After the earthquake hit Haiti last January, we heard
about a group of orphaned children living in
Fondwa that needed our help. Through your generous
gifts, and our partnership with the local apparel company
Bring The Hope, we raised $8,000 to bring aid to the
people of this mountain village that is located roughly
one hour south and west of Port-au-Prince.
In late August, four KidsFirst Foundation board members
paid their way to join a group of 15 people on a
mission trip that included members of St. Luke’s
United Methodist Church, Family Health Ministries and
Bring The Hope. The group spent a week working in
Fondwa and the donations were put to good use in
several important ways.
Fondwa lost its schoolhouse in the earthquake. So, the
mission team constructed a new temporary structure
that is currently housing more than 200 schoolchildren.
The kids at this school score very well on national
tests and education is essential to their future. We
are pleased to report that our structure withstood the
recent hurricane that hit Haiti and that no one was
injured in Fondwa during that storm.
In addition to constructing and painting the schoolhouse,
our team also painted several other temporary
shelters around the community. But the building and
painting was just half of the mission. The team also
spent a lot of time getting to know the orphaned kids
in Fondwa. The group played games, shared stories,
sang songs and took a very special field trip to the
beach in Jacmel. For many of the kids, it was their first
time to go swimming.
We are also pleased to report that the good news
didn't end when the trip was over. In September, we
held our fifth annual KidsFirst Foundation Dinner and
participants at that event helped us raise more than
$14,000 to continue helping our friends in Fondwa.
Those funds will go to sponsor 15 schoolchildren,
help build a permanent school in the year(s) ahead and
bring a new structure called Paulette’s House to life.