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Progress and Setbacks – Heart of God Haiti

September 16, 2010 by  
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This past month has been another month of advances and a couple of smaller setbacks for our team in Haiti.  The Helping for Christ orphanage is now known as the Helping for Christ Victory Center and is reaching out to the local community to spread the gospel by holding weekly church services at the Center.

During August Pastor Dicksent and his team were able to get their passports and visas that will now allow them to travel to the Dominican Republic without having to be subject to the shake downs that Haitians without passports and visas must face. The team is traveling to the Dominican Republic to coordinate with the Non Government Originations (NGOs) there and to visit the remainder of the people from Camp Victory who were not able to move into the Helping for Christ Victory Center.  Coordination with other NGOs is very important for obtaining some of the items needed for the school that we don’t have the funding to purchase and that we are unable to ship.  We have shipped items on another NGOs 40 foot shipping container but at this point the container is stuck in customs. We are hoping at some point the items will clear customs but we don’t know how long that will take.  Therefore, our team’s ability to travel to the Dominican Republic will significantly help to meet the needs of the children at the Center.  

Earlier this month, we had over 30 of our children plus several of our staff members become severally ill due to a contaminated water shipment. We purchase water on a weekly basis and it is brought to us by a water truck that fills our cistern.  Ideally this water gets filtered but that is not always the case.  At this juncture, we are working to raise the funds needed to purchase an adequate water filtration system.  This will ensure all the water received is filtered at the Center so it is known to be safe for the children to drink.

We are very grateful to Courtney Morphet, her dad Dan Morphet, the Leroy Rotary and many others for holding a pasta dinner fundraiser to benefit the children of Helping for Christ Victory Center.  This fundraiser has allowed us to purchase additional bunk beds so all our children have their own bed to sleep on each night. For many of these kids, it is the first time in their life that they have slept in their own bed.  We are also going to use some of the monies to improve the security of the Center and repair Pastor Dicksent’s vehicle which is currently their only mode of transportation.

Our children have been through a lot in the last seven months.  God has done amazing things during this period of time and has placed these children in our care. Overall things are very much getting into a rhythm and at this point we are looking for monthly sponsors to ensure we can continue to support this group of children and teachers. We have broken down the cost to support one child to about $1.50 per day or $45 per month. We are trying to get 74 monthly sponsors of $45 each, enough for each child at the Center. If you or anyone you know might be willing to become a monthly sponsor, please contact Julie at jyoung@heartofgodinternational.org.

Thank you to all of you for your continued support!  Without you, none of this would be possible.

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