April 2014 Newsletter from Haiti Micah Project
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April 2014

Editor’s Update-from Sarah Bushman

Happy and blessed Easter season to you, our readers, and to all your friends and family who have helped support the Haiti Micah mission in Mirebalais. It has been over two years since Father Constant asked if I could take on editing the newsletter. Anyone who has done this type of work knows it is not easy. I need to coordinate with other board members for story ideas and information, gather and edit content, and format everything correctly, all by a monthly deadline. There are times I can barely juggle my full-time job with my volunteer work, and how do I find time for a social life? Then I see the photo fellow board member Karen Wires sends to me for the monthly Sponsor A Child section (see the sweetheart this month below!) and I am reminded that most of my busy-ness is ephemeral and will be gone tomorrow. But the promise of Haiti’s children will last.

I have been blessed to travel to Haiti twice, first as an HMP volunteer in 2006 and later as a board member in 2011 when we opened the water purification center. My first trip to Haiti was my first ever to a ‘developing’ country. I boarded a plane 9 months after that introduction to start my Peace Corps service in West Africa. My first thought when I stepped onto the tarmac in Nouakchott, Mauritania, was that it smelled just like Haiti. I was catching the scent of charcoal cooking fires! Both countries have the challenges of scarce energy resources and massive deforestation. That first sense of connection stayed with me throughout my service and when I returned to Washington, DC, I jumped back into the work of HMP. During my second trip, I met the children in the SAES home and will never forget the loving, chaotic greetings of hugs and questions and kisses.

There have been moments I was afraid that I would not have the time or energy or willingness to do my part in the work of HMP. The promise of Easter reminds me that, with God, there is always enough. There are hundreds of smiling faces in a town called Mirebalais in Haiti and my life, and yours, and theirs are connected. We will all “press on toward the goal.”  


Dream Dresses

How many ways can you use a pillowcase?  Thanks to the creativity and generosity of Marcia Hoyt, Coordinator of the Pillow Case Dress Project, at Fisk United Methodist Church, Natick, MA, little girls at the Haiti Micah Project are wearing beautiful new dresses made from pillowcases.

Marcia also inspired Marge Rogers, Ruth Breden, and Bobbie Hayes, members of the Knitting and Sewing Circle of the Wellesley, MA Village Churchwomen, to begin their own dress project.

Haiti Micah Project is very appreciative of all the dresses given to our little girls and of the sewing efforts and contributions these dresses represent.  


Sponsor A Child  

Why sponsor a child?

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.  Sponsorships enable us to provide not just food,  but also scholarships and necessities for many children in the HMP program. Are you ready to help change the world?

Children at Haiti Micah Project 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  Click “How You Can Help.”  Make your donation and complete the application from.


Mother’s Day

Flowers are wonderful on Mother’s Day, but consider giving a gift that lasts a lifetime. Your donation to Haiti Micah Project in her name will give a child the gift of food and education. This is a special way to honor the woman who helped give you the best chance at life, by giving another child the same. To donate, go to How You Can Help on the website and click Donations. A very happy Mother's Day to all the amazing women who support Haiti Micah and our families.


Don't forget that you can donate to Haiti Micah simply by shopping, with AmazonSmile! Follow this link for the easy instructions.

Fast Trak Racing Season Begins!

Spring is here and that means it’s time to get outside and race for Haiti Micah! Fast Trak Racing  begins their 2014 season May 10 in Fort Hunt Park, Alexandria, VA at 9am. When you sign up, you can designate part of your entry fee to go to HMP. So dust off those running shoes and meet us at the starting line!


In Memoriam

Haiti Micah Project has lost a faithful friend and supporter, Jeanne Pudoff Oyen, a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Sun Valley, Idaho. We extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude to her husband, Gary, and family. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

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