Both the Haitian families and these American youth will look back on fond memories when reflecting on the special days spent together.

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Caring and sharing go a long, long way…in all of our lives. How great it is to witness the giving hearts of these young folks from New England!

Drip, drip, drip…

Water is essential to life. Unfortunately, access to clean drinking water is lacking in many areas not only in Haiti, but around the world.  A few years ago, we were blessed to have partnered with Joe Hurston, of Air Mobile Ministries, and set up a water filtration system in Cabois, Haiti only mere months before the Cholera outbreak.  What seemed like a small project quickly became a life-saving project that impacted not only one village, but the surrounding villages as well. We are very thankful to have running water at our base, in addition to having a well installed on our site in Cabois.

Knowing that clean water is essential to life, please join us in bringing it to more people in more places… Please donate now!

Thank you HomeTown Bank & Sisters Restaurant!

We’re so happy to have local businesses helping out! The generosity shown has been a wonderful thing. We have been able to more because of the kind hearts of the managers, owners, staff and friends of several local businesses. Tina Puzo, manager of the Auburn branch of HomeTown Bank headed up the collection of very helpful items that were delivered to our orphanage in Signaeu, Leogane Haiti. The items included school supplies and toiletries that are so needed. We extend our thanks to Tina and her associates for their help!

Laura Monfreda, of Sisters Restaurant got her staff and friends involved through a raffle that benefited our orphanage as well. We were able to use these funds to buy supplies to stock up the supply room with much needed items. Its awesome to see how these kids’ faces light up when they see these supplies come in and know that someone care about them… Thanks Laura and crew!