Our old 5 seater car has really had a busy life and has served us well. Sadly it is on it’s last legs and spends more days at the car mechanics than it does with us! When we need to pick up rice to feed the school, get food, propane gas etc we have to borrow someone else’s pick up. This often results in the borrowed truck breaking down and then we have to pay also to get this also fixed. So we are launching our 2014 appeal to raise funds for a new (and reliable!) truck. We’d like to tell you a bit about why a truck is so important to us at Hope House, Haiti…
The Farm //
Our Farm, once a dream, is really developing. We are so thankful to God for entrusting the animals and chickens to us, helping us to become more sustainable. For any of you who have not visited us, we live in quite a remote area and it requires driving almost an hour over rough terrain to get most of the basic needs.
In addition, our cows are also back on our base as we needed to make sure they were cared for properly. The cows provide much needed milk for the children in the house, but we don’t have any vegetation for them to eat on the school grounds. However, there is an opportunity to collect free waste vegetation from the market, but we cannot do this without our own transport. We have also got our second batch of 800 baby chickens which will need to be transported to market when they have grown, again, this is almost impossible without proper transport to do so.
As you can see, the need for a reliable diesel pick up truck is now an urgent priority. Another bonus of a pick up means that we can sanitise the back of the truck for the various farming purposes enabling us to clean it and use it for transporting the kids, those who come out to serve us and take sick people to the hospital when required.
We are delighted that as we launch this campaign we have just received confirmation that we have been granted UK charity status, which means we can now claim gift aid on all donations from tax payers as well.
If you would like to help us by contributing towards our work and specifically to the truck appeal, you can donate online via our website which has a Paypal button, or you can contact us for bank transfer details.
We are so grateful for your prayer and support in meeting our needs.
|Celicia with her brothers|
Celicia came to see her brothers Jilbert and Wilner in November 2010 right about the time I was praying for someone to come and help because I had 17 children to care for, with only Pierre Richard to help me! Celicia arrived and said that she would take the job. What an answer to prayer.
She was a faithful maid, but she later decided that she didn’t want to be paid, instead she wanted to be our daughter. From a faithful servant to a faithful daughter.
She was an innocent girl who believed in Santa for the first two years she was with us!
Celicia is 23 years old and is in 5th grade. She asked to have a business selling candies and cookies so we helped her start up the business. She is now selling the produce in school. Since as a family we help each other, Vanessa one of the older girls is helping her with the business while Celicia goes to school. It is so good to see Celicia’s confidence grow as she has started her own business.
A dream is becoming a reality…
|Our wonderful banner donated by local printers ‘Forest Litho’|
What a wonderful afternoon we have had! This afternoon the UK charity was launched at Bolney School, with Yvrose present, the local press turning up to take photos and what’s more the rain held off and we had fun in the sunshine!
It’s so exciting to have Yvrose here with us and what an amazing testimony she gave at school today, I think most of the women in the room were in tears! She told us a bit about her background and how the orphanage and school were begun. She shared how difficult it can be, especially to see the children going without. I think the most moving thing was when she talked about children having to go to bed hungry and upset because they haven’t eaten and how heartbreaking that is.
But she also talked about God’s amazing provision and how he showed her where he wanted her and Pierre Richard to be, and how he provides for their needs.
|Yvrose talking in school|
It was wonderful that the Chair of governors spoke also, and he shared how important it is for us to recognise all that we have and how we can help and bless others who are far less fortunate. The Head of the school also talked about how it was a privilege to have Yvrose with them this week and how much the children had learnt from her.
The children sang two songs in creole which Yvrose had taught them just the day before and they sang with such joy, it was great to see them really enjoying it! Then two of the boys played the Haitian National Anthem and outside the flag was raised.
Afterwards there were cream teas and refreshments organised by the amazing school PTA and the older children had organised games stalls to raise money. There was a wonderful atmosphere and lots of buzz, people talking about Hope House and how inspiration Yvrose is. A fantastic afternoon all round.
So we are official! There’s a few bits to sort out before we can include a ‘donate’ button on here (!) but we do have a website at hopehousehaiti.com so do check it out!
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News…
My husbands grandfather Percy was one of 9 boys. The family could not afford to buy shoes for all the boys so they shared a few pairs between them. Taking it in turns to go to school to be educated only when they were wearing the shoes. That is what happened in England 90 years ago.
On my recent trip to Haiti I discovered the importance of shoes. The terrain is rough, walking in flip flops is a dangerous occupation. But many of the children in the community near Hope House do not possess shoes, and if they do they will be ill fitting. Pride in appearance is very important, this means polishing the dust off each day with your finger.
We didn’t know much about this boy and he has no idea what an impact he has had on our family, but he has been faithfully remembered and prayed for by my son. I was under instruction to get an up to date photo of Ledmond this year. I asked the teachers could I see him but he wasn’t there. I wasn’t quite expecting the reply: “He can not come to school because he has no shoes! ” He missed out on the special treats that day, (though I entrusted some supplies to the teacher). It broke my heart, I had to walk away and gather my composure and wipe away my tears.
Children have power within their hands to make a difference. What can you inspire your kids to do…?