Posted on April 9th, 2014

Written by: Chelsea

Chelsea Youngman and Dan Cordaro are getting married!

Chelsea’s love of Haiti started young. We all had a friend Maureen Nielsen who loved Haiti and went to live in Haiti when Chelsea was young. Maureen worked in an orphanage and brought to Rochester a young girl Berta who needed heart surgery. Berta stayed in Chelsea’s home while she recovered from surgery and Maureen would tell stories of Haiti as she did Berta’s hair.

Maureen died in Haiti in 2001 while working in an orphanage for girls. Maureen died in the place she loved. Before she died she and I (Bridget) would communicate by email and I was planning to go down to Haiti but she died before I could. Her last email to me said she was going to have to check my luggage when I left because she knew I would want to bring one of her little girls home with me. When I decided to adopt I decided to adopt from Haiti because Maureen is right I wanted to bring one of her little girls home with me. Although Maureen did not work at Maison, her spirit was with me through the adoption process.
Chelsea has known Marena my daughter all of Marena’s life. Her love of Haiti continues to grow. Chelsea wanted to remember Maureen and her love of Haiti on her wedding day. Instead of spending money on a favor that most will just discard Chelsea and Dan wanted to provide for the Haitian children that Maureen loved so much. They chose Maison because this is the orphanage where Marena began her life and Marena is the one who told Dan to marry Chelsea the first time she met him!
We would all like to come to Maison next year to see the children and show them pictures of the wedding and bookmarks they helped to make. Marena is excited to see her first home and love the children who are just like her. Going to Haiti will fulfill a promise Chelsea and her mother made to visit the country Maureen loved so much.

Posted on April 2nd, 2014

The month of March here was very special. The  Haitian government  has chosen, years ago, March eighth to celebrate the women in the country. Haiti is full with women having great inside and outside beauty. Between all the reasons that make Haitian women special,there two that I would like to share with you.

The first one is the fact that more than fifty percent of our population are women. The represent a big economic force in our economy. You can find them in every level of our economy. They work very hard to take care of their families and give a future to their kids in a country where 70% of the population is not working. They are strong,resilient and persistent. They make all kind of business to sustain their families. They always have hope that tomorrow will be better. Years ago,Haiti started to give them access to the political realm. Our government counts now more than 25% of women in it. They have been proving themselves as compassionate people that really care of the sufferings of the population.

The other reason that makes women generally special is the privilege God has given them to be the door to the physical world. Any human being cannot access this physical world without passing by a woman. This is a principle that God set up since the creation. Jesus has to obey to that principle in coming thru Marie. God has created their body special to carry the baby,to nurse the new born and to take care of grown kids. Women are strong. Not every man can completely see his wife giving birth in the maternity without falling in unconsciousness. Their maternity sense is protectively higher than man. We owe them love,respect and protection.

To all the women in the world specially those that are serving Maison and FHG either in Haiti,in the States and in the world,we all, at the creche,want to unify our voice to tell you we love you and we are thankful for everything you have done to keep Maison running. We still have needs such as  formula,diapers,clothes,shoes and  financial needs. We will continue to be grateful to you(men and women) for any help you will send to our kids. May God bless you abundantly.

Bless you,
Pierre

Posted on April 1st, 2014

A Blog from Intern Ashley

Visit her blog at http://aleapoffaith12.blogspot.com/2014/03/out-with-old.html?m=1
I am very excited to share this post as it makes me smile from ear to ear thinking about it. I will start from the beginning especially for those who are not following the Pfaff's blog. The Pfaff family arrived in Haiti on March 3rd. The first week at the O they noticed the pieces of foam AKA the kids mattresses on the roof. When asked the reason behind this and if these were actually what they slept on- I think a little piece of their heart broke. The kids were sleeping on these pieces of foam that were pieces together with a bed sheet to make a semi full mattress. They are placed on the roof each morning to dry out because many of the children still wet the bed (this is very common in children who have been through trauma, and most of the children here, trauma is not a new terminology). So as we all stood there with our heart slowly breaking, it was then decided to do something about it. 

And so it began. Mary France informed us how many were needed, phone calls were made to get a price quote, wiring the funds took an act of congress, more phone calls were made due to a sudden price increase, frustration and heartache over the unnecessary drama, and then FINALLY it happened.  I am pretty sure the Big Guy upstairs was wore out from all our prayers for these mattresses to happen:) But it HAPPENED and the mattresses were ordered and would be delivered on Saturday around 4pm. 

The Pfaff crew was ecstatic- well, we all were- but due to the madness that happened we didn't tell the kiddos in case something went wrong, and then we would have to try and undo that excitement. 

Saturday was birth family day (see previous blog) and after they families left we were all outside playing with the kiddos when all of the sudden they all started cheering and jumping up and down. Jackson was here- and had all 23 mattresses!!!!!  The excitement was something I will never forget. What child do you know that gets excited over getting a new mattress. (Kind of reminded me of the undies day!!). Well I can tell you these kids get excited over new Mattresses!!!  I took some video but not sure if it will upload or not, so it will be pictures for now.

Garry helped Jackson unload the mattresses into the kids rooms while the nannies removed all the old ones.

It was a great ending to a wonderful month with the Pfamily and a perfect ending to Birth Day Visitation for the kids. I hope they slept like champions- of course the mattresses might need to be broken in first :)


out with the old...... 

Posted on March 29th, 2014

Here is a small portion from the blog post of our Intern Ashely. On her blog, she has some amazing posts about her life at Masion. You can visit her blog at http://aleapoffaith12.blogspot.com/

Today we celebrated all February and March Birthday. This is a total excuse, but with all the visitors these past few months the birthday celebrations fell short. 

Along with Christmas, I LOVE birthday, and I love to make them a huge deal- regardless if the other person wants it or not (wink wink). So I was feeling pretty crummy about not being able to make these as big of a deal as I do in the states, but we were still able to make it pretty special for them. And they had a good day. We celebrated with balloons and yummy cakes. And right before lunch... hopefully the nannies don't hate us too much. :)

Posted on March 29th, 2014

Here is an update from the Pfaff family blog. They are serving this month at Masion. To read more about their time at Masion, visit their blog at http://pfamilymission.com/
 

Usually Saturday is reserved for R&R and doing things outside of the orphanage. Today will be quite the opposite as we have a full day scheduled there. I am coming to terms with the fact that we will be leaving on Monday which is heartbreaking for so many reasons. It would take a miracle donation to allow us the opportunity to stay another few weeks, but stranger things have happened….right?

I can’t remember if we ever posted the update, but we were in fact able to purchase new mattresses for all of the boys and girls in the back. (If you are interested in hearing the full story of the mattress saga and how we got it done then leave comments below and I will write the post.) The excitement of giving them out today is somewhat countering my sadness about leaving Haiti. I wonder what their reaction will be? I’m guessing that they will be no different than I was when I was a kid. I know that when I got a gift that I NEEDED versus one that I WANTED, or better yet could PLAY with… my reaction was much different. I may be surprised and they might get really excited – I can’t wait to find out.

The other main event at the orphanage is that all of the birth families are coming today. Many of the children have voiced their excitement about this visit. Also, I have been told that many of them want to introduce us to their birth parents/family. What an honor. I am excited for this and hope my little knowledge of the language will suffice. I am also looking forward to observing their interactions today.  I have been privy to numerous conversations about adoptive parents/birth parents and opinions surrounding the relationships now and moving forward. I always just listen, as I have never been exposed to it. It is an interesting debate that I think honestly can’t be covered by a blanket approach. Every situation is different. Rhiana and I started the adoption process twice and both times it never moved passed the beginning stages for reasons outside of our control. We understand the hearts of the adopting families very well. I look forward to this opportunity and expect to be moved.

I promise to post more later – I have so much more to write about… but my hands are tired and sore from replacing screen windows yesterday. These aren’t the screens that you buy at Home Depot or Lowes. This is old school: pull down the frame, remove the old screen, cut and attach a new screen, and reinstall. No complaints – just a little whining and I want to have some life left in them for guitar with the children later today.

If you are moved to help us continue our efforts now OR in the future. Please partner with us.

 


Posted on March 26th, 2014

We are so thankful for all the donations made to the orphanage to keep the children safe and happy. Your donations make huge difference.  Life in Haiti is hard, and is very expensive. For example, we spend around $1,200 a month for the orphanage to have clean water. Water is brought in on our water truck. We also water brought in coolers for the children to drink.  We have a lot of laundry at the orphanage. We employ local Haitian women to wash clothes everyday. They work very hard to scrub the clothes clean. These are just a few of the many things your donation provides. We also provide security, food, shelter, nannies, school and much more. To make a tax-deductible donation please visit our website www.forhisgloryoutreach.org
 

Posted on March 24th, 2014


Posted on March 24th, 2014


Posted on March 24th, 2014

We are so incredibly grateful because we have received a truckload of food donated for the children, staff and friends of the orphanage. In this video, the children are celebrating the food. Please read the blog post from a family who is helping at Maison. We are so beyond excited and grateful for this food, and sharing with others as well.

http://pfamilymission.com/full-circle/


Posted on March 20th, 2014

The children had a great lesson on the importance of brushing their teeth!

Posted on March 18th, 2014


Posted on March 17th, 2014

Birthday Party that Makes a Difference

Emily is a sweet girl that has a heart for the children in Haiti. Instead of receivng birthday presents for herself, she asked for donations for the children at Maison. She is truly an example for all of us to follow. Thank you so much Emily for making a difference. The children thank you too! Here's part of the letter she wrote.
 

Posted on March 16th, 2014

Pfaff Pfamily Mission

Back in Nashville, Gary is a songwriter and touring country artist. Rhiana stays home, schooling the kids. The girls, Gracie (12) and Clover (5), live somewhat normal American kid lives. We felt a calling from God to serve and followed our hearts to Haiti for a month-long mission trip to  Maison. With no real plan, other than to help where needed, we began this adventure with fundraising and prayer. God showed up time and time again, proving that we were in fact following His voice. So here we are, in Haiti, for the first time. Gary has been taking care of several repair projects around the property as well as working on songs to sing with the children. Rhiana is helping in the school, and will be teaching English/phonics with Clover as her "assistant". Gracie is helping with the little ones - toddlers and babies. The entire Pfamily is spending afternoons playing and making new friends with all of the kids at Maison. After just a week, we are in love with Haiti and already making plans to come back!

Posted on March 15th, 2014

Check out Gary Ray's new release One More Trip Around the Sun. The kids at Masion really enjoyed it. Gary and his family are serving at Masion for the month of March. Learn more about their family in an upcoming article.

by Pierre on March 7th, 2014

Words from Pierre

Haitian calendar has many celebration dates, but the biggest one is Carnival. Every year we celebrate it either in February or March. It is the biggest because it takes few days for the celebration, it involves most of the sectors in the nation life and it carries a lot of emotion. Carnival always takes three days and half for itself. We start to celebrate it on Friday with the students. Usually, schools work normally, but the students come with thei rdecorations, dress in funny ways and bring masks to live that celebration inside of their schools and Universities. It is interesting to see the kids with their little masks dancing and singing during the day. On Sunday night, the largest park we have in Port-au-Prince whose name is “Champs-de-Mars” is full of people from everywhere and musical bands to animate the moment. It is a relaxing time and an artful time for the Haitian people. Many artists profit to display their artworks, create new types of mask and design colorful drawings. On Monday, we always work half day so that people can get ready for Monday night. They will spend the whole night enjoying themselves with music from different musical bands ,eat, drink, sing, dance. OnTuesday which is the big day, activities start early in the evening and finish in Wednesday morning. The government sometimes allows Wednesday off so that people can rest. The Carnival gathers many sectors in the Haitian life. It brings a lot businesses for hotels, restaurants, hardware stores because of platforms to build, transportation inside and outside the country.

Since, Martelly got elected, he celebrates the Carnival in the different big cities of Haiti. In his first year, it was in Les Cayes(south), last year Cap-Haitian(north) and this year in Gonaives(artibonite). These cities benefit some improvements like better roads, more electricity and more tourism. It is a good publicity for the cities. We have interesting historical monuments on the Island which can attractmore visitors here. During the carnival period, there are a lot of emotions. It is ananti-stresstime where people just relax,enjoy their friends, sing and dance. The Haitian government usually has a break from all the protestations. It is one of the reasons the government highly finances it. As Christians, we don’t celebrate Carnival. During this period, churches go to the country with their youth associations to discover the beauty of the Island and to stay away from the carnival environmentwhich is always polluted by bad songs, badwords and inappropriate behaviors. We use this time also to pray, make retreats and have different gatherings. As we are using this period for spiritual activities, please join us in prayers for the orphanage because we are facing some challenges. Our Lord is always faithful.

We need your help in anyway to keep this Ministry running. Your donations are very valuable to us. Thanks for you attention. May God bless you.

Pierre

Posted on March 5th, 2014


Posted on March 5th, 2014

I feel  Iam an excellent candidate for the internship with For His Glory because I have an indispensable gift of offering my medical knowledge to the orphanage. In brief, I would like to work with the nurses, physicians, staff, and children on effective techniques to reduce the rate of infection as well as help implement new training material. In addition, I would like to work with and educating the nannies and children about health issues and ways to improve personal health and hygiene. This work will consist of helping them with organizational skills, training on sterile technique, clinical work, and fundamental nursing care. My service to the orphanage will include well baby checkups as well as provide more complex care as needed. Words cannot begin to express the gratitude for the opportunity that has been presented to me to serve acommunity less fortunate and so in need of the vital skills that I have developed during my nursing career. In addition to my medical knowledge I will bring, my goal is to provide a helping hand to the orphanage and the community by enhancing the educational, health and spiritualdevelopment to Maison des Enfante de Diue. I am beyond excited about the opportunity and experience that lie ahead, and look forward to doing God’s work.

Posted on March 5th, 2014

My name is Brooke Finocchiaro and I am a senior at North Kingstown High School. For my senior project, I wanted to do a fundraiser to raise money for the children at For His Glory Outreach, the orphanage my cousins had been adopted from four years ago. I knew that this fundraiser would be successful because three years prior, my sister had done a similar fundraiser for her senior project. My original goal for the fundraiser was 1,000, enough money to pay for the monthly water bill. On March 1st, I held a pancake breakfast at Applebee's. The week before the breakfast, during every lunch my friends and I went around collecting donations. I was surprised to see how generous people were being and how many people were buying tickets for the pancake breakfast. The turnout to my pancake breakfast was around 85 people. With all the donations people gave, and the amount of tickets sold for the pancake breakfast, I managed to raise around $1,800 for the children at For His Glory. Not only did I reach my goal, I exceeded it. I am very grateful for all my friends and family who supported me throughout my senior project.





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