Haiti Micah Project is celebrating the building of our much needed new kitchen! Winds and rain from Hurricane Matthew devastated our makeshift kitchen that fed thousands of meals.
Thanks to our very generous donors, the new kitchen is becoming a reality. The structure is next to the vocational training center. It will have two floors, with dining upstairs. Cooking will be done on a gas stove, a critical improvement over the charcoal stoves so prevalent in Haiti. A new gas stove will allow for healthier air quality for our staff and children. Currently 50 million trees are cut down each year to make charcoal for cooking, causing soil erosion and mud landslides. The new gas stove will allow for healthier air quality for our staff and children and do our part to improve environmental challenges.
The Solar Energy Project
The solar energy project for the vocational training school has been completed! HMP thanks Rev. Kim Coleman, rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill and Grace Church in Alexandria, VA, St. Pauls’ Church, King George, VA, St. John’s Church, in Beltsville, MD, and all our donors who were so supportive of this project. The project was completed by a Haitian solar company and used Haitian workers.
Dick Frazer, a beloved and stalwart director of the Haiti Micah Project, has announced his retirement from the Board of Directors. During the Project’s first decade, Dick was instrumental in getting our small charity on a sound financial basis. He was a dedicated fund raiser, and he established our participation in the Combined Federal Campaign. He could be frequently seen representing us at numerous charity fairs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Dick helped us develop and maintain our website and Facebook page which has been so important in getting out our message. His positive attitude and friendly demeanor were always hallmarks of our Board meetings.
In his life and his actions, Dick Frazer embodies so many qualities of Christian charity – a gentleness, an empathy for the poor, and a quiet generosity of donating his time and resources. Dick put into action the words of the Prophet Micah "to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God."
On behalf of our Board of Directors, let me say a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dick Frazer, for your work among us and all that you’ve done for the children of Haiti. May God bless you and your family in the years to come.
Help Raise $75,000 for Our School Kids
A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste
United Negro College Fund motto, 1972
This year HMP needs to raise $75,000 to cover the educational costs of 400 children who attend their local elementary and high schools.
We need $1.00 a day to cover the cost of food. $2.00 a day covers the cost of food and education.
We can only make our goal with your generosity and compassion. Help change the life of a child by giving the gift of education. Your donation to the Sponsorship Program or to the Feeding and Education Program will help us meet this goal! For as little as $10.00 you can play a critical role in the life of a child.
Thus far, our donors have contributed $16,800 over the 2016 holidays and by the end of February a total of $22,700 has been raised! Thank you for a great beginning!
The Haiti Micah Project Feeding Program served almost 6600 meals during January. Every school day our wonderful staff prepares a nourishing meal for the children that come to us looking for what may be their only meal of the day. The number of children we fed in January varies each day with 300 meals being the lowest number and 450 being the highest number. We feed the children in shifts based on their school schedule. We are looking forward to moving into the new kitchen with its dining area soon. Currently the children have no tables to eat their lunch because they were destroyed by the winds and rain. The new kitchen will become a reality through the kindness of donors who responded so generously after Hurricane Matthew.
A Slice of Life at HMP
Haiti Micah Project is in the business of taking care of 450 children and families each day. Our able staff has effectively responded to many challenges on a daily basis for over ten years. The children generally range in age from 4-21 years old. Frequently children are brought to HMP by government officials looking for short term or long term care. But when this newborn baby girl was brought to the SAES Home for assistance, it was not your usual day! Her mother had died in child birth and there was no one to care for her. Thanks to our loving staff, the baby was cared for until distant relatives were eventually located.