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!
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!
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!
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.
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 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!!
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! 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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!
So… our friend, Job, who is the school administrator in an area we serve, told us how that often he looks out at the students and inevitably sees kids just dazing out, unable to concentrate. To the untrained eye it could by construed as misbehavior, but he recognized it was attributed to hunger, which so many of the Haitian children are suffering from. We had to act, in this rural mountain community, to alleviate the hunger and increase the potential for learning.
So we started a feeding program at the school for these beautiful children. It consists of bringing in food, preparing it, and feeding it to the children and staff. The cooks are more than happy to help just for a plate of food for themselves. That’s a win win 🙂 We’re doing it three days a week and it’s making a difference!
As always, we recognize that it’s contributions from people like you that make these efforts possible. This hunger issue among the students is ongoing and far reaching so we’re determined to get this project bigger & better so we can impact more of these beautiful Haitian families.
We are working together with you to change the world, one life at a time…
PN believes in helping where we can with education. In several of the villages we assist the powers that be with the children’s schooling. Shown here are some pictures at a couple locations working with the kids. It’s really a pleasure as these kids are glad to be in school and happy to learn! We hope to continue building up what’s offered with some skills & livelihood training courses.
If you have any comments or suggestions along these lines by all means pass them along! (Or, maybe you have a livelihood skill that can be taught & you’d like to volunteer for an extended stay, Hmmmm… think about it)
We’ve had the pleasure of watching kids grow up and graduate then continue on to find work and provide for their families. This, my friends, is fulfilling! If not already, you are cordially invited to be a part! 🙂