We were first introduced to the community of Rousseau Haiti after Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti leaving widespread damage and devastation in the already vulnerable and improvised country. Over the past two years many individuals, friends, strangers and organizations have come together to help, educate, sustain, and offer assistance in many ways. We have been fortunate to be a big part of this process. Many of our friends at HoH stepped up to assist us. One of our largest attempts at helping in Rousseau has been the mission to bring water to the community. We were very excited when the drilling process began for a well. the community came out every day to watch the process. All praying they would hit water soon. After days of hard work, dedication and drilling the team were unable to hit water. The terrain in the community made it difficult to get the truck up the mountain, but with high hopes the team made it. The disappointment came after an attempt of going down 350 feet did not show any signs of water. Unfortunately their equipment could not drill deeper. The team promised to return with a larger and more powerful truck. Currently we are working through our options as to what our next steps should be. In the meantime HoH and many others are doing their best to provide water and other resources to help sustain this amazing community. Please continue to keep the Rousseau and all of those we serve in Haiti in your thoughts and prayers. As we make progress we will continue to share and celebrate with you all. AF
We were blessed to have another amazing trip with our friends from Project Grace. Have a look at one participants take on her recent Journey of Hope. We love you Emma and can not wait to see what the future holds. xo
by Emma Lindsey
I always knew I wanted more in life, and I found so much MORE in Haiti. I traveled with Project Grace to teach yoga to the beautiful children from Project House of Hope. We did yoga, made bracelets, taught each other phrases in Creole/English, painted, hugged, laughed and loved.
It’s such an overwhelming feeling to be so fulfilled, it’s like my heart is literally bursting at the seams. And it was more than just the children who are wonderful, it’s also the local staff at PHoH. They were fantastic! I felt so protected and cared for, and I am ever grateful for their kindness to me and each other.
Haiti has endeared itself to me on so many levels and in so many ways. The heat, the sweat, the love and belly-aching laughter, the cold showers and coconuts macheted open by hand. It’s an experience you think you could understand before-hand, but it’s so much more. I’ve never felt so much love and life in one place, from one people.
There is a beauty in Haiti I never knew existed. The mountains and Sea are a sight to behold, but the real beauty lies within its people. Their resiliency is astounding, and it creates a space for them in your heart before you even know what is happening. The sense of community is awe-inspiring, many of these people have nothing to give yet they share everything. They have suffered so much, but they wake up everyday and continue to live and love one another.
It’s amazing to me to think how I experienced so much joy amongst so much sadness. My hardest moment came when we took supplies up the mountain to a small community cut off from a water supply. There had been rain and the road was too muddy for us to make it all the up. So instead the people came down to us, and the children especially were so excited.
A young girl wearing a little bucket hat stayed at my side. She was holding my hand, and I noticed a rash across her face. Her mother came over and pointed to her child’s legs, showing me that the rash had spread over her body. Then she took off the little bucket hat and my heart broke. Her entire head was covered in scabs, and this brave little girl smiled all the while, just happy to hold my hand. In that moment I knew there was no going back for me, I had to do more to help.
And so now I begin a new journey. One where Haiti has burned itself upon my soul and I am forever changed. The coming days for me will be filled with thoughts of the beautiful people, and how I may best come back to them. In the meantime, each moment away, I will be missing My Haiti…
Hello, and happy summer to you all. The children at House of Hope are enjoying their break, and we hope you are making the most of yours. The weeks have been filled with VBS, Music, Dance, Sports and so much more. PHoH will host our friends at Project Grace next week. This is an amazing group of folks who come and offer their gifts of ballet, tap, and yoga to the children in our care and the entire community. Our dear friend Kathy will host an empowerment class for the ladies, and our friend Kristen who has tirelessly alongside with her kids collected backpacks for the children at LeRefuge School. What a week we are going to have. To top it off our Heroes of Hope Soccer team will have a game to showcase their skills. Does this sound like fun to you? The opportunity for you to join us is here.
We have selected two weeks in early 2019 for you to come with us and visit the beautiful country of Haiti. Taking in the beaches, mountains, and countryside, all while sharing your gifts. We pride ourselves on immersing you in culture, food, faith and our family. Hosting you in a safe and beautiful home. Join us January 4th-January 9th, trip one in 2019. February 20th-February 26th trip number two. These two trips are "open" at this time. (we typically keep our groups around 10-15) In addition we can host you, your family, church family or your company on a "Vision" trip. Sharing with you the work we are doing in country, and how you may want to get involved with our programs. Please contact us directly to plan vision trips.
The trips are all about doing what we can to help educate, sustain, and enlighten those we serve. Encouraging our travelers to be themselves and to be open to a new and exciting experience that will compare to no other. Please consider joining us for this life changing opportunity. Click on the travel with us tab on the website for specific details on traveling with with us. We look forward to hosting you in 2019. Make sure you sign up soon before the trips fill up. Thanks in advance for wanting to be a part of our House of Hope family. See you soon.....AF
Often times we ask our dear friends and travel participants to write a lil blog about their experience with PHoH. Here is our latest from Kristen. A dear friend and Advocate for PHoH. Thank you Kristen for your loving heart and kind soul. #loveyouforlife.This was my second time traveling to Haiti but first time with Project House of Hope. My experience is hard to put into words because it involved so many different emotions. I've been on numerous mission trips all around the world. However, this trip with PHoH touched me so deeply. There is just a warmth and joy that radiates from everyone connected to PHoH that you just can't help but fall in love with Haiti and it's people. I felt love, heartache, compassion, simplicity, complexity and a desire to just be. I felt like God had me right where He wanted me, right when He wanted me to be there. I prayed for a long time about when I would have another opportunity to go serve in Haiti and it was 6 years from the first time I was there, but it was because I was suppose to go with PHoH. God also blessed me with friendships I will have for life.
My favorite experience on this trip was getting to just get to know the kids. It wasn't too rushed or hectic. We were able to pick some activities that we loved doing like rock painting, dancing, and tie dying. Mostly though, we just hung out with the kids and that's what we needed and I think it's what they needed too. We all just want to be loved and be told we are loved. My goal was to bring joy to the kids PHoH helps and I hope we did that because the kids sure brought me joy.
Another experience that will stick with me for a very long time is getting to help with goat distribution up to the mountain community. We tend to get so wrapped up in our own world here in the states with jobs, kids, practices, etc etc etc and when we actually are faced with real need and gratefulness, it kind of slaps us in the face. To hear stories like this goat could mean either life or death if we have a sick kid pretty much stops you in your tracks.
One of my hardest missionary moments happened up on that mountain while delivering goats. A mother holding a diaperless baby motioned to me if I could breastfeed her baby. That time has passed for me, but I would have if I could. It was such a heartbreaking moment for me to have to say I couldn't help. And to know her baby needed food. And all the other babies on that mountain need food too.
I will be back to Haiti with Project House of Hope. Armed with more joy to share and maybe some formula. 😉
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We hear this phrase and sing this song often this time of year. This year I had a whole new feeling when I shared that saying. It hit home when my dear friend Tiffany and her amazing husband Lee approached me to have our kids sing with them on their Christmas CD. (Noel, Tif & Lee download it today) The children were excited and happy to share their sweet and angelic voices with Tiffany and Lee on a song called "Thats what they see at Christmas" Their innocence and joyful hearts come alive when they sing. The song is a beautiful tribute to what we should all see at Christmas. No matter if your a child in Haiti or a child in The United States, your both still wishing underneath the same "Christmas star" The wishes may be different, but all the children hope for the promise Santa will come and they will have a house full of love. No matter how many times I travel to Haiti and spend time with my family and friends there, these "Moment Makers" will forever continue to mold me as a person. So with that, yet another opportunity for me to continue to grow and enjoy this journey of hope. I am grateful to all of you who love our children as your own. We will have the opportunity to travel to Haiti spend Christmas with the kids, celebrate the New Year, and enjoy the celebrations for Haitian Independence Day. Watching the children Christmas morning is a very special and exciting time. The kids are grateful to their sponsors and all of you who help us bring the joy of Christmas to so many. Children all over the world and in our own cities are wishing for Santa to come. While your out shopping why not pick something up for a child who may not have Christmas without the help of others. There are many local organizations collecting. If you would like to help our kids and their caregivers you can visit the website to make an in kind gift, or you can choose from the list below and purchase specific items. The items will need to be picked up or dropped off if you are local by December 18th. So, when someone says, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" please remember, in addition to it "looking" like Christmas, think about what others may see at Christmas, and if you can make their Christmas a little brighter, then do so. Thank you to those of you who continue to support our efforts, and also Thanks to those of you who have decided PHoH will be on your Christmas Giving list this year!!
Much Love! and Merry Christmas, Amy Fletcher
Christmas Wish List: Project House of Hope... firstname.lastname@example.org
- Solar lights (small), flash lights, batteries, umbrellas, twin sheets, wash cloths and bath towels, table cloths (oblong and washable) lotion, bar soap, toothpaste, shampoo, hair grease, small metal bowls, shower curtains and rings, sheer drapes full length, un locked cell phones (for the mammas),
- soccer balls, remote controlled cars, radios, watches for girls and boys, baby dolls and barbies, matching games, coloring and activity books, DVDs, anything that plays music, instruments,
- arts and craft supplies
- Choose a specific child from our Sponsor a Child page, message us for sizes and wish list
- Choose one of our caregivers to bring joy this Christmas.We have 8 woman and 4 men who give of themselves to ensure our children have the best care and are living a healthy and happy life. Please let us know if you would like a list of specific sizes.
We hope your summer has been exciting and full of hope! Ours at House of Hope sure has been. We have had a summer filled with exciting trips, fundraisers, and so much more. One thing is for sure, and that is our new found love for Haiti in a small village called Rousseau. Many of you were introduced to it at the same time as us. During the devastating Hurricane Matthew last October that tore through much of Haiti. Our dear friend and Partner Paul (Kesnel) Toussaint reached out in a plea to his friends and family for help to get this desperate community back on its feet. We were fortunate to visit soon after to help deliver supplies and meet with the community. We heard their voices and their prayers loud and clear.... The need for water. They are grateful to all of the people who have come together to help. I know Matt and his team have building projects in the works and are committed to helping like many of you. I am sorry if I do not mention everyone, the good news is people are coming together to help. We all have other obligations and commitments, but when God places a community of people in your path who are counting on your support, you find a way to make it happen!!! Many people sent emails, made phone calls and reached out to friends and communities for help. Great news!!! A local Haitian company has surveyed the land and can drill for a well. This is a blessing that will help sustain the entire community of Rousseau. This community is close to many of our hearts. It is now that I am asking of you to help us bring water to Rousseau for Christmas. The entire project will cost about $12,000- $15,000 to complete. Paul has met with the company, and they are ready to drill. Our friends at Love for Haiti have raised the funds to build a bridge so trucks and equipment will make it up the road. We now need to raise the funds to drill. Last weekend House of Hope hosted a fundraiser and raised almost half of the funding necessary for the project. We are asking you.... our friends, family, and even strangers who want to help us bring water to this community. Currently people walk up to two hours sometimes to get as much water as they can possibly carry back... Water is a resource no human should have to live without. Lets help this small village of beautiful people get water. They want to start farming, raising live stock, cooking, bathing, all of the most amazing gifts water can bring... You can contact us directly at projecthouseofhope.org and put "water for Rousseau" in the comments, contact Paul directly and he can answer any questions you may have. Paul is willing to take donations directly if you want to wire funds, or just add to what you may have already planned for another project to him. You may also contact Dianna at Love for Haiti, at love4haiti.com they are also taking donations and can direct you if you want to join in helping us help them. Thank you in advance for being a part of this important effort to bring such a valuable resource to this amazing community. Looking forward to hearing from you and keeping everyone updated on the progress! AF #ittakesavillage #waterforRousseau
Hello friends we are excited to host our first summer FUNdraiser in Atlanta. Project House of Hope is teaming up with Oak Brewpub in the heart of Kirkwood. Saturday afternoon August 5th from 2:00pm -5:00pm. Come enjoy great food, fine wine, tasty beer, and an afternoon sure to be a fun time for all. With your $25.00 donation you will enjoy light appetizers, wine and beer tasting and a "pull" for a bottle of wine. Your $30.00 donation will get you 5 extra raffle tickets! Everyone is a winner, the top bottle valued at over $100.00. In addition to great food and drinks we will have plenty of awesome raffle prizes from Atlanta area restaurants and merchants. Grab your fiends, family, neighbors, or even coworkers. Come together to help us raise funds for a water project in the community of Rousseau Haiti. The community has about 400 people, and they currently live in a dire situation. With the help of you and others we are raising funds to get a well drilled. In the meantime we are sending water, food and medical supplies as often as we can to help this desperate community. With the addition of a well or water resource for this community their lives will be forever changed, and the families can live a sustainable life. Farming, cooking, and caring for their families. Please come out and join us, looking forward to seeing everyone miss my Atlanta "Peeps" Stay tuned for updates and insights.. Many Thanks to all of you whou continue to support our work in Haiti. AF
Wow!!!!! God sure does love a cheerful "giver" Over the last few months I have witnessed what its like to be blessed when you give with purpose and without haste. We always talk about Traveling with House of Hope and "share your gifts and talents" This is one way I continually get to witness our friends, "travelers" express pure joy after sharing their gift with the children and the community we serve. When you have a gift weather it's being a great teacher, mother, pastor, nurse....whatever. When you enjoy what you do, and you get to teach, mentor, or coach another person it brings joy to your heart. It happens to me almost daily! The really cool part is I get to share the experience with so many folks!!! The work we do and life we live as a community in Haiti, has transformed many lives. Both in the US and in Haiti. Sometimes folks can not travel with us, but want to be a part. Here are just a few ways we offer for you to get involved. The opportunity to Sponsor one of the children in our Orphan Care is ideal. This is a unique relationship between you and your Sponsored child. Offering love, support and guidance. In hope of meeting one day and the guarantee of a life long friend. We currently have children who would LOVE for you to Sponsor them today. The children understand the program and are grateful for the help and the opportunity to have a relationship with you. We hope you consider this Holiday Season Sponsoring one of the beautiful children in our Orphan Care, and become part of our family. Another way to get involved with PHoH if you can not travel with us is helping out or hosting a fundraiser. We are always in need of funds to help with feeding and caring for the basic needs of the children at House of Hope and Hope 12:21. Please contact us and we can give you a host of ideas, or we welcome any suggestions you may have in helping to raise funds and awareness of our Core Programs.
Our community we serve in Haiti Montrouis and Lanzac area, was spared any major damage and loss of life due to Hurricane Matthew. The southern part of the Island was devastated... Please continue to pray for and support the efforts in helping those affected by Matthew. The power of prayer is enormous! Thank you to everyone who kept our community and all of Haiti in their constant prayers. Thank you, also to the many of you who took the time to call me personally and ask about our children, their caregivers, our Partners and their families in Haiti. The outpouring of support financially was a true blessing because of folks like you who believed in the cause and gave generously. I am grateful to have been able to be a part of the combined effort to assist those who suffered in the Hurricane.
I wanted to take a few minutes this morning and share a few things with you today about "Cheerful Giving" it really does the body good.... and heart..... Not to mention God loves a cheerful giver! Thanks again to each and everyone of you for your love and support! Have a blessed and beautiful Sunday and a great week!
For the love of Haiti.... AF
2 Corinthians 9:7 "So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful heart
We are back from another great trip to Haiti spending precious time with those we love and serve. In April we hosted our first team at Hope's Nest our beautiful guesthouse and gathering space. Our dear friend and Board Member Jane hosted her Church family from Calvary Baptist Church including her husband, lead Pastor, and a dedicated and gracious group of folks. The team came with open hearts and minds teaching, working, worshiping, and loving our children and the entire community we serve. The team also had a great attitude when it came to staying at the Guest House. With our first experience hosting a team they were troopers! What a blessing it was to have a safe and enjoyable place to rest and gather. Our meals were prepared in typical Haitian style, and the staff and security at the house were a pure joy. We are excited to work with many local Haitians in the community. Lead by our Friend and Partner Kesnel (Paul) Toussaint leading the way building relationships and giving opportunity to many offering employment at the guest house, or one of our many Community or Sustainable Programs.
The children at House of Hope and Hope 12:21 had open hearts and minds building friendships with the entire group who traveled with us from Calvary. We are excited to build our relationship and grow as we host Calvary in their future International Ministry Program. Looking forward to experiencing the future of HoH with the entire Calvary Church.
Two additional teams have traveled with us this summer spending quality time with the children and sharing love and light with so many!! Our kids are enjoying their summer spending time at the beach, playing with one another, enjoying activities when teams visit, and even getting a few special trips to the local hotel where they can swim and play. This a very, very special treat for the children. Thanks to our travelers who make this exciting day happen for the kids. I must admit its my favorite thing to do with the kids. I honestly see pure joy coming from each and every child. The day ends with some very tired and grateful children!
The past few months our Orphan Care Program has been blessed with additional folks who decided to Sponsor one of our beautiful children at House of Hope and Hope 12:21 . We at HoH want to thank everyone who helps us by your dedication to caring for the basic needs of your sponsor child, and all the children in our care. This is the one area we rely on heavily each and every month. A small sacrifice you make, is life changing for the children you help care for. HoH has a huge responsibility and commitment to care for the children and also to support those who look after them and love them everyday. Having a Sponsor is more then just about the monthly gift, the kids look forward to sharing notes, and gifts with their family. We have hopes that one day they can meet some of their Sponsors. Many of the children have already met their Sponsor, and enjoy sharing their stories, and progress building a personal and beautiful relationship. Please consider becoming a part of our family and also help us with our commitment to care for the children and become a Sponsor today! The process is easy with an automatic payment option, all gifts are tax deductible. Help us Help Them!
The next few months at House of Hope are filled with exciting trips planned, launching new fundraising efforts, and building the support and foundation of our organization. We are committed as a team to build awareness of our love, work and passion to care for all of our children, and the entire community we serve. If you have any ideas or suggestions on how we can continue to spread the word about our work in Haiti, or would like information on hosting a trip. We would be happy to talk with you at anytime. The future is exciting and we are hope you come along!
Much love from the entire House of Hope Family, enjoy the rest of your summer, and join us along our "Journey of Hope".
We are excited to share with our House of Hope supporters exciting news! Over the last year we have been tossing around the idea of acquiring a Guest House. The idea has been on paper for quite some time. The dream even longer. Paul, myself, and many of our supporters have tried to come up with just how we could make this dream a reality. In April of this year we took a leap of faith and "hope" that now was the time to make it happen. There is always a season and a reason! The opportunity for the perfect house came to us. With lots of support from our Board Members, Family, Friends, and even Strangers, we were blessed with the ability to have our dreams come true. We now offer a beautiful home for House of Hope travelers, fellow Missionaries, Haitians, or folks who want to visit Montrouis. The house is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy, with plenty of indoor and outdoor space available. We will enjoy hosting teams who visit the community we love to call home. House of Hope like many of you was spending up to 70% of our funds raised for a team trip going to the hotel. We are excited to use the funds we will be saving to help with our sustainable programs in the community. If you travel to the Montrouis area we invite you to come stay with us. More details and information available for you in the near future. Look for the Guest House tab on the website, and also a fb page. I am sharing with you now in hopes you consider staying with us on a future trip. We can accommodate 14-20 people currently, have 5 bed rooms and 5 full bathrooms. We also offer 2 fresh meals a day. Please contact myself or Paul (Kesnel Toussaint) for availability and pricing. Looking forward to sharing our home with you!
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