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2015 January Newsletter from Haiti Micah Project
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January 2015

President's Update

The best way to describe this ministry that God has blessed us with is Faith in Action.  The Haiti Micah Project continues to expand in ways that we could not have predicted almost ten years ago. And our successes and growth bring both blessings and challenges. It is a blessing to know that we are changing the lives of God's children in Haiti. The strength of our program in Mirebalais has also led to repeated requests to expand our services and programming. Our feeding program is at capacity as is our residential program. We are working hard to balance the demands in the community with the need to ensure high quality programs. As our children grow up, we want our graduates to have opportunities to earn a living wage and break the cycle of poverty.
 
To that end, we are excited about the progress of our first major construction project, The Vocational School. The builders are now working on the second levelNext week, they will begin working on the second floor roof. It has been a blessing to see how many individuals are working on this project, some as day laborers. Given the high level of unemployment, it is fulfilling to know that we are providing employment to so many Haitians, even if it is for a short period of time. It is important to highlight this critical aspect of our work; livelihoods for the community. 

The City of Mirebalais has donated approximately six acres of land for SAES and Haiti Micah Project.  The land was surveyed which will allow us to plan for its future development.  We are in the process of securing the site with fencing.  We have also installed signage at the entrance that indicates the land as the future site of HMP and SAES.  We are grateful for the cooperation among the various members of the local and federal government.    

The future is bright for HMP and SAES and we thank you for your support and commitment to our efforts.   
 
Faithfully,
Father Joseph M. Constant


Your time and generosity have made so many victories possible. As we begin the HMP 10th Anniversary celebration this year, there will be more challenges and more blessings. We look forward to sharing this special year with you and the all the members of HMP!

 

Felisitasyon, James!


HMP is proud to announce the graduation from high school of James Estavil. James graduated from Lycee National and we look forward to helping him plan his goals for the future. James was born in July 1993 and was a teenager and among the first children accepted into the HMP feeding and education programs. James is unique in Haiti, where only one in five children enter high school and only 2% are able to pass the Haitian National Exams and graduate from high school. Roughly 1/3 of youth between the ages 15-24 are illiterate. It is not unusual for 20 year old students in Haiti to attend high school because they may be late in starting school and may leave to help support their families. His graduation is testimony to his resilience and steadfastness in achieving his goals. It is also recognition of what a team of HMP supporters in Haiti and the US can provide.  

James is sponsored by St. James Episcopal Church in Indian Head, MD
 

Sponsor A Child

Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.  Proverbs 11:25

The Sponsorship Program was begun in the earliest years of HMP and has been the backbone of the feeding and education program and the SAES Home. Without the generous support of our sponsors and donors, HMP could not respond to the challenges that face Haitians every day. Each day 400 children come to us for their food for the day. It may be their only food.  All are attending school because sponsors have generously donated funds that pay the expenses associated with school access. None of this is possible without the help of sponsors and donors. For less than $1.00 a day, you can help to provide critical support so that another child is provided the necessary basics.  We want each child to not only survive, but to thrive.

For more information on donating and sponsorship and how your donation is used, go to our website at www.haiti-micah.org.  

On this 10th anniversary year, we are grateful for all who have participated in the sponsorship program.  In thanksgiving, we share Emmanuel Joseph’s Prayer below.
 

Watch over all the members of the Haiti Micah Project. 
Oh Lord, as their days increase,
bless them and guide them wherever they may be.
Strengthen them when they stand.
Comfort them when discouraged-or sorrowful.
Raise them up when they fall and in their hearts may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of their lives through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

 

Written by Emmanuel Joseph, SAES Resident, 16 years old.
 

 

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