Posted on July 25th, 2014

Dance Week at Maison


Posted on July 10th, 2014


Posted on July 10th, 2014

Things are going smoothly here at Maison! Ever since us interns have gotten here, the big thing we’ve been working on is discipline. We’re trying to use positive reinforcement as much as possible when kids listen, obey, and help out around the orphanage. We’ve started a star chart, where kids can earn stars by behaving well, but can also lose stars when they disobey. If a kid gets 10 stars they get candy, and once they get 20 stars we’ll bring them to the store and they can pick out something to drink.

Recently we’ve had some birth parents come to the orphanage to visit, and there have been some adoptive families that have come by also. Some kids are leaving to go home with their parents soon!

We’ve been spending some really good one on one time with the babies in baby room one to help with their development. They get plenty of time outside of the cribs, but it’s also important for them to be held and get their own time with someone. We’ve also been trying to get the toddlers and kids in baby room two out of their rooms more often. Sometimes we bring them and color with chalk to get the creativity flowing, and other times we go play on the porch.

Overall things are going well! We’ve seen some positive changes since the star chart, and are having a really good time with the kids!


Posted on June 26th, 2014

WHAT IS MAISON?

Maison de Enfants de Dieu is located in the Delmas area of Port au Prince, Haiti.  The several-acre campus includes one main building that houses two baby rooms, the toddler room, 2 offices, some storage areas, a medical office, and a small multi-purpose room that is used for preschool in the mornings and other activities as needed.   The front porch is often occupied with visitors, children, and staff. 
 
In the back there is a lot of open space, including a long driveway where vehicles can be parked and a large area for the laundry to be done (by hand, daily, by local women).
  There is one large covered concrete pavilion and another smaller one where the kids jump rope, play, etc.  A second building holds a kitchen area, three more rooms for kids (girls, boys, and older girls), a school area upstairs, and some storage for tools, food, and more.
There is also a small greenhouse-type portable building that is sometimes used for long-term guests and/or storage. 
 
Maison is supported financially by For His Glory Adoption Outreach; both are 100% dependent on the generosity of people who have a heart for the children there and choose to give financially.  We desire a true partnership with those who give financially, and hope that they pray for the children and staff as well.

FINANCES/NEEDS

Some of the monthly expenses include the following:

Diapers:

It costs about $25,700 to run the orphanage effectively every month.

The girls’ room houses ten girls ranging in age from 4 to 8.
It is painted purple and they sleep on bunk beds.  These girls attend school daily at Maison, except in the summer.  All the kids wear uniforms to school.  Lessons are in English.

 
The boys’ room houses thirteen boys ranging in age from 4 to 12.    It has a bathroom and was recently painted with a superhero/skyscraper theme by a visiting group. The boys sleep in bunk beds. During the school year (September-May), they attend school upstairs for half a day, where they work on basic reading and math skills.
 
The older girls’ room houses nine girls ranging in age from 9 to 12.  The girls also sleep in bunk beds.  They have a little “extra” room to store some personal items, including shoes and clothes; most of the other children at Maison dress daily from whatever clothing was most recently washed.
 
Baby room 1 houses ten infants, who sleep in stacking cribs.  Angelica also resides in the infant room where she can get plenty of personal care from the baby nannies.  The baby room has a washing/changing room and storage closet where many baby supplies are stored.    
 
Baby room 2 houses ten older infants, who sometimes join the toddlers during the day to play and interact.   They sleep on toddler beds and eat more “real food” than the little babies.
 
The toddler room houses twelve toddlers, and is the place to be if you have a lot of energy!  They are mobile and verbal!  Some of them spend a lot of time on a side porch and others enjoy standing at the windows that open onto the front porch and “talking” to whoever is on the front porch. 
 
Each room has at least two nannies with the kids at all times, and a nurse is on the premises at all times.    Nannies work 12 hour shifts, and their job includes child care, some cleaning, but mostly loving on the kids!
Children eat three times a day; their diet includes a lot of rice, beans, and corn, along with some meat and other produce.  All children bathe twice daily; the boys have regular professional haircuts by a barber who visits Maison and the girls have their hair done by the nannies every few days.
Maison is blessed to have a secure facility with at least one security guard working the front gate at all times.  The children are safe and loved at Maison, and we pray that you will pray for each child’s future, both here on earth and eternally!
 

OUR GOAL

THE GOAL
Our goal is to join with 200 sponsors who will give $35/month and pray for Maison. The funds will be used for the entire operation of Maison. As a sponsor, we want you to feel connected to the kids, nannies, and other staff at Maison.  You will receive a monthly update with pictures and links to blogs of those working at Maison. 
 
NOW WHAT?
Please join us For HIS Glory in providing for the daily needs of the children at Maison.  Every gift you give is tax-deductible and you will be provided with a receipt for tax purposes.  If you would like to give more than $35 a month, please feel free to do so!  One-time donations are appreciated as well, but monthly sponsorships helps us plan more effectively and consistently for the future.  Please join the sponsorship program by visiting our website at www.forhisgloryoutreach.org and our Sponsorship Program page.
If you have questions about the sponsorship program, please email info@forhisgloryoutreach.org.

For more informatin or to download this information, please click here. We would be honored if you passed this information along to churches, family, friends and organizations.

Posted on June 9th, 2014

Last Saturday, Maison was invited to celebrate with IBESR during the International Day for Protection of Children. They had a great time!

Posted on May 29th, 2014

It's that time of the year again! We are trying to raise funds to pay for rent. Would you consider making a donation to help us pay for rent? The children and staff thank you! We need to raise $15,000 quickly to pay for rent. Please visit our donate page to make a donation!

Posted on May 29th, 2014

Interns play an important role at Maison. We are so grateful for all the past Interns who have given up so much to serve at Maison. This summer we will have 3 Interns serving at Maison. Will you please commit to praying for them?

Meet Camp & Allyson
They are a sweet young married couple who will be serving unitl August at Maison. Here is what they wrote about their first few days in Haiti.

Our first few days of our 3 month stay in Haiti have been awesome!
 Camp and I have been getting accustomed to the O and trying to tackle the hard task of learning as many of the kids names as possible. We've also been searching for the best way to use our talents to improve the children's lives. We plan on using our time here to give each child one on one time at least once a week. We'll use this one on one time to work on reading, English, math, etc... And also just to love on them! We're really looking forward to the rest of our time here with these great kiddos and workers at the O! We really appreciate all the prayers and support!

Thanks!
Allyson and Camp

Posted on May 20th, 2014

***Thank you all so much for your prayers and support, we are safely and happily in Haiti and had a great first day!***

We arrived in Port au Prince this morning (5/19) around 9:30 and were picked up by the orphanage driver Jackson who took us straight to Maison (the orphanage). We were attacked greeted by many enthusiastic familiar faces who we were so glad to see. Some of the older kids were in classes, so we mainly held some sweet babies, met the couple from Austin who will be at Maison interning for three months, and played with little kids.

We had a hot Haitian lunch (rice and bean sauce) and then planned out some things for the afternoon. After lunch we played bingo with the kids. Some of the kids totally understood and had no problem while others needed help. The picture makes it look 99% more peaceful than it actually was.
[haiti may 2]
Mom and I (K) went with the intern couple to look for some fresh fruit on the streets, where we found a lot of people selling casino cookies (DELICIOUS) and drinks, but no one selling fruit. We finally found a woman with a basket full of pineapples who sold us one; mission accomplished! We read books with some of the kids and played jump rope with others.

At about 5 pm we went back to the guest house and had a special dinner of hamburgers, french fries, and fried plantains. It is now 8 pm and storming here, and we’re all tired and ready for some rest. I will probably try to blog every few days, depending on what’s going on around here. Thank you so much for all the prayers!!!

James 2:17

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.


Posted on May 9th, 2014

We received this beautiful email from a sweet suporter. Thank you to Rebecca and all those that support Maison.

When your favorite radio show says to go out and pimp joy, do it. 
  I have always had this overwhelming urge, to "Pimp Joy".Because of Amy, and the Bobby Bones show, I learned about Maison des Enfants de Dieu, 
and decided I needed to do something for the children, and the nannies.
  I love crafts, and had decided I would make rubber band bracelets. I started making the bracelets, long before I knew how I was going to get them to the home. I made over 150, as many as I thought there might be a wrist to wear. Many of the bracelets have glowing bands, so the children will have joy in the dark too. I didn't want to leave out the nannies, with out them, there would be little joy.
 When I was  eight and a half years old, I was removed from my home, and placed into foster care. Forty three years ago, when I adopted, I didn't know how lucky I was. Most people wanted babies. My new parents, already had children, and they already had a baby.   While I was never fortunate to have my own children, I am proud to say that I am an aunt of twelve. My "baby" sister has eight of them. Five are adopted! I am so proud of my sister.
  Thank you Christy, for helping me to give a small amount of joy to the children.

*Pictures will come soon

Posted on May 7th, 2014

Maison des Enfants de Dieu is a creche that started on October 2000. We got our license on March 17th 2001. Since then, we have been functioning with a mission in three levels:social,intellectual and spiritual.

Social aspect.
As a creche,we have been opened our doors to receive kids in needs:abandoned kids,kids with families that cannot take care of them and handicap kids. Improving the Haitian children situation is our main goal. We have been working hard to reach this goal by hosting them,feeding them,providing medical care for them and finding forever family for them. Maison is very committed to this. We are blessed to say that we have helped thousands and thousands kids in over ten years:some still leave in Haiti and most of them are with their adoptive families. We worked in the past in reuniting families too when we realized it was the best choice for the kids. We have helped birth families to stand on their own feet by micro loans. Every kid deserves a family. It is always a great privilege to raise a child.

Intellectual aspect.
Maison has been working in kids education. At the creche,we provide school for our kids.We want them to get an education where they have the basics to continue classes in the States or wherever they go. It is our responsibility to make sure they are growing up in their mind because we are building up men and women for tomorrow. We always value the privilege to be part of our kids life or a period of their life. Our influence on them should be positive because it will impact their life forever;that is why this is not a job,this is a Ministry. Our dream is to have a bigger school to open our doors to kids outside to come and benefit as well, the blessing we have. The best way we can change their life is by education.

Spiritual aspect.
It is recommended by the Lord to raise a child in the way he should go, which means raise him first to know the Lord. As a christian Ministry,it is an obligation to teach our kids to know God by Bible study,prayers,services,VBS and by our behavior. We are their immediate examples. It is important for us they have a relationship with Jesus,for those that can understand. We are so thankful for our friends that came many times to do VBS with our kids. Today,we a church at Maison:Shammah Tabernacle of Victory,where they worship the Lord. When a child is following the Words,it is the greatest guarantee that this child will be a contribution to the society not a danger,an honor not a shame,a joy not a sadness later in his life. It is amazing to see kids at Maison leading services as an adult. I am so proud of them.  My prayer is for them to continue to grow and become a man or a woman of God.

Friends,There are many other things I don't mention that Maison has been doing,but I would like to tell you,all of them have been possible because of your prayers,your trips to Haiti and your donations. There is noway,we could accomplish them without you. We are doing it together. At this point of time,we really need your help to pay our rent. Please consider to make a donation to keep the roof over these precious kids. Your contribution means a lot for us. Remember "whatever you do for the least of these,you do it for Him".

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!


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