When we first stepped foot on Haitian soil in January 2010 to offer assistance in the wake of a catastrophic earthquake, we had no idea of the resulting chain of events that would change our lives and forever tie our hearts to Haiti. In the months and years following that fateful trip, we have experienced things we never planned for or imagined: the challenges of starting an international non-profit organization, the anxiety of making a long-term commitment to fifteen vulnerable young children, the joy of bringing sponsors into the lives of these children, the pain of losing a ministry partner in war, the heart-break of experiencing tragedy within the walls of Grace Children’s Home, and the indescribable pride of watching our boys overcome challenges as they mature physically, spiritually, emotionally, and educationally in the warm environment of a loving home.
While the challenges of the work have certainly been real, the rewards have been priceless. As we finish our fifth year of ministry in Haiti, we currently have thirteen boys, ages 6-13, in the Grace Children’s Home. We continue to partner with Pastor Lesly Bertrand to support his ministry in Croix-des-Bouquet and far beyond. The children of GCH receive three meals a day, private education at Grace Christian School, after-school tutoring and discipleship, the influence of loving house parents, and heavy involvement in the ministry of Grace Assembly Church. HOF has teamed with a partner ministry in an orphan prevention initiative that has helped to keep over 200 families together.
“While the challenges of the work have certainly been real, the rewards have been priceless!”
As we look forward, our attention goes to the future of our children beyond the Grace Children’s Home and beyond our day-school program. Children typically age out of orphanages around 17 years old, and education / strong trade skills are vital to successful survival as an adult in Haiti. We are currently seeking options for the best way to provide college education and trade school training for each of our children. Our ministry partner organization in Croix-des-Bouquets, Global Orphan Project, has piloted an exciting “Pathways” program that is meeting this growing need in Haiti.
As we move forward, we also hope to get more involved in the local community of Croix-des-Bouquets. We would like to bridge a partnership with a local medical clinic to better meet ongoing healthcare needs of not only our children but also the community at large. On our most recent trip, we learned of the need for medical care at another local orphanage. Dr. Bruce responded to the need by seeing and treating a number of very sick kids.
Through the treatment of one particular child, we were able to connect with a local clinic that aided in the recovery of a life-threatening illness. This new relationship with the local clinic has the potential to allow HOF to meet healthcare needs of the community on a larger scale.
Thanks for partnering with the Haiti Orphan Foundation as we continue our mission of bringing hope and provision to the children of Haiti through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Know that you are making a difference that will impact eternity.
On behalf of Tiga, Widson, and all the children of Grace Children’s Home… “THANK YOU!”