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HAITI MISSION PROJECT


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The School

Our main focus is to offer education to the poorest children of Haiti. We sponsor a Christian School in the Kenscoff Mountains called CALLEBASSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. The Principal, Nixon Dorlus, has built the school on his own property and offers education to the children in the area. There are seven teachers at the school with Kindergarten Classes to Grade 6. Approximately 106 children attend classes at the school. Many of the children walk several miles up and down the mountains to get to the school at 8 o'clock each morning. They are taught in French, and subjects include Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Social Studies. With the help of ACWAM (Active Christians With A Mission) and Sponsors of the children, we are able to support the school by paying the teachers and Nixon each month. Your generous donations also supply uniforms and school supplies for the children as well as providing a hot lunch each day before they head for home.

Our Mission Coordinator, John Blair, has visited Haiti seven times. The money raised through Pasta Dinners, Walk-A-Thons, and Donations has helped to build the school and support the ongoing work there. What a privilege to SHARE OUR FAITH WITH THE PEOPLE OF HAITI!

While visiting Haiti we have become friends with John & Dixie Bickel who run an Orphanage near Petionville called GLA (God's Littlest Angels Orphange). John and volunteers stay at the orphanage and help out by caring for the children (infants to 13 year-olds) and helping with repairs, cooking, cleaning, building shelves, etc. There is always something to do to keep the orphanage running smoothly. Part of our outreach has been to support the orphanage and help provide medical care to children who are often abandoned or orphaned.

The school is nearly finished but still needs new windows and a latrine, but we are getting close to having the School and apartment finished.

When the earthquake hit the School in January 2010 the School we helped to build withstood the shaking. Nixion was on the belconey and fell injuring his arm and leg. The children are now back in school as of the first of March.



Our Trips

In 2001 Ruthven Pastoral Charge began sponsoring Callebasse Christian School in Haiti. Harold Lapoint, his daughter Karen Kennedy and the ACWAM Team went down in 2001.  John Blair, became our Mission Coordinator, and has been visiting Haiti each year to watch the progress. John's first visit was with an ACWAM Team in Oct 2002. The first floor of the school had just been completed. The team was given the job of painting the interior walls a bright pink.

John returned to visit the school in 2003. In February he helped out at GLA (God's Littlest Angels Orphanage) and he returned in December with Jack Lecot to celebrate Christmas with the children at Callebasse. In May 2004, Lyle Smith and John visited the school. They took Bibles donated by the Gideons and presented Nixon with a guitar to lead in singing. They had a great time singing and dancing with the children. In Dec 2004 John, Jack, and Ian Panton took over 200 Christmas gifts. The 'Santas' celebrated Christmas at Callebasse and God's Littlest Angels.

In Dec 2005 John and Linda Blair, Jack Lecot and Garry Cranston travelled to Haiti to deliver Christmas gifts once again. They also distributed 78 food packages to families at the school. In September 2006, when John and Linda left for their new Church, Emmanuel United Church, they joined the project as well as some other Churches in the Essex County area including Bethel Maidstone and Gesto United Church. Their support has been wonderful! John, Jack, and Dean Shoemaker took Christmas gifts in December 2006.

The last trip to Haiti was Tuesday, December 2, 2008. Ida, John, Linda and Dean took Christmas gifts for the children and teachers and food to the families which they distributed. The team has travelled to Haiti about two times each year. They take school supplies and Christmas gifts for the children, teachers and God's Littles Angels at Christmas time.
Perhaps YOU would like to join John on an exciting adventure!

In September 2007 we started to take back-packs with school supplies for the children at Callebasse Christian School. They follow a similar school year as we do here in Canada.

We now collect suit cases for the children to put their clothes in.

Cry Haiti
HAITI MISSION PROJECT REPORT FOR 2006

Thanks to all those who supported our Haiti Mission Project again this year. We sponsored a great Pasta Dinner in May which made over $1,000. We will have our Annual  Walk-a-Thon on Saturday October 6 starting in Harrow.

 

We had a team consiting of three in December 2006 -  Jack Lecot, Dean Shoemaker and John Blair. They  traveled to Haiti spending serveral days at  God’s Littlest Angels Orphanage and visiting Callebasse Christian School. Christmas was celebrated at Callebasse Christian School. The children at the school were great! How wonderful to see their smiling faces as they opened the Christmas gifts you donated and wrapped. We had a wonderful time singing Christmas Carols and celebrating together. We were also able to give food packages to many families at the school. What a wonderful experience to reach out and help first hand!

The School is almost finished. Nixon and Marie-Ange have moved upstairs, so the whole lower part of the school is being used for classrooms.

The next project is to install a Solar System at the School so that they will have some electricity for light, refrigeration and maybe a computer.

HAITI MISSION PROJECT REPORT FOR 2005

Thanks to all those who supported our Haiti Mission Project again this year. We sponsored a great Chicken BBQ and Auction in July, and a Walk-a-Thon in October. These two events raised enough funds to continue our project throughout another year. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

The highlight of 2005 was celebrating Christmas at Callebasse Christian School. The children at the school were great! How wonderful to see their smiling faces as they opened the Christmas gifts you donated and wrapped. We had a wonderful time singing Christmas Carols and celebrating together. We were also able to give food packages to 78 families at eh school. What a wonderful experience to reach out and help first hand!

The School is almost finished. Nixon and Marie-Ange have moved upstairs, so the whole lower part of the school is being used for classrooms. There are now 7 teachers plus Nixon, the principal, teaching 106 students. It was crowded, but all the children were happy to be there. They really enjoyed their Christmas Gifts and their Christmas Lunch. The upstairs still needs part of the roof completed and ceramic tiles on the floor, but it is looking great! My next project is to install a Solar System at the School so that they will have some electricity for light, refrigeration and maybe a computer.

Our team of four – Jack Lecot, Garry Cranston, Linda and myself – traveled to Haiti on November 29th. We spent 10 days a God’s Littlest Angels Orphanage and visiting Callebasse Christian School. Haiti is a beautiful country, the people are wonderful, but it’s so sad to see the poverty and the violence all around. My hope is that somehow we will be able to help the country find peace and stability. I also hope that we will be able to continue our Haiti Mission Project and keep up our friendship with so many in Haiti.

 

THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR
 PRAYERS AND SUPPORT.
GOD CALLS US TO SHARE OUR BLESSINGS!
LET’S REACH OUT TO HELP OUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN CHRIST!

 

John Blair


JANUARY 2003

This past year our support of Callebasse School in Haiti has grown into quite a project! We began by sponsoring the School with a Pasta Dinner, and now Haiti is an Official Outreach Project of Ruthven Pastoral Charge. Thanks to your kindness, we have been able to help young children at GLA (God’s Littlest Angels) Orphanage and Hospital, and the older children at Callebasse School.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!
Special ‘THANKS!’ to those who walked with me in the Walk-a-thon on the Chrysler Greenway - Ann Dunmore, Debi Malley, Reenie Nash, Karen Kennedy, Harold Lapoint, and Linda. It was a great day, and we plan to do it again in 2003!

My first work trip to Haiti with Harold Lapoint, Karen Kennedy and Ann Walker was a terrific experience - an adventure I’ll never forget! The children of Haiti are just beautiful, and what a joy to be able to personally help so many! Your support of the Callebasse School has made such a difference in the lives of those children. Nixon & Marion Dorleus, who run the school, are a dedicated couple who have devoted their lives to educating the very poor mountain children of the area. They are so grateful for your love and support, and they send their heartfelt THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!

It was a privilege to be part of the Christian Community at GLA, where we stayed during our visit. John Dixie Bickel, who run the orphanage, are a remarkable couple from Illinois, who put their faith into action. Your donations are greatly appreciated - especially the crib sheets!
I did return to Haiti February 11, 2003, and stayed at GLA. I also visited Callebasse School.
This year our goal for the Ruthven Pastoral Charge is to raise $7,000 to support the completion of the School at Callebasse, I would also like to help them install a Solar Power System. It would be great to sign up more sponsors for the children at the School. The cost is only $30. per month and provides a uniform, school supplies, food and assistance for the school program. All the children benefit from your support! Our goal is to find 10 NEW SPONSORS this year!
I hope and pray that, in the future, some of you will be able to accompany me to Haiti, and have the privilege of meeting all the NEW FRIENDS that we’ve made there! THANKS FOR EVERYTHING - MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS US AS WE SHARE OUR BLESSINGS WITH THOSE AROUND THE WORLD! IT IS A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL!

John Blair
Outreach Coordinator

HERE I COME AGAIN!

Yes, on November 20/03 I head back to Haiti. It's been nine months since my last visit - how the time goes by! I wonder how the children at God's Littlest Angels Orphanage have grown - how many have been adopted - how many new little ones have arrived??? I wonder how Nixon & Marion are managing at the Callebasse School - how is their new little daughter - how is the school progressing - how many English songs can the children sing now??? I wonder what exciting adventures await me - who will I meet - where will I travel in the country - how will I be able to help - what will I learn???
I know that God goes with me and that I will be able to take your love to the people of Haiti. I want to THANK YOU for all your support! SPECIAL THANKS to the UCW for sponsoring the Pasta Dinner in June. We raised $1,640 to pay the teachers at Callebasse School and to help add the second floor to the school building. It's a wonderful project!
SPECIAL THANKS to those who sponsor children at Callebasse - we have 13 New Sponosrs this year! All those who attend (approx 70 children) are supplied with a school uniform, learn to read and write, study the Bible, and are given a hot meal at lunch time every day! This gives the children and all their families HOPE!

SPECIAL THANKS to all who donated sheets & supplies for God's Littlest Angels Orphanage. Those little children are very special and close to my heart.

I will be staying at the Orphanage again this year, and I know how much John and Dixie Bickel appreciate your kindness.

THANKS TO ALL FOR CARING SHARING!

Our Annual Walk-a-thon was held on Saturday, October 4th. We once again walked the Chrysler Greenway (approx 30 miles) and we all appreciate your support. You can still sponsor any of the walkers (Debi, Ann, Reenie, Harold, Linda & more) or make a donation for the walk. All the money raised will go to our Haiti Mission Project. We hope and pray that this year we will raise enough to complete the second level of the school.

Once again, THANK YOU! MAY GOD BLESS YOU! PLEASE KEEP ME IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS! I will be on Haiti November 20th to December 4th.

Haiti Here I Come Again!

CHRISTMAS IN CALLEBASSE, HAITI

On November 26, 2003 two local men, Jack Lecot of Leamington and John Blair of Ruthven, celebrated Christmas with the children and teachers at Callebasse Christian School in the Kenskoff Mountains of Haiti. Each child was given a French Language Children's Bible supplied by the Gideons.
These children are from very poor families and this was the first book of their own that they had ever received - they were so excited! They were also each given a Christmas Gift Bag supplied by many in the area who gave generous donations. The children sang songs in Creole and in English. John had taught them a few simple English songs on his last visit. He said, "It was so inspiring to hear these children sing the songs I taught them. We sang together and laughed together and had a great time!"

On November 26, 2003 two local men, Jack Lecot of Leamington and John Blair of Ruthven, celebrated Christmas with the children and teachers at Callebasse Christian School in the Kenskoff Mountains of Haiti. Each child was given a French Language Children's Bible supplied by the Gideons. These children are from very poor families and this was the first book of their own that they had ever received - they were so excited!
They were also each given a Christmas Gift Bag supplied by many in the area who gave generous donations. The children sang songs in Creole and in English. John had taught them a few simple English songs on his last visit. He said, "It was so inspiring to hear these children sing the songs I taught them. We sang together and laughed together and had a great time!"
The school is being sponsored by the Olinda-Ruthven United Church and is an official Outreach Program for the Ruthven Pastoral Charge. The construction of the first level of the school has now been completed. There are two classrooms where the children learn to read and write. The second level will be started in February which will be a residence for the principal, Nixon, and his family. There will also be a guest room and John is anxious to return to see the progress. The Haiti Mission Project Fund at Ruthven pay the six teachers at Callebasse School monthly, and also supply funds to complete the school building. There is also a Sponsorship Program for the children at the school. Jack and John took gifts from many sponsors and presented them to their sponsored child. They are so appreciative of all we do for them. John explains, "The mountain people of Haiti are so special. They are a warm, loving, handsome people who have a strong Christian faith and they need our help. Only 30 % of the children are given the opportunity of receiving an education, and that is being supplied by Mission Groups.

I'm so glad that we can reach out and share our faith! It's so rewarding!"

John is thrilled about the support the local community has offered and invites anyone interested to contact him.
He is available to supply information about Haiti or to speak to groups interested in sponsoring children at the Callebasse School. He challenges us all, "This is an opportunity to reach out and put our faith into action. God expects us to share our blessings so let's work together to help the children of Haiti!"

John Blair
Outreach Coordinator



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