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!

3-pack

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!

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!

Thank you, Standard Door Supply!

Thanks to the generosity of Bill and Peter of Standard Door Supply in allowing the use of a truck and driver, we were able to transport a large shipment of goods to NY for delivery to Haiti. The New England based company provided the truck from their Worcester, MA location which is in close proximity to our own location.

Thanks Standard Door!

The load includes over 100 cases of dehydrated beans which will be a great source of protein for many Haitian families living in abject poverty. Also included in the shipment are shoes, one of the most valued commodities, and clothes for all ages. Project Nourish gives some items to individuals and families for their personal use and some are used as a means of providing income through small family businesses. Your contributions do, in fact, change lives in these difficult regions.

From truck to container

If we each take responsibility to do a part we will accomplish great things! Please join the Project Nourish family in bringing hope and a brighter future to the less privileged…

Volunteer Shippers

Recently the staff at Project Nourish teamed up with local volunteers to pack boxes and prepare them for shipping to Haiti. We are so pleased to have these nice people donating their time in an effort that translates into changed lives in a Third World environment. We had over one hundred case of dehydrated beans, dozens of pairs of much needed shoes, boxes of clothes, etc.

Sorting and packing clothes

We still need to get this big load to our shipper in New York but we are one step closer. All of the efforts wouldn’t happen without the partnerships we have and the donations of time and funds to make it happen! If you have joined with us in our efforts to impact the less fortunate, “Thank you!” If you haven’t yet…we are asking you to do it now. Your part is so important and meaningful. I can tell you it is rewarding to both the giver and receiver!

Packing cases of beans

We look forward to hearing from you soon and, if you haven’t, are hoping you decide to partner with us in some form or another; general sponsorship, volunteering, child sponsorship, etc…

Ground Breaking…

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!

 

 

Sponsor/Child Correspondence

We at Project Nourish love to be facilitators of the long distance relationships created through our sponsorship programs. As someone who enjoys several such relationships that have endured almost thirty years, I can attest that they can be long lasting too!

In this picture we see Lucy and Ti-Carme. This too is a long distance, long lasting relationship. Here they are working together on organizing data they gathered on the presently sponsored children and their families, as well as translating letters that the children have just written to their sponsors. We will carry the correspondence, between the American sponsors and the Haitian children, in and out of Haiti and hope each budding connection grows into a life changing, long term friendship like those that we have developed and hold so dear to our hearts.

It is such a blessing to be able to work hand in hand with our Haitian counterparts in helping affect change in Haiti. The board of Project Nourish is shared by both American and Haitian affiliates. We are pleased to have these relationships developing and making a difference in the world.

We truly look forward to experiencing more and more of these powerful, life changing connections for ourselves personally and for many of you, our friends…

Shoes…Shoes!

Some of the very most appreciated gifts that we are able to give to our Haitian friends are shoes. Thanks to a donation of several pairs of little girls’ shoes, by a donor named Nichole, we were able to make some toddlers and parents very happy in providing them some nice shoes.

These pictures show a couple of little girls sporting new shoes! They both are at the stage where they’re just beginning to walk so it was fun to watch them in their newly learned skill and in their newly acquired shoes.

The picture on the right is of little Sofonie and her mom. You may recall some earlier posts regarding Sofonie’s health. The first was entitled, “A Thankful Mom” posted Jan. 12, 2011. The other, “Sofonie!” posted on March 26, 2011. She is getting so big! And she was in great health. We are so thankful to see her doing so well and to be in relationship with this precious family, and so many more.

Bringing in clothes and shoes is one aspect of the efforts of Project Nourish. Look for posts regarding schooling and health efforts, and others too. Remember, we welcome your comments and suggestions so please feel free to send along your thoughts!

Sponsors make a Difference!

On our most recent trip we were able to take care of the schooling expenses for our sponsored children. Making sure the kids are able to attend school is a rewarding experience for us, knowing the importance of a good education. Some of the tuitions were paid in full for the year, while for others we paid a two month installment. Although the majority of the kids attend school right in Cabois, a few attend school in a neighboring village.

The 1st picture above shows a boy writing correspondence to his beloved new sponsor! The families are so excited to learn of their getting a sponsor. Although this young boy was attending school, there were no payments received yet by the school. They were in need of a miracle…and they got it! The other picture is of a young girl, from another area, at a school that we visited. She is a good student who was writing notes in a notepad and looking on with another student into their textbook as her family couldn’t afford one for herself. After the class we spoke a bit and were able to make her day by purchasing a textbook of her own to help with her studies. When someone sponsors a child or is a general sponsor, live are changed by that selfless decision. Education, food, and clothes are some of the ways your support can effect change in the lives of these young people.

If you haven’t acted yet in sponsorship now is the time! We’d love to have you join our efforts in making much needed change in Haiti. 🙂

Good business!

Over the years my family has been actively involved in sponsorship programs in Haiti. My wife and I sponsored a little girl in Santo who is now a young woman and mother of her own little girl. Our relationship with Natacha continues to grow after all these years…she is family! We been able to see her go to school and positive things like that and also have seen her living in a tent after the earthquake. We were happy to be able to help her get into a more suitable living situation in the small house she and her little daughter now occupy. Self-sustenance is a theme we have in Project Nourish and we wanted it to apply in this family’s situation. A business of selling groceries was decided on and a couple of very humble attempts were made without great success. The reason was lack of oversight and training. Well, I met a nice man in Haiti a couple of weeks ago and he is fulfilling that need for mentorship. His name is Auguste and he is just a great guy! He has offered free training in business. His own business of 2-1/2 years is successful and he is transferring his knowledge and experience to someone else; helping better the community and strengthen this family. We are so grateful. He recommended not being one dimensional but rather to have diversity in business that includes electronics and selling phone minutes. Well, we’ve begun and it looks promising.

Cell phones keep our Haitian friends connected

 

She has opened an account and is selling cell phone minutes now. I received a call from her today and could instantly hear the joy and excitement in her voice. I could tell she sees a promising future in business and she was so appreciative of the opportunity. Her business will grow and she’ll be able to support her family and provide a service to the community. It is great to be a part of this story and to have people like Auguste joining in to help stating, “When you help people in Haiti it’s like you’re helping me and I appreciate that so I want to do what I’m supposed to do.” Wow, I love his attitude.

 

By the way, she started our phone conversation in English with a few more English words than usual. Our friend has agreed to teach English as well and Natacha is among the few who are taking advantage of his class. Thank God for kind souls. 🙂

More beans…more smiles!

We told you before how that Dave & Carolyn donated 20 cases of dehydrated beans. Well the families in the mountain village of Cabois just seem to really love them. We keep packing our suitcases full of these bags of beans and carrying them up the mountain to distribute. There’s a whole lot of excitement for them as we open up the vehicle and reveal the stash!

Now they’ve just donated 100 more cases! We, and the families in Cabois, are so thankful.  Our rough math indicated that it is enough to feed each person in the whole village thirteen times. Wow! Thank you Dave & Carolyn, we love you and your great big hearts!!

We now need some help with the expenses to ship these over to Haiti so we can bring some more nourishment to the families in this mountain village. You can be sure there will be a lot of excitement when they see us passing out this new favorite of theirs! A big part of the beauty of these is the simplicity of preparation. For each bag you just boil a half a gallon of water and mix in the beans; they’re all flavored and ready to go! And, I might add that they’re tasty too.

Most Recent Trip

We just went up to Cabois again this past week. We were able to bring some food to some families in need. And we also addressed the schooling issue for our sponsored children. It

is so meaningful to these families when their child gets sponsored and they find out that their tuition will be paid! That is part of the accomplishment of the low monthly sponsorship fees; a child can afford to go to school! 🙂

Michelove with a gift from her new “Mommy”

The picture above shows a young girl with gifts sent from her new sponsor. The whole family was excited! It is too difficult for her mother to pay for her children to go to school. Now, Michelove will be able to attend school and build and education that will help in her future success.

Jonas making friends…

Along with taking care of feeding the hungry and addressing tuition issues we took some time to get current photos of the children to pass along to their American families. It is so good to see the kids progressing and so rewarding to be a part of it! A big “thank you” to all of the sponsors…and all of you who are deciding to be!

Wedding Bells…

Was that wedding bells we heard?? That’s right! We certainly had a wedding a couple of weeks ago. Our son, James Vanderhoof married Linda Guerrier of BordMer. It was a wonderful time of celebration!

.                 The Ring Ceremony                           James & Linda

It was a beautiful ceremony with a couple of surprises for the audience. One was the nice sand ceremony; where each of the couple poured, from a separate bottle, different color sand into a taller bottle creating a unique blend representative of their two lives and cultures being blended together in a wonderful expression of love never to be separated or alone again. Another was that when they spoke their vows, which they authored themselves, James said his in Creole and Linda said hers in English. It was such a nice touch…

 

James and Linda have worked with Project Nourish in several programs including the distribution of shoes, feeding needy families, sorting & passing out clothing to children and orphans and in the interim housing project. It looks like they’ll be working together for a long time to come!

 

Susan and I are proud parents of James and our new daughter-in-law, LindaJ As are Roland and Benicia. We love them and are so happy for them and we wish them the absolute best!!

.       Karl & Susan Vanderhoof                    Benicia         and          Roland

Sofonie!

Sophonie and her mom…                               Enjoying Sofonie’s company!

I was driving away from the village and I heard someone yell out to me. I turned to see our friend motioning me to stop. So I pulled to the side of the bumpy dirt road and waited while this woman excitedly ran to the truck. It was the mom we spoke of in a previous post who had a sick little baby girl (see https://www.projectnourish.org/blog/?p=323 ).  We had visited a few times during the week and she knew we’d be leaving soon. As she approached I saw that she was holding a paper in her hand. She handed it to me…on it was written the name of her little girl. It was so touching that she wanted me to have it as she passed it to me with a big smile. The picture on the above left was taken from behind the steering wheel as she stood outside the car door.  The picture on the right is in their house…oh…I should say their NEW house! Yes, we were able to make her a recipient of one of the new houses! Project Nourish is so pleased to have been able to provide this family a shelter from the elements!

This week we also brought some infant cereal for her and some other babies as well. This will provide a little temporary nourishment vital for survival. We were also able to pass along some infant clothing and shoes. We are so appreciative to pass along these blessings that someone so generously donated. Maybe you’ll be the hands passing things like this out on one of our trips in the near future!


Sofonie’s happy mom handed me this!

A Thankful Mom…

We were fortunate to make friends with a new mom on our last trip. Her little baby was only a few days old and it was a special treat to hold her tiny body in my arms. This time around she’s a little bigger. But she was really sick and having difficulty breathing. Hearing the rumbling in her chest and seeing her gasp for breath was awful. We were able to get her medical attention and in just a couple of days saw great improvement! Thank God!! Seeing, and hearing, her clear up was a blessing.

I should remind you readers that it was someone’s donation that allowed for the doctor visit and filling the prescriptions. Without the generous donations there could have been a very different outcome. “Thank you!” all who are so generous with your hard earned money. Not all can take the trip and, frankly, not all should. But we can’t do what we’re doing without your financial help too! We all have a part and it’s beautiful to experience the harmony of that teamwork! This young mother would agree…