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Instead of receiving gifts for his 7th birthday, Lorvens asked his friends and family to make a donation to help the kids at Maison! Lorvens was adopted from Maison, and we LOVE his selfless heart to give back to his friends at the O!
On Monday the older kids went back to school at the neighborhood school and the orphanage school, and the little kids went to the orphanage preschool. After school a tutor comes to help the older kids with their homework and work on their French and English skills.
Tuesday was Bernado's Birthday! This adorable boy turned 4 this week!
On Wednesday mornings the nannies usually spend some time in prayer and worship for the orphanage. On Wednesday we talked about sponsorship and I-texts on Facebook.
On Thursday Steika went home to be with her forever family!! A lot of the kids had their pictures taken by Papi Franckis for #B4T.
By the time I was born in 1963, my parents already had seven children. The first four, had been removed from the home, and given back, on multiple occasions. The next three, by the time they were 1, 2, and 3 years old, were taken away, and put up for adoption. My parents then had three more. When I was 8, my brother 6, and our sister 4, and I, were taken and put up for adoption. Being 8, I was old enough to not only know what was going to happen, but be involved in the decision of whether or not I wanted to be adopted by the family that wanted me. I had been told of the opportunities I would have, by being adopted. As a child, of course I did not want to leave my birth family, but agreed that my life would be better. I was never an orphan, or ever lived in an orphanage, but I know a little about having someone want you enough to make you their own. I know what it is like to see things and do things I never would have had the chance to see or do. Fast forward many years later, I'm listening to my favorite morning radio show, and they are talking about Amy going to the orphanage. "Cool,” I think. Along comes 30Abes, and I was hooked. Then, Amy's mother, Judy decided to choose joy, and people started Pimpin' Joy. I decided I wanted to pimp joy to the nannies and children of the orphanage, so I made bracelets for all of them. Due to Amy posting a video, I got to see how the nannies did the laundry. I am a housekeeper, and have done many loads of laundry, and knew that there had to be a better way for the nannies to get their work done easier and faster. After a little research, I found the perfect washer. I was then left with, how do I pay for it, and how will I get it to them. I had been discussing this problem with clients of mine, and many agreed that they would like to help chip in. So with their help, and help from my friends, and my saving my birthday check from my mother, and doing extra work, I was able to come up with the money to get the first washer. I then received an inheritance check, and there was no question as the first thing I would get with it. The second washer shipped not to long ago.
Thanks to some generous donors, 16 children will be attending school down the road, outside of the orphanage. These are children who are likely to be at Maison for at least one more year. We are excited to have been able to provide Teacher Johnson with a load of new school supplies and a small room renovation including: flannel board, recognition areas for good reading, behavior, and obedience. He will also be receiving some new math books that will be appropriate for all the ages of the students.
We wish you could have been here on Monday morning to see how excited the children were to start school. The light in their faces said it all.
Joy. The kids were so happy. They were jumping for joy because it is a new day and a new opportunity in their lives. For those children going to an outside school, it is the opportunity for them to wear new clothes, new shoes, new backpacks, and a new uniform. As you know, children are always happy with new things.
New Perspectives. It is important for our children to understand that life outside the walls is not the same as what they experience at the orphanage. There are a lot of things that our children will learn this school year about people, their personalities, the privilege to be at the orphanage, and the importance to stand up for yourself as a person.
Education. Education is the best way, after the knowledge of the Lord, to make sure our children will be a man or a woman of quality, an asset to the society, and an honor to you and I as their parents or sponsors. What a privilege to be a part of their destiny!
We are so thankful to all of you that have been deploying great efforts to guarantee this future for our children. We would like to wish a special "thank you" to Sandy Kimbrough for organizing all of our back to school efforts.
We invite all of you to stand with us to keep providing for the kids to attend school, as it adds additional expenses. Please consider partnering with us as together, we can guarantee a better future for our children.
When we arrived home, he said he was thirsty. I pointed to the faucet and mentioned he could get water there. I will never forget his look like, “What, I can drink from that thing?” He even turned it off and on several times watching the water drip from the faucet. He couldn’t believe you could drink water from the faucet.
Wilson was not used to clean water from the tap. The children at the orphanage do have access to clean water, but it comes at a high price. Maison has been buying clean water daily for the children and staff. The expense of clean water adds up. Did you know that 783 million people lack access to an improved source of drinking water?
We are so grateful that Maison will now have access to clean water by the way of a well. Our deepest thank you to TEEM Haiti for making this well happen, and to Living Water International for drilling the well.
Dance Week at Maison
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!
WHAT IS MAISON?
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.
It costs about $25,700 to run the orphanage effectively every month.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com.
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!
Allyson and Camp
***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!!!
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.