OCTOBER 2016 Newsletter

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, a very small team of volunteers traveled with us to Ayiti to bring humanitarian aid and help build a couple of shelter homes in two areas in the South of Ayiti affected by hurricane Mathew.

Using our gift bags from our 2016 Art Day Celebration event, we prepared 20 bags filled with a flashlight, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, toiletries, adult and children cold medicine, antibiotics, sanitizer, dry milk, oatmeal, rice, beans, canned tuna, oil and spaghetti and distributed them to 20 families in Cazeau, a mountainside of a little town called Arniquet between Les Cayes and Port-Salut.

Thursday, October 20th – We traveled to Fonds des Negres and met Pastor Jean-Claude Laborde who assisted us in assessing who could we help. We identified a small shack whee an elderly man lived with his wife and 2 grandchildren. We purchased materials to include wood, aluminum tins, cement and sand to help them build a safe sheltered home.

On Friday October 21st –We got on the road to Les Cayes, and as we passed Cavaillon, a small village in Aquin we witnessed homes and businesses destroyed, crops lost due to flooding from a torrential rain the previous Thursday night.

Saturday and Sunday schedules were filled with early wake-up and having all hands on deck. We assisted Pastor Laborde and his church family clear out the water that flooded their church sanctuary, distributed the kits, along with clothes, shoes and stuffed animals to the 20 families.  We then purchased aluminum tins, wood, nails, cement and sand to help with the building of 1 sheltered home for a family of 4 whose makeshift shack was severely damaged by hurricane Mathew. We fixed the roof of 1 home of a family of 5, and provided materials to build a portion of the destroyed house of a blind man who lives with his wife, 2 children and 2 nephews.

We could not have done all this without you our wonderful supporters. So we thank you for your generous gestures of monetary and in-kind donations.

We thank you for trusting us with your resources. We feel confident that we used them wisely as the needs are great in Ayiti.

A special thank you to Angelo Cotanidis for helping us purchase some needed tools constructions, to Mr. and Mrs. Perry, Ms. Caldwell for your generous donation which helped 4 families we helped in construction will soon be living in a better home than what they had prior to Mathew. We will be going back sometime in November and December to visit the families we helped and see the finished properties. Hope you can join us the next time we go.

Please do not hardened your heart with your giving to help the downtrodden in Ayiti who have seen more of their share of misery in the last 3 decades. Thank you in advance, and may God multiply His blessings in your life and increase your resources as you faithfully give to those who are dear to His heart-those little children who are needy and poor.

Current News From Kominoté Ti Fanmi Nou de Diakonos

We thank God for all your prayers concerning our children in the face of hurricane Mathew. We are happy to report that they are all safe and that our home despite of existing challenges has remained intact after Mathew has done its ravage in the South of Haiti.

The kids have resumed their schooling and they are all happy.

Our newest Godchild, Christmina is so charming. Her and Rija have becoming best buddies as they are the only 2 remaining in the home when all the kids are off to school. A situation which will soon change as Christmina starts school in November.

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