October’s Newsblast

NEWS FROM OUR SMALL COMMUNITY OF FAMILY

God could not have chosen a better time to provide what we have been asking for the last 9 years – TRANSPORTATION.

Thanks to our wonderful family at Valley Family Church who blessed Our Small Community with the most wonderful vehicle.

Because of this amazing blessing, we have been able to take our children to outings every other Sunday afternoon. The first Sunday we went to “Champs de Mars” to listen to music and have ice cream. Nick is now able to go to his medical appointments without stress of bad weather, and of course we are able to save money on food by shopping at the big street market in Port-au-Prince, and get other items such as charcoal from the South.

Our hearts are filled with emotions of gratitude and humility.

PREPARING FOR THIS YEAR'S CHRISTMAS

Christmas for any child is one of the most special times of the year. It is a season of love and sharing. It is a season that people go the extra mile to do extraordinary things for themselves like buying new clothes, shoes, bags etc.
The unfortunate part is that not everyone has the pleasure or joy to enjoy this festive season because of the circumstances they find themselves in.

We are hosting a holiday party entitled “Christmas Under the Stars” for our children at KTFN, and invite 30 orphans and children from distressed families an opportunity to join our Small Community of Family in Haiti as we celebrate the birth of Christ with gift sharing, delicious food and lots of goodies.

Can we count on you to help make this the best Christmas for some of the most vulnerable children in the Caribbean?

WHAT AN EXCITING SUMMER WE HAD!

THIS MONTH'S SPOTLIGHT CHILD - CHRISMINA

Chrismina is a beautiful little girl who joined our Small Community of Family in September of 2016. She is shy and loving. She is learning her colors and “abc” and is doing well.

Your sponsorship gives hope to our children. They thrive on knowing that they “belong” to someone. They will look for you every time a volunteer van arrives at the children’s home. They will call you “Manmi” or ‘Papi.” The hope that you bring to them as a sponsor is worth far more than the paper check you sign your name to every month.

CHECK YOUR EXCLUSIVE SPONSORS' PAGE

Get Ready for 2018 Sponsor’s Trip to beautiful “BASIN BLEUE” in March of 2018. Make sure you SIGN UP today.

Christmas for any child is one of the most special times of the year. It is a season of love and sharing.

We’ve designed a special page for our child sponsors to gain exclusive access (using their email address) to receive exclusive updates on their sponsored child. A digital place to post special messages to each other, including photos, drawings, cards, and letters.

2017 BACK TO SCHOOL SERVICE TRIP

So many miracles happened last month at Our Small Community of Family in Haiti.

Despite hurricanes Irma and Maria disrupted our scheduled Back to School Service Trip, our relentless volunteers saw to it that the children from Our Small Community of Family we were equipped for their 2017-2017 school year. We give praise to God for Gina and Chris, volunteers from our faithful partner Airline Ambassadors, who came down after the hurricanes to bless our children. A day after they left, our very own Manmie Cindy and Manmie Anna made sure we had enough school supplies to bless those needy children of our community and topped off their trip with ice cream and cake for everyone. We all had a blast!




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SEPTEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

Kominoté Ti Fanmi Nou de Diakonos is a home where the children get the love, support and sense of identity found only in a loving family environment.

The month of September marked the beginning of our homeschooling program. In 2 short weeks, our 3 and 4 years old have already learned their 4 basic colors (red, blue, black and white), and Adison, at 4 years old, is a bit more advanced as he can recognize the basic colors and yellow. He also knows how to write “a” in cursive, and is now writing the letter “b”.

Angelique is our newest child at Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou. Within only days of putting up a photo of her on social media, Angelique became fully sponsored. She is a joyous child, always smiling and she hardly cries.

Our new sponsorship program is up and running, and if you haven’t sponsored one of our children yet, you are missing out on a blessing!…..

WHAT AN EXCITING SUMMER WE HAD!

Summer 2017 will forever be etched in our memory. We had so much fun starting with Art Day Celebration in Fonds des Negres, and continuing until the wedding of  Jean-Louis Delouis, our longtime and faithful Director of Logistics to the love of his life, Joane Vigne.

ARTDAY CELEBRATION 2017

This year ADC went to the countryside to a little village called “Belo” in Fonds des Negres where 70 children from the village were happy to experience the joy of art-making. This was the first time such an event was afforded to them and they were ecstatic. There was choreographed dancing, singing, painting and performing arts.

The children from Our Small Community of Family enjoyed the beauty of country living. They especially loved bathing in the stream of water that ran across the land.

WOW! What a glorious time we had. And all while gazing and admiring the beauty and picturesque mountains of the South of Haiti.

WEDDING BELLS FOR JEAN-LOUIS AND JOANE

Jean-Louis’ wedding day was like a fairytale day for everyone. The kids were so happy to get all dressed up in tuxedos, suits, evening-gala outfits and high heels.

Betsyboo was the flower girl and Rija the ring bearer. The looked so cute walking down the aisle before the bride and groom who were themselves looking pretty gorgeous.




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6th ANNUAL ART DAY CELEBRATION WORKSHOP FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

Support Diakonos International as we launch this fundraiser to bring art to destitute children in the Fonds des Negres area in Haiti. Now in its 6th year, Art Day Celebration has been uplifting and restoring the hope of needy and vulnerable children in Haiti. In the last 6 years, we have impacted the lives of well over 550 underprivileged children.

Donate or join the fundraiser

Martine’s 6th ANNUAL ART DAY CELEBRATION WORKSHOP FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN on Crowdrise

APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER

Last month during our extended stay in Haiti, we distributed over 100 shoes from The Show That Grows to the children who live in Belo, a small village on the mountain top of Fonds-des Negres, located in the South of Haiti. Other recipients of the shoes also included the children of Sapotille Family Home in Port-au-Prince, and those from Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou de Diakonos in Carrefour.

We give God glory for another successful distribution which was the water filtration systems donated by Healing the Children. This distribution had such a positive impact on the villagers of Belo who were very happy to have an opportunity to drink clean and safe water.

A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP

This past March was an amazing month for Our Small Community of Family. We took another small step towards our corporate vision as we continue with the transformation of the children’s home which was both exhausting and exhilarating.

Thanks to our wonderful NGAs (Next Generation Ambassadors) who raised over $5,000, we were able to execute the following projects:

Project #1 – Re-roofing of the house

We now have a new roof with no more leaks. This was the main purpose of the NGA’s fundraising and it will contribute to our Godchildren’s safety.

Project #2 – Electrical rewiring of the whole house

Some of the walls were torn down and we rewired the entire house with new wires and we installed the Solar Powered Generator donated by Dr. Sabrina Tassy from St. Phillips Church and Schools. Now the children can do their homework after the sun goes down and, they can also enjoy having electricity on demand.

New Roof

Solar Panels

24-7 Electricity

Get Ready for our 6th Annual Art Day Celebration Program!

This year we will continue with the theme “Arts in Self-Development”.

On July 20th, 2017, ADC will be offering an outlet for underprivileged and vulnerable children to learn, express and apply creative practices to help enrich their hopes and dreams through 2 days of self-enriching art workshops.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS EXCITING TRIP

Art Day Celebration is a collaborative art program of Diakonos International, developed to uplift, empower and nurture underprivileged children through the exploration of creative arts by providing them with access to quality artistic activities to include the visual arts, theater, movement, and music.
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FEBRUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

Hooray, 2017 has started on a good foot for Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou de Diakonos which has been struggling with some difficult conditions and challenges. Thanks to some of our loyal supporters that believe in our work, we are already well under way this year with some very good projects such as, renovating our children’s home and building a chicken coop.

WHAT AN EXCITING END OF 2016 WE HAD!

With the holidays over and life settling down, we are back on track with getting some important improvements made at Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou de Diakonos.

We left off last year with an event we dreamt of for years – paving the yard at our children’s home providing an adequate yard where our God-children can play safely and their health not be jeopardized by the dirt and flooding.

Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou de Diakonos

Poverty is the root cause behind most children in Haiti being placed in orphanages, and it robs them of their right to receive quality education.

God designed us to grow up and develop in a family not in an orphanage. Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou children’s home is more than an orphanage; it is a sanctuary where orphaned, abandoned and abused children have a feeling of belonging. Our Godchildren live in a loving family environment where they are showered with love and affection, and are being cultivated to develop into becoming the next generation of God-fearing and productive Haïtian citizens.

We are also blessed to have our children’s sponsors and the volunteers who we hope will continue with us in the good things this year has instore.

ABOUT OUR NEXT SERVICE TRIP

Mark your calendar for our next service trip on March 16th through the 20th.
The purpose of the trip is to continue with our rehabilitation efforts in Haiti.

The project includes home repairs and renovations at Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou de Diakonos, building a chicken coop, and distributing shoes in Fonds des Negres.

Shoe That Grows

To sign up go to the Volunteer tab on our site.




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JANUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

NEWS FROM OUR SMALL COMMUNITY OF FAMILY

This Christmas holiday the children of Our Small Community of Family felt super blessed. Starting with a party hosted by Hunger Relief International on December 19th and ending with a Christmas Eve’s party in Fonds des Negres which is located on the Southeast of Haiti. Thanks to our longtime friend and partner Roslyn Parker from Travel To Do Good who enlisted the help of Ellen Burton and Jana Warren, these ladies recruited their family and friends to each sponsor a child  from Our Small Community of Family and bless the child with a new outfit, new shoes, a toy and new pajamas. Thank you so much ladies and thank you to all the sponsors.

We also extend our gratitude to Ms. Anita McGruder, her network of friends and her organization, Simunye for allowing the children to experience the showers of the abundant blessings of God this holiday season. With their help and that of some of our faithful supporters, we were able to feed and distribute gifts to more than 60 destitute children and 25 adults in Fonds des Negres.

MESI ANPIL! MERCI BEAUCOUP! MUCHAS GRACIAS! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO YOU ALL!

WHAT AN EXCITING HOLIDAY WE HAD!

We are ever so grateful to God for our volunteers who are the heartbeat of our organization. We value the passion and energy they bring to ensure that the children of Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou de Diakonos have a sense of belonging to a large loving family.

First, thank you to James Weldon for helping improve the living conditions in the children’s home just in time for the holidays; Our faithful Godmothers, Cindy Sterling and Kaylin Silva who are always so instrumental in helping us bring joy to the children of Small Community of Family. This year they went out of their way to travel to the cold city of Chicago to collect and bring back gifts for the children. Special thanks to Maribel Sisney who graciously donated her 1 day off to come and help bring gifts to orphans and needy children in Haiti. And last but definitely not least, thanks to Yui Young, Martee Henri, and Isis Prince who have gone over and above to see to it that the children of Our Small Community of Family enjoyed and fun filled Christmas holiday.




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