Earthquake hits Again in Haiti - and we reach out across the globe to Partner with Hope and Care ...and Love
In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined the same thing happening again.
I went to Haiti for the first time, just after the 2010 earthquake when the earth shook and thousands and thousands of people died in 12 seconds. It was devastating to see the level of destruction that was still everywhere when I touched down in Haiti, December, 2010. Let alone what it must have been like to live through such death and trauma - as our leaders and all our families from LIFLIM (our local partner-NGO in Carrefour) did. To try to understand the meaning of tragedy like I had never witnessed, shook me to the core and bonded my heart to my Haitian brothers and sisters forever.
Our precious friends on this small island in the Caribbean are once again going through the shock, horror, disbelief of another shaking and now the start of picking up the pieces (literally) and beginning again...together. But we are there from the start with them, this time! With our prayer, love, care and support, hope, faith and love abound! The medical, physical and emotional needs will take time to meet but we are there with them for the long-term!
We are so thankful that the greater Port Au Prince area was spared physical destruction (for the most part) as the lives lost surely would have rivaled the infamous earthquake of 2010, but it is important to note that all wounds are not just physical, and the people who survived the earthquake a decade ago are reeling all over again.
One of the local men in the community of Cavaillion - directly near where our Frontier Projects farm is located, said to Pastor Reggie last Sunday: “Everything that we had was destroyed. My wife is 9 months pregnant and counting days until the baby arrives and she had just left the house when it happened and the house collapsed."
So many who lost family and friends a decade ago by being brutally crushed by rock and wood, are re-experiencing memories long buried. The emotional toll is huge.
Pastor Reggie shared with us in his video straight after the quake, that when things like this happen, people came to him worrying that "they are not in the plan of God". Reggie loves on them and he his family and our teams comfort so many fearful people - reassuring them that they loved and seen, heard and precious beyond measure!
It would be hard for them not to feel fearful and it is our greatest desire - all of us at LIFLIM and Frontier Projects - to be supportive emotionally and spiritually as well as financially. Our giving generously in time, prayer and financially IS helping to restore HOPE, TRUST and indeed LIVES!
So daily, we speak or write with our leaders - our brothers and sisters in Haiti - and let them know that we believe as they believe - that God is weeping through their grief and trauma with them. He IS their strength and hope. He has nothing but Compassion and Love for his beautiful, beloved people. And we join with so many in Haiti who get to be His Hands and His Heart to all who need Him and each other - so much ...
So is there Hope? Yes! And today her name is Kettelie. Read her story below.
Love Chez. xx
Well, what a year! It has truly been a remarkable one!
And our toughest one yet...
However, the gift of your care, partnership & support, has enabled Frontier Projects Haiti to continue to radically change the lives of all our sponsor children, orphans, students, families and staff! Thank you! So much gratitude!
Like most of us, our leaders, families & children in Haiti - led by Reginald and Johanne Celestin from LIFIMinitries have experienced challenges that they could have never dreamed of.
For them all, the year was so much tougher than what we experienced in Australia.
These are just some of the obstacles our teams over there faced (& overcame)
... as the year now comes to a close:
Our 2020 News!
Bouvier School Teacher Training & Feeding Program
During Haiti's Covid19 lock down, Bouvier school teachers enjoyed the opportunity to do further teacher training. Their passion for teaching was re-ignited!. We employed a Haitian trainer and the teachers truly appreciated the extra training and were ready to start the new school year safely (in October) and looking forward to a fulfilling and positive 2021.
Bouvier School Feeding Program returned when school resumed because of some very generous donations...thank you! We continued to provide hot, nutritious meals, twice a week, for all the students and staff.
Love Community: Re-Uniting Children with Families & our Support Programs
Through the incredible support of Michael Crossland, & you - our sponsors, we have re-united more children back with their families! We've now returned 45 of our Love Community (LCH) children back into their own homes, through our Love Family Homes program (LFH). Our 10 orphans/displaced children in LC Home, attend school & are cared for in a warm, loving family home.
Supporting our children not just to attend school, but to monitor their literacy skills, our social worker - Yndjy Belval & our Programs Administrator, Johanne Celestin, started meeting with the children for literacy checks on a monthly basis. The children are growing in confidence!
We also believe it's necessary to give the children other types of Fun Days as well, during such a serious time! We did this in 2020 - creating life long memories!
Libellule Training Academy (LTA). Transforming Lives ..even during Covid
Libellule means "dragonfly" in French - the symbol for transformation! It was incredible that the From Zion LTA sewing course could continue due to our group of mums being small! These LFH mums were able to continue to learn sewing skills, creating some very professional garments. The women enjoyed their creations and had a lot of fun modelling the garments. Sandra Alexis - their trainer - is a well known seamstress in Haiti and we are blessed to have her heart and passion for LTA sewing class.
A Journey of Joy - in a tough year!
This year Alyssa Barber, our Co-facilitator of Programs and Robin Brown, both from the USA, flew to Haiti once the travel ban lifted. Although we were unable to host a 2020 Journey from Australia , Alyssa & Robin were able to represent FP and complete vital tasks and host the children to a very special Fun Day during their stay! We sponsored our special FP Fun Day trip to the beach for all the LCH children! This day included a boat trip, which was the first boat ride for most of the children and brought so much laughter, huge smiles and special memories!