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Community Development in Action

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[From Field Director Luke Brouwer] Meetings, meetings and more meetings! In the past couple of weeks HOPE, with the guidance of our cooperative development partner pCH, ran a series of focus groups in our community. HOPE staff worked with two social workers from pCH and participated in twelve different group meetings with about 150 people from the community in 10 days. These groups were made up of a whole spectrum of different groups including: community leaders, pastors, teachers, medical professionals, young people, the elderly, and more, and are used as a tool to assess the needs and resources of the community. During the process HOPE staff were taught how to use various methods, tools and group activities to facilitate the group process and to gain access to the kind of information that would help us get a good assessment of community.

One of the things that really hit me as we walked through this process was how much some people have suffered. You would think after more than three years here in Haiti I would grow immune to it, but as I sat with a group of elderly folks from the poor community behind Paradise Village I was overwhelmed. One woman in her seventies never spoke about her family, instead referring to them as the ti moso, the little bit she had left—she had lost her husband and 7 of her 9 children! We met with people who have no access to clean water and a section of the community behind us where many people have no toilet whatsoever and simply do their business on the ground.

Thankfully, as in any community, it wasn’t all bleak, we also met people who have really contributed to their community, who want to see it change and are willing to be a part of the process. We met Madame Benita, a school director who has taken many kids into her school whose parents can’t pay and Eddy the pastor whose little house is overflowing with kids he took in off the street. We met community leaders who told us about the improvements to the roads they had been a part of implementing and heard countless visions for a cleaner, stronger community.

Probably the most important take away for our staff was seeing how much the greater community enjoyed participating in this process. People in almost half of the groups talked with us afterwards about how much they had enjoyed being a part of the process and wondered if there would be follow up meetings and the opportunity to meet again. In fact, Mickenson and I will be doing some follow up meetings with a small group of local Pastors in the new year. The process shed light on both the suffering and the resilience of our Haitian community. I walked away feeling hopeful. Yes there are problems; many complicated problems, but there are resources and a desire within the community to be a part of the development process and if there is anything we are learning here in Haiti, it’s that the people we are working with need to be invested and motivated in order for our projects to work.

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” Well, we use and modify that as “Give someone food and feed her for a day. Help her begin a small business and she feeds her family for a lifetime.

A huge part of what we do is help families jumpstart a small business where they can get on a path toward self sustainability. That’s what these meetings are all about. God uses these kinds of efforts to help people escape extreme poverty. Assistance is provided, but not at the expense of the dignity of the Haitian people. And an end to aid comes into sight.

Will you help us continue to provide this type of assistance? Your donations are doubled between now and December 31 thanks to a few generous supporters.

If you have not made a gift to HOPE, would you consider a gift of $500 or $200 or $100 to help us meet our $100,000 goal? You can be a part of helping families become self sufficient so their children can remain in their families where they will receive the love and care they deserve.

CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible gift. And remember up to total gifts of $50,000 your gifts are doubled through December 31! Together we can make a lifetime of difference.

Year End Goal Update

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Hope Community Project wants to thank you for the tremendous response so far in our year-end campaign.

Since we kicked off our campaign November 17 to raise $100,000 by year end, generous donors have gifted $14,510 of the $50,000 we need to have donations doubled and hit the $100,000 goal! Thank you!

But we are not there yet. If you have not made a gift to HOPE, would you consider a gift of $500 or $200 or $100 to help us meet our $100,000 goal? You can be a part of helping children stay with their loving families where they will receive the love and care they deserve.

CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible gift. And remember up to total gifts of $50,000 your gifts are doubled! Please take a minute to watch our “Who We Are” video and then consider a gift. And please share with a friend or family member.

You Can Help Little Ones Like Willandinho-Donations Doubled!

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Hope Community Project has had an amazing 2017. Now in our eighth year, we are seeing great growth in our mission to preserve families—helping keep children at home rather than being placed in orphanages.

Our three-pronged approach includes education scholarships so children can go to school, medical and dental care so families are healthy and economic development so families can thrive (jobs=personal income).

Studies show that when these three needs are addressed people are able to meet more and more of their own needs. Families and personal dignity are preserved.

Kethlene with little Willandinho

One such family is Kethlene JnMarie. This sweet woman’s sister died giving birth to Willandinho at seven months pregnant. Kethlene was about to give her nephew over to an orphanage knowing that she didn’t have the resources to feed and care for him. At church a friend told her about the formula program we offer through our medical clinic.

Our Haitian team met with Kethlene and explained that Willandinho can stay with family and save him from a life of institutional living—which is really barely surviving at best.

Willandinho is now growing healthy and strong, and living with his family!

Doing what we do is a privilege and a joy. But it is expensive. Currently we have 21 people with jobs in Haiti, including 17 Haitians! The cost of all of our programs in Gonaives, including running the medical clinic and paying the doctor and staff, providing over 50 school scholarships and our children’s programs, and facilitating and supporting the egg cooperative program, and much, much more, is almost $30,000 per month. We have about $16,000 in donations coming each in month. We are like most small non-profits in that we have fundraisers throughout the year and a need a big year-end push to close this funding gap.

As we near the end of 2017 we need you to helps close the gap. We need $100,000 by December 31 to make up the difference.

The good news is we have some donors who have stepped up and offered to match dollar for dollar up to $50,000! So your gift to help us help families will be doubled.

Would you consider a gift of $500 or $200 or $100 to help us meet our $100,000 goal? You can be a part of helping little ones like Willandinho stay with their loving families where they will receive the love and care they deserve.

CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible gift. And up to total gifts of $50,000 your gifts are doubled!