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April 2015 Newsletter from Haiti Micah Project
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April 2015

Idaho 8th Graders Serve Up Crepes to Support HMP!


Smell the warm crepes, simmering cooked apples, and delectable toppings? That’s the eighth grade French class at Community School in Sun Valley, ID., baking to better the lives of the children at HMP. Inspired by what they learned about Haiti Micah Project during Rev. Constant’s visit last year, they again opened their hearts to improve the lives of children who don’t have what they have. With their knowledge of French cooking and the support of the entire school, they raised money to sponsor two children and provide additional funds for the Feeding and Education Program.

HMP thanks the class and their teacher Nancy Parsons-Brown for their dedication to our children and for their interest in learning about the challenges that Haiti faces. Your enthusiasm, hard work, and contributions help us improve lives each day.

Haiti's Water Challenges

Water availability in Haiti is complicated by where you live. Urban versus rural access differs widely. Only 65% of Haitians have access to safe drinking water. This year the first heavy rains of the wet season have recently flooded parts of the Haitian capital leaving at least six dead and damaging 8000 homes.

In contrast, the water supply in Mirebalais is depleted. It is dependent on poorly functioning generators located in nearby Cange. The city of Mirebalais is currently providing the community with bottled water, transported by trucks.

Cholera, which began just outside Mirebalais in the Artibonite River, is higher in 2015 than during the same period in 2012 and 2014. During the first two months, 7,225 Haitians were sick and 86 died from cholera.

Haiti Micah Project is responding to the water challenges in two principal ways. In 2011, we built a water treatment facility and potable water has been available to over 1000 students at St. Pierre school and to the children coming to our feeding program.

Haiti has two rainy seasons, from April to June and then again from September through November causing Haiti to have 560 times the amount of water needed for its total domestic needs.

In recognition that rainfall is such an underutilized and renewable resource, the engineer and builders at the HMP vocational training center have now designed a system that utilizes a cistern to take advantage of the rainfall and the multiple ways that this resource can be used.  

This article references: “Cholera will plague Haiti until water, sanitation crisis solved: experts”, March 27, 2015 Thomas Reuters Foundation.
Haiti Now (book) The Now Institute, UCLA, 2014.

In the photos below you can see the progress on the Vocational Training Center. The finishing touches are going onto the interior and exterior walls, laying concrete over the brickwork before painting. Preliminary wiring has been completed. Despite the ongoing water shortage in Mirebalais, the builders have been working hard and we're almost there!

Sponsor A Child

Thank you to our donors for your continued generosity to our Sponsorship Program. Through the last ten years you have enabled the Mirebalais staff to provide life-saving food, clothing, and educational opportunities to the hundreds of children who come each day needing help.

With multiple global crises, wars, and conflicts, and more recently the focus on Ebola control, you keep our children in the forefront of your thoughts, prayers, and generosity.

As Emmanuel writes,

“I appreciate very sincerely, your immense support and assistance you give to that nice program. . . . I do not find the right word[s] to express my gratitude to you.  Your kindness makes me feel the goodness of your heart, your charity, your great generosity.  I am so glad and proud to have you in my life.  You are very special for me and know that I always think of you and pray for you everyday.  I thank you for all that you do and what you will go on doing for me.  I thank you from all my deepest heart.  God will bless you for your perfect devotion. “

For more information on donating and sponsorship, go to our website at www.haiti-micah.org.  

 


You've heard Haiti Micah Project is celebrating our 10th anniversary with the $10 for 10 Campaign, where you can set up 10 recurring payments of $10 each to go toward feeding children in our program. More than 400 children of all ages in Mirebalais join us each day for a hot, nutritious meal. We started providing meals for 150 children in 2005, and the need continues to grow. Find out more about the campaign and how to give here.


 
Another great way you can support HMP is through The Referral Project (TRP).  If you or someone you know is selling or buying real estate, use TRP to find an agent and Haiti Micah Project will receive a donation, based on the agent's commission, when the real estate transaction closes. Click here to learn more: The Referral Project. There are many ways to support this important work, be bold and embrace the work of the spirit!
 

HMP Haiti Updates

 
If you would like to learn even more about what is happening in Haiti, go to our HMP Twitter feed where you will find daily updates from Haitian, US and international media.  

Recent stories include:
Baby Boy and Cholera--Dr. John Carroll shares stories and photos from his experiences as a doctor in Haiti. "What you must realize about a hopeless situation is that it’s just a situation — you are supplying the hopelessness.” (Tweet posted by Robert Brault.)

A beautiful photo essay by photographer Olivier Duong, who returned to his roots in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and found that "Haitians are the strongest people I know."
 
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