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March 2014 Newsletter from Haiti Micah Project
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March 2014

President’s Update-from Father Joseph Constant

 

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
 
I continue to be amazed at the dedication, from all over the United Sates, of so many individuals and communities to the Haiti Micah Project.  On behalf of our brothers and sisters in Haiti, I want say, thank you
 
With your help and support we are making a difference in the lives of God’s children in Mirebalais, Haiti.   The creativity and love that sustain this ministry are truly inspiring.  I am convinced this ministry springs from and is guided by the Holy Spirit.  With your help, we can serve hot meals to 500 children, who have come to depend on this meal for their daily sustenance.  We ensure that every child attends school and has access to school supplies and other personal needs.  Through our Water Treatment Center, we continue to provide clean drinking water to the children and the community.  At the SAES Home, we provide 24-hour care to 27 children, and also open our doors to children in distress and in need of temporary shelter while the Department of Social Services locates a relative willing to care for that child or young person. 
 
We rejoice knowing that we are responding to God’s call to care for the “least of these” in our midst.  I give God thanks for each and every person who offers their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life of God’s children in Mirebalais, Haiti. 
 
Again, I give God thanks for you and your faith community for your continued support.  I pray for God’s continued blessings upon you and your family as you continue on your Lenten journey. 
 

Re-envisioning haiti-micah.org

If you have visited www.haiti-micah.org recently, you noticed a big change. We have redesigned our website to more fully reflect what we do and how we have grown in the past 9 years.

We began feeding meals to 200 vulnerable children in Mirebalais, Haiti in 2005 and now feed over 500 in addition to housing and caring for 27 orphaned and displaced children and providing school fees and supplies to many others.  

This happened because while we continue to respond to immediate needs, we also look ahead to anticipate future needs. The website is part of our forward-thinking. We want to bring the needs of the children to the forefront and make sure you, our supporters, friends and partners, know what is happening every day in Haiti’s central plateau and how you can help. We also want to find new ways to reach those who are interested in our work and want to learn more.

The new website makes it easy to sign up for newsletters and information. You can also interact directly with news articles and blogs through the comments sections.

One exciting addition is Amazon Smile. We are now a partnering organization on Amazon.  Sign up for Amazon Smile on your regular Amazon account and every time you make a purchase, a portion will go to your designated charity. It’s quick and easy. Follow the instructions here to sign up. It’s another great way to get involved while doing something fun (shopping!).

This new design is not static. With the help of web designer Adam DeSio (DeSio Studios), we will continue to grow and expand, not just our site, but our mission for the children of Haiti.

Introducing Sue McIver!  


The HMP Board is very happy to welcome new board member, Sue McIver. Sue heard of HMP when looking for a way to help after the 2010 earthquake. “I didn’t want to just contribute to a large international organization.  I was looking for a way to give that wouldn’t be impersonal. Joyce Mercer, a friend in my band who teaches at the seminary where Father Constant also taught shared information about the Haiti Micah Project’s work in Mirebalais.  It was the perfect fit.   HMP was already on the ground helping the Haitian people.” Sue was interested in our work with vulnerable children, especially those “who can easily fall through the cracks in times of crisis.”

Sue came to DC from Kentucky for college and stayed to pursue a career with the federal government. She retired in 2006. In addition to bringing new perspectives and energy to the board, Sue plays in and Irish band!  She is also a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, volunteers at Carlyle House in Old Town, and is a Book Buddy for two first graders at Maury Elementary School.

Welcome Sue!

We also had a nice surprise at our March board meeting. Board member Col. Ossen D'Haiti (in red) stopped by the meeting during a short trip home from his overseas deployment. We were so happy to see him!

Sponsor a Child

Why Sponsor a Child?

Sponsoring a child through Haiti Micah expresses faith, hope and love.  Anne

Currently we have 270 sponsors who are the backbone of our work.  Our goal for 2014 is to provide a sponsor for each of our 500 children.  Are you ready to help change the world?
 

Children at Haiti Micah Project, like Youmie Zetrenne, on the left,  need your help. We are asking you to contribute $300 a year to help offset the full cost of supporting a child. You too can become a sponsor who brings hope and confidence to a young child.
  
Go to our website at www.haiti-micah.org.  Click “How Can You Help.”  Make your donation and complete the application form. 

 

 
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