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!!)
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maybe you should consider joining us on an upcoming trip! 🙂
A pastor friend from New York texted me and said, “we can do more working together with those that have the same heart; great strategic connections”. We agree! Project Nourish works on building alliances with other organizations, churches, businesses, etc. to accomplish more in the communities we serve. We just simply can’t be the best at everything, right? But if we team up, each specializing in a particular area of service, we can knock it out of the park!
For example, Project Nourish is working with an organization that builds schools to help with the teaching and scholarships. We collaborated with Samaritan’s Purse to build houses for many displaced families. There are many organizations that are passionate about caring for the poor. Also, so many individuals have a ton to offer too. A husband & wife team, both nurses, are gathering medical supplies and volunteering to go administer care at our clinic. Pooling our resources make each of us way more effective; everybody wins. Especially the families we are aiming to help!
We’re all on the same team!
You know what?? it’s hot in Haiti! But in spite of that a team of guys on a recent Impact Group trip tirelessly installed some interior doors so there could be some privacy on this and future trips. Bob VanNatten from the Albany crew headed up the work and did an excellent job.
Under his leadership a whole lot was accomplished! It was just shy of a miracle making doors swing freely and close and latch given the walls they were working with along with the tools and materials available.
Pastor Justin of Solid Rock in Albany is seen above doing some quality control! We were blessed to have these guys. They didn’t hesitate to jump from carpentry to electrical to plumbing…and we didn’t hesitate to let them!! AWESOME JOB GUYS!
Good news! Resolution has finally been brought to our land issue. This is an important step in allowing us to create a greater impact for the people of Cabois! We have several plans to make good use of the land, but in talking with leaders of the community, we found that the greatest need in the area is for a clinic. Our goal is to construct a clinic designed for expansion, so that it can meet future needs as they arise. Please pitch in and help us out with this endeavor!
We have several medical personnel that are willing to come and offer treatment in this rural mountain region and we are excited about the proposition of offering medical and dental treatment, and education, to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to receive it.
What a trip! Really! This was a great group of people that were so helpful. So many projects got completed; some of which will benefit the following groups. For instance, the groups coming now will be able to enjoy a shower from the gravity fed system that was installed. That’s huge in this village with no running water or electricity! They were just good workers…period. There were lights and
switches put in that run on the current provided by the generator. There doors and knobs installed in the rooms of our new addition to the group house. trenches were dug for drainage and boundary markers placed on the clinic property.
In all this there was still plenty of time given to the personal touch that goes so far in expressing our true concern for the well being of these Haitian families. Such a balance of hard work and gentleness! A special thanks to our friends at Solid Rock in Albany, NY and those at Life Spring in Worcester, MA. They made this a memorable trip and were truly an IMPACT GROUP!
In the efforts of Project Nourish to address the needs of the remote mountain village of Cabois and the surrounding communities, we need to have buildings to work out of for a clinic, storage, teaching, etc. Of course this kind of thing doesn’t happen over night; it takes time, money, and lots of effort. But I want to let you know that we have begun preparing the first portion by digging and laying a small foundation that we plan to build a building on that we will likely initially use in a multi-function capacity.
We certainly need help to accomplish all that needs to be done. There’s land acquisition, perimeter wall construction, buildings, plumbing & electrical issues, and provisions for each of the functions including orphan and clinical care.
Please join us in making a positive difference in our world! Your help is so important and so desperately needed…no one else can do your part!