Our primary ministry is running the boys' home, but we also have had many opportunities to partner with local ministries and to become friends with Haitians that have started their own businesses. We are proud to support local entrepreneurs striving to make a living through creative ventures. Some of the opportunities we've had include running Vacation Bible Schools, hosting clinics to distribute reading glasses, serving meals to school children, teaching music and dance at the schools. We are excited to be able to work and support these fellow country men and women:
Bethesda - since 2004
Pastor Nathan and his wife, Mme Olive started a church and school in their home that was located in the Delmas area of Port-au-Prince over 10 years ago. On the day of the earthquake in 2010, Pastor Nathan was in Florida, but their home and church/school were severely damaged. Fortunately, Mme Olive and their triplets were miraculously able to make it out safely from the third floor. And since the earthquake happened at nearly 5 pm, school was already out for the day and no students were hurt. The building has been slowly repaired over the past 7 years, and there are now over 300 children attending school there. On Sunday mornings, the church on the first floor is full. In fact, on most Sundays, people spill out into the street for the 6 am service!
Would you consider purchasing uniform(s) for the children? Although children can attend school without a uniform, Pastor Nathan and Mme Olive have found that students perform better when they have a uniform. Each uniform costs $20 US. To contribute, please send an email to Nancy Turner at [email protected] and let her know you would like your donation be used to purchase uniforms for Bethesda.
Canaan - since 2010
After the earthquake, many people relocated from the downtown area to a barren mountainside north of the city. Families had nothing and were living in tents. Pastor Nathan started a ministry there, and there is now a large community there, including a church, school, medical clinic and office building. On most Sundays, more than 600 people attend church there.
Galilee - Water Station, School and Church - since 2014
In September 2014, Pastor Nathan was made aware of another relocation community a little further north of Canaan called Galilee. These people had nothing, and there was no infrastructure there. As he got to know the people, he saw that they had a great need for water. He was able to build a small water station (right top), and is now selling the water at cost. It means that these people can get water nearby (it is very difficult to carry water when you have no car and when the nearest store is at least a 15 minute walk in the hot sun).
Next, the children needed a school (right bottom). There are almost no public schools in Haiti, and most of the children in this community were not able to pay for, and therefore able, to go to school. The school started in the fall of 2014, and already, there are about 250 students. And on Sunday, over 300 people come for church. Over the 2015-16 winter timeframe, more than 30 people accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior!
FBSA Haiti was founded by Eddy Destiné, who believes a solution for Haiti depends on Haitians. Mr. Destiné established FBSAHaiti in the year 2000, with the vision of changing the living conditions of the people in La Plaine, Croix-des-Bouquets (on the northern outskirts of Port-au-Prince).
Many patients are unable to pay the full cost of treatment, so running the clinic is expensive. To help offset costs and move towards becoming self-sustainable, they opened a nursing school in 2014. Nurses are needed throughout Haiti, and students that graduate from the four year program will be able to serve throughout Haiti.
Visit their website at www.fbsahaiti.com
Yvenise makes jewelry from recycled material or what is available, such as cardboard and cloth. You can purchase necklaces, bracelets, earrings or matching sets along with key-chains.
Her items are very colorful and you can choose between many colors. Please contact Nancy Turner at [email protected] for options and prices.
Schneider Dorcela is a longtime friend of Love and Grace, and has been providing for his seven brothers and sisters for over a decade by designing and making beautiful handcrafted bracelets for missionaries and visitors to Haiti. We are excited to be able to offer these bracelets through Love and Grace for the first time online!
All proceeds will go directly towards Schneider's brothers' and sisters' education.