From the October 2014 newsletter: Fall is a time of change and the school at Terre Blanche is no exception. The school opened in 1996 with 65 students. Today there are 950 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. Osita Tira, a grandmother of five school-age children, remembers life before there was a school and says [...]Read more
“Sustainability” is a popular buzzword these days but also a central value to Haiti Foundation of Hope. We build financial sustainability into all our programs at some level, and recently achieved a new level at the Clinic of Hope (COH) in Terre Blanche, Haiti. Last April Haiti’s Ministry of Health (MOH), in recognition of the [...]Read more
The secondary school students in the area of Terre Blanche recently gathered for a retreat at the school. The theme was Education and Christ. The students took a group picture on the almost-complete secondary school building. The building is scheduled for completion this fall and will provide much needed additional classrooms. We are so excited [...]Read more
In the last few months, the community health program has made a lot of progress against childhood pneumonia, HIV, malnutrition, and progress for women’s health. Forty community volunteers have been trained to teach people how to prevent and treat pneumonia, with a focus on hand washing which can reduce pneumonia rates by 25 percent. They [...]Read more
Lunel Paulin, the principal at the school in Terre Blanche, passed away this year due to an unexpected health problem. Lunel was a gentle man who loved to laugh, encourage and spoil the people around him. He is missed by his family and many friends. Gifts in memory of Lunel to benefit the school can be made online to the Lunel Paul Memorial Fund.
Thank you for your steadfast support of Haiti Foundation of Hope. We celebrate the partnership that continues to make a difference as we work to improve the lives of those in Haiti.
School – Students in grades 7 through 12 are eagerly awaiting the completion of the secondary school for fall 2014. This project started in April and will complete the first floor of the existing building and add a second floor with seven classrooms.
Clinic of Hope – One of the most exciting recent developments for the clinic was the addition of six staff members by the Haitian Ministry of Health. This consists of a physician, two RNs, a lab technician, a social worker and a computer specialist. The clinic will now begin treating all HIV-positive pregnant women. The additional staff will also allow the clinic to begin to see patients with TB for management. This is important because these two diseases will often strike the same patient.
Micro-Loans – Three years ago, we began a small business training program. The completion of the training qualified people for a loan. One year ago, there were 95 loans in three villages. Today there are 171 loans in six villages. The Haitian leaders expect to have 200 loans in place by this summer. Offerings in the church have increased due to the success of these small businesses.
Other – Plans are in place to increase the solar power system to support the medical clinic annex and the Haitian staff dormitory this October. Some of the October team members will work on making model gardens using a bucket drip irrigation system.
Gift Catalog – Join us in sharing hope by viewing our online Gift Catalog and purchasing items such as food or making a contribution to support individuals such as students, teachers and clinic staff. You can purchase gifts in honor of a friend or family member or give a gift in memory of someone. You can also download a printed Gift Catalog and Order Form.
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