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! 🙂

Lucy, Still Going Strong…

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For over 30 years now Lucy Vanderhoof has been traveling to Haiti to work in the non-profit sector. For the past several years she has been volunteering with Project Nourish. Lucy loves ministering to the women and children most. Although she has mentioned that she’s “too old” to go back several times, it seems she’s often one of the first to enlist in the group trips. At 84 she’s still going strong and ready to join the action in an upcoming trip! “I’m not ready to give up”, Lucy says, “…I still have a great heart for Haiti.”

Seeing how excited she still gets talking about Haiti and knowing that she loves the people in Haiti, we anticipate having her on several more Impact Group trips in the future.       Keep it up, Lucy!!

Being there…

If you haven’t gone on an Impact Group trip consider this an encouragement to go! So many lasting relationships come from these trips. We have seen people grow up over the 30 years and our friendships have grown with them. Some folks have bonded on a trip and realized the impact of sponsorship so they became a sponsor and continue to correspond and develop meaningful friendships. Just making the effort to share what we’ve been blessed with whether it’s wealth or a skill or talent or simply being a friend has enduring benefits to each party involved.

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Some can’t make such a trip for various reasons like health, finances, etc. there are still ways to “be there”.  One lady friend sponsored a child who grew up and now has her own child, now my friend is sponsoring the child! The mother (now) considers my friend as family. Although my friend is old and unable to travel, we have helped her to communicate through letters and apps like Skype. My friend Annie, who is in the Philippines, has helped by using her knowledge and skills to prepare necessary administrative documents which we email back and forth between her country and our PN office, tweaking as we go! Now, she has offered to use some of her assessment skills on site in Haiti and in the U.S. office. We are looking forward to her visiting our board, and traveling to Haiti with us, in September. We can all “be there”, we just gotta figure out how…

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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!

Installing The Doors…and more!

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.

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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.

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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!

January Impact Group – What a trip!

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

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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.

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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!

Young Givers

We are so pleased to have several young people on our January Impact Team. They bring such vitality and energy! Plus it is just comforting to see benevolence in the next generation.

These guys have stopped their normal lives and focused on caring for strangers who are faced with a very difficult life. They took it upon themselves to collect and purchase goods and supplies to distribute in the various locations we visited. It was truly a joy to watch them pouring out themselves for others and seeing them make so many new friends! They have made a lasting impact on a lot of lives!

We are looking forward to many more young people joining our Impact Teams. We love the old-timers (like me!) too…I’m just appreciating the youth right now!

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…

Cabois Visit

It is no secret that we love Cabois. Being able to visit again was a pleasure. We had some clothes and shoes for teachers. We had food for the orphans and their families. We had some medical supplies and I even got to administer some first aid as a young man cut his foot while we were there. I washed the cut, applied some antibiotic ointment, and a bandage…voila! Good timing…right?! Also an elderly man was given some medicine and thanked us on our second visit because he was feeling better already! What a blessing to reach out in love and impact someone’s life!

It’s always special interacting with the children! Upon our arrival I addressed the kids and let them know it was good to see them again and what our plans were. We had some food for them and their families and of course lots of love and affection!!

Lucy had a lesson and an art handout for the “Haiti Partners” school children we visited. We just love to visit here where we have committed to work together with the people of Cabois. Hope you’ll help!

My Mom!

Check this out… my mom, Lucy, joined us on this trip! She said this will be her last trip as she thinks she’s too old…BUT we’ve heard that before…take a look at these photos and see what you think. Does she look like she’s not going back? Or like she’s too old? I don’t think so!

Let me try to explain. First we have Lucy meeting up with an old friend, Joy, and sharing a “taxi” together. Then she gets reacquainted with our Haitian director, Junior. And finally visiting with a young woman who was sponsored by Lucy’s friend when she was about the age of her own little baby who Lucy is enjoying holding!

Mom is probably already starting to save for the next trip and planning out what things she wasn’t able to accomplish this time!! 🙂

Travel Day!

The day has finally come…we’re going to Haiti! Wow all the efforts were in anticipation of this day and now it pays off! It’s, of course, cumbersome to travel these days with the increased security measures to deal with but that hasn’t squelched the excitement of this Impact Group! Everyone is so looking forward to a great week in Haiti that this is hardly an inconvenience.

Here is a picture trying to account for all of the luggage in Port Au Prince, and on the bus for the trip out to the Leogane region where we’ll be staying. It’s going to be a great week…I’m sure of it! There are a lot of things we want to accomplish and relationships to be made and others to be furthered.

Final Preparations

We had our initial group luggage packing party! There were decisions to make on what clothes and shoes would take priority (of course the children’s things for the orphanage won out!) and what medical items and hygiene articles we can fit…everyone is excited to be able to distribute care packages to those in need! We are so thankful to be going on this trip and touching the lives of many Haitian people! Four of the nine group members will be experiencing Haiti for the first time. That is always fun and exciting!

We have some learning tools; books, MP3 players, etc. which are always well received as most of the Haitian people are anxious to learn English, read notes from previous visitors, or look at pictures from our lives in the US. We ALL thrive on love and care!

I brought some watches to my jeweler friend, Mike Paradise, for batteries so I could give them away in Haiti. He thought it was a great idea and not only didn’t charge Project Nourish for the battery installs but also contributed several watches himself! I know from past experience that this type of gift is so appreciated…I can hardly wait to present them!

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We have been preparing and planning for our Impact team to go into Haiti in January. The passports, plane tickets, supplies, etc. We are so thankful for the contributions of several people which include clothes, shoes, medical supplies, solar flashlights, toys, and so on. We are planning to have a packing party to use all of the 2 each, 50lb. luggage allowance! It’s a little work going in but well worth it in what we can disperse throughout our stay! And we can rest later as we’ll be a lot lighter coming home…

If you have some items to contribute we sure welcome it! It is so rewarding to help out in this country so acquainted with adversity. To be able to make a difference is something we should all realize…