A very special Christmas message from our precious Haiti Leaders!
Gratitude and Giving
Every day, my heart turns to Haiti. Every. Single, Day.
And every online meeting we have together with our Haiti partners, is inspirational!
But there's incredible opportunity within the hardships!
Let me explain.
Every week we listen with open hearts as Reggie or Johanne, Merline or Yndjy share with us the immense difficulties that they and most Haitians face, on a daily basis! These incredible leaders from our partner NGO (Light for Living International Ministries), are visionary! We meet often to discuss all our partnership Programs together... Programs that are able to continue strongly through your giving and care and generosity. So a warm thank you to YOU - our giving community in Australia!
Most of you may be aware of the serious implications of Haiti’s ongoing socioeconomic and political crisis for all our children and families in Haiti. With daily protests and civil unrest against the government of Haiti, armed gang violence, and now an outbreak of cholera amidst the continuing covid pandemic; with shortages of fuel and clean drinking water, and widespread acute hunger, our families are truly struggling. However, our essential Frontier Projects / LIFLIM Programs: our Food Security Programs and Educational and Training Programs - enable our leaders to continue to provide for our families and children - food, education and critical support! This all happens because of you all - your giving means so much!
Thoughtful Reflection: The incredible opportunity amidst the ongoing crisis
This year, more than ever before, as I've tried to grapple with the serious implications of our partnerships 'moving ahead' amidst the incredibly tough reality of life in Haiti , I have realised that we are faced with an unprecedented opportunity! Amidst this crisis, there’s an invitation to change, to re-imagine and to reinvent ourselves. Although it’s tempting to return back to 'the way we've done things in the past' - the old normal - when we are able to again return to Haiti in 2023, we shouldn’t. The 'old normal' was the problem.
We need a 'new normal'.
Let me explain.
When the borders of Haiti (and across the world) slammed shut in March 2020; Haitians remained in Haiti. Rightfully, Haitian nationals were tasked with taking charge and leading their people through these challenging times. Lives are dependent on their leadership. And we have some of the most incredible leaders that we know and love and work with!
The Biggest Problem.... the old 'Normal'
Here is the problem: Historically, charity to Haiti has come in the form of handouts - mainly food, clothes, buildings and money. In an ongoing time of crisis like this, we have keep asking ourselves:
This 'healthy' approach hasn’t been the case with most nonprofits and missions groups in Haiti and around the globe. Giving with the 'best intentions' across the globe is often characterised by deep cycles of aid that cause an unhealthy dependence on the giver while stripping the receiver of dignity. I've spent much time over the last 2 years reading books like When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert and Dambisa Moya's confronting book Dead Aid. All my research - including much online - is now informing our future Frontier Projects aid in Haiti!
So what are the best voices all saying?
Our past ‘normal’ in the nonprofit world hasn’t been working.
I believe that NOW is our chance to dig deep and do better!
Nonprofits and missions groups work with vulnerable communities that desire real change, and we can be part of that change. What an incredible adventure! We have a divine opportunity to re-imagine WITH our partner communities, what they could look like years from now without our interventions. How can we ensure that we are on the right track? I believe in the following THREE STEPS - and this is how we are have been moving ahead - particularly this year more than ever before! We are creating a NEW NORMAL!
The Exciting Solutions .... our New Normal...
1. We ask before we aid. I've always believed that our Haitian leaders have the answers within - they are the visionaries in their own communities - particularly for us in Haiti through the leadership of Reginald and Johanne Celestin - (LIFLIM). We always ASK what they wish to do in continuous relationship - and then partner with their vision and inspiration.
2. We find the real heroes in their own communities and invest in them. We have invested in new Haitian leaders since 2020 - and this year moreso! We employ Haitian trainers, teachers, leaders and our social worker!
3. And we are committed to Evaluating our Impact together with our Haitian leaders. This can be hard to do when things are so tough - but we are committed! We will never just keep doing the same old same old! We have undertaken this through many Zoom meetings, in 2022!
As we head into 2023, I believe with all my heart, that now more than ever, we have the opportunity to change course and amplify our impact. My hope is that nonprofits around the world will lean into these challenging times and re-imagine how we can better achieve independence and capacity-building in vulnerable communities. These challenging times for us all will forever reshape our world, and it’s our responsibility to ensure it’s for the better.
So, from us all at Frontier Projects Haiti and Light for Living International Ministries in Haiti , we bless you and your families and wish you a very special Christmas! See you in the New Year - which we believe for you as well - that it will be a year of incredible IMPACT - for your loved ones and for those you care for across this vast, beautiful planet that is our Global Community!
With Love, thoughtfulness and Gratitude,
Cheryl and John Ward
on behalf of our Frontier Projects Team
My heart is always filled with hope! Despite the reality that it has been a difficult time across the globe, with rising costs of living and difficulty accessing supplies, and as you would realise, Haiti still being no stranger to these difficulties. Every day in Haiti our leaders from our partner NGO - LIFLIM (Light for Living International Ministries) deal with ongoing fuel and food shortages, days without access to electricity, and then there's the constant political unrest and gang violence!
However, now more than ever, we remain committed and hopeful, we stay positive and we continue to empower our leaders, families and children through educational and social programs designed by our inspirational Haitian leaders!
Encouraging stories of celebration and empowerment.
Celebrations have been aplenty this year and we want to share these with you and to thank you for helping us to make these celebrations possible! We also couldn't do all that we do, without the love and constant support of our Ambassador-Michael Crossland. Thanks Michael for all you do!
Love Community Home (LCH) Celebrates 15 Years of Loving Care of Orphans & Children!
Love Community Home (LCH) reached an incredible 15-year milestone this May, led by the Vincent family: Merline, and her mother and father - Pastor Guy Vincent and Madame Vincent. Frontier Projects has been partnering with LCH for 10 of these years. Merline also celebrated a special birthday herself! Celebrations were combined to honour Merline and the Vincent family! What a wonderful time was had by the children and all!
Haiti Flag Celebration Day - May 18th
Another wonderful celebration for the children and staff of all our programs, was the Haitian Flag Day. This day is a Haitian holiday to celebrate the creation of the Flag of Haiti during the Haitian revolution. The day is celebrated each year on 18 May, which is the anniversary of the date of the flag's adoption in 1803. LIFLIM and our Love Community children and families celebrated with a special meal and ceremony.
Hatchlings Early Learning in Australia - Now our incredible Educational Sponsors for all our LCH children!
Hatchlings Early Learning Group in Australia heard about the incredible Love Community story through our inspirational ambassador, Michael Crossland.
Rachel Langford and the whole team at Hatchlings - across their two campuses at Waterford and Rochedale in Old, Australia are now supporting the education of all our LCH children! They will also join with the children in Haiti to participate in ESL fun and learning via live video-link in 2022! Incredibly exciting!
Birthday Bliss Celebrations
We have been able to celebrate the birthdays of the children with a monthly gathering, and of course cake ! The celebrations honour each child during their birthday month. It is a lovely way to bring a smile to the faces of these precious children and young adults.
Empowerment through Education - Bouvier School supported by iNSPIRED EDUCATION
The school year is just come to a close, with summer holidays starting at the beginning of July. Bouvier School has over 160 students receiving an education - and 8 full-time Haitian teachers: Kindergarten to 6th Class! Every morning they school has a Welcome assembly and flag-raising. Then into classes with their amazingly dedicated Haitian teachers. Read more HERE.
iNSPIRED EDUCATION partnership continues! iNSPIRED EDUCATION is an incredibly innovative Australian educational platform that supports many of the Bouvier students, through educational workshops run in Australia! With our heartfelt thanks to RASHAN at https://i-edu.com.au/kshare/
Inspired Education Australia (IEA) has this year been in partnership with Frontier Projects Haiti - with the aim to facilitate the realisation of sponsoring, improving, developing and facilitating the education of the children in need, in Bouvier School, Haiti. 1 x Workshop = 1 x Child Sponsored with over 24 students already sponsored!
Check out the inspirational video here:
Teacher Training is at the heart of what we do:
Empowering those that teach the children! During Haiti's Covid19 multiple lock downs, Bouvier school teachers enjoyed the opportunity to do further teacher training. Their passion for teaching was constantly reinvigorated! We have employed a Haitian trainer - Mr Germeil - and the teachers truly appreciate the extra training in the summer holidays. They will then be ready to start the new school year safely in September, 2022.
33 Students Sponsored through one Fabulous Aussy "Marathon to Make a Difference"
Empowerment through Sponsorships
Frontier Projects partners with LIFLIM in Haiti to provide holistic support for parents in poverty by assisting in areas related to their children’s well-being. Through the incredible support of Michael Crossland, our champion, friend & ambassador, & YOU, our incredible sponsors, we have re-united over 30 of our Love Community children back into their own homes, through our Love Family Homes program. Our 9 orphans in Love Community Home (LCH) are always lovingly cared for & attend school in a large family environment.
We continue to employ a Haitian Social Worker - Yndjy Belval to support each child through their school & home life and support their families with monthly food packs (from you, our sponsors), community support & life-skills.
An opportunity to get to know your sponsor-child
As part of our commitment to building community across the globe, we are offering our sponsor-families the opportunity to get to know your sponsor child better and to allow them to get to know you. We are inviting you to put together a short video or letter about yourself and family. We would like to share this so your sponsor child / children get to know you. This could be a start to forming a relationship with you. This is not meant to be professional or flashy, but simple and real. Please consider finalising a short video or letter as soon as possible, so we can prepare all the material together to present to the children. If you prefer a letter with a photo you can email this to us and we can translate to French for you. You can find a blank template right here if you would like to use it!
Our USA Team Leader - Alyssa, receives a special Award
One of our core team members from America, Alyssa Barber, has been recognised for her humanitarian efforts. Alyssa received the 2022 Inaugural Ivory Jnr Community Service Award at the Blue and White Hampton University Gala, for her incredible work through Frontier Projects in Haiti. Congratulations, Alyssa! We are so honoured to have you on our team!
EOFY Giving! Thank you for re-sponsoring and re-giving at this time!