Saturday, 30 March 2013

New House for Hope House!

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We are very excited to share this news with you.  
What God says with His mouth, His Hands shall accomplish it. 
In 2005, a co-founder (Marie)  of Hope House Haiti and I had a vision whilst we were praying. We saw a huge house . it looked just like this one.  

One side of the house faced towards the Dominican Republic and the other side toward Haiti.  Marie was able to see everything on the DR side and I saw the side of Haiti. There was another storey to the building  and 2 lions , one on each side of the tall  pillars in front of the house, a prayer room was situated at the bottom right.

 In 2012 This was the new home of Just Mercy. It is situated directly behind our kitchen . After living there for only one week Bill and Janet the directors of Just Mercy  decided to sell.  
When Pastor Rod from Victory Compassion found that out he said to me: " the house is yours Eve" . This reminded me of  just how he had said it when he built the houses/ bedrooms on the land that we are on right now. The land was a desert and Pastor Rod and Bill walked on the land and said: where do you want the houses? Pierre Richard and I accepted it would be ours one day but thought this would be in the distant future and put it out of our minds.  

We don't want to elevate anybody, but our lives have changed since meeting Victory Compassion and they continue to bless us even today. 
Realising that Bill and Janet had just built the house, we felt like traitors to even propose purchasing their house. But God showed us this was His plan. This  house was built with love by many missionaries, who sacrificed their  time and used their hands to serve us. Neither of us knew they were preparing it for us. We feel so blessed to be the owner of this house. The children are happy and we gave glory to God through many songs of praise like Mesi Senye. 

Would we be able to get to where we are today  on our own? We all don't think so. The Lord uses angels to make our dreams become a reality. We thank God for the people of England, Nantucket, the people from Hurley, Missouri, Victory Compassion, HCM for their sacrificial giving to enable the purchase of this house. $60,000 during this economy is truly proof  of Gods goodness and your faithfulness to the work of God here.  On the 26 th March 2013  we signed the papers. So many people have held us in prayer during the time of the purchase . Thankyou as the prayers went up the blessings came down. 

This purchase is more than a property .  In front of the building is the Well. By owning the land we have now secured water provision , providing for Hope House Haiti , Hope Academy and all the local community.

Got skills you would like to share with Others
The Building is unfinished, there are  many opportunities to come serve  at Hope House Haiti.
Have you got Construction/ building/ wood working/ plumbing skills we would love to hear from you. 

Thursday, 21 March 2013

St Patrick's Day in Haiti

St Patrick's Day 
St Patrick's Day is celebrated the world over,  the more elaborate festivities taking place outside of Ireland. It is said there are only two Nationalities in the World those who are Irish and those who wish they were!

In Petionville at the Irish Embassy, the first  St. Patrick's day in Haiti took place. Nationalities from all over the world were in attendance. The kids at Hope House were invited to join the celebrations. Digicel (a mobile phone company ) kindly gave their minibus to transport the children, without whom this would have been impossible. What an amazing outing. It was a triple celebration 3 of  the children Ricardo(16), Mrylande(12) and Pierre Richardson(3) all celebrated their Birthdays together.
Yvrose and Pierre Richard have a desire for the children to be taken out somewhere on their Birthdays and today it certainly was a great outing, everyone could go!  Nobody  knowing quite what to expect.

Vicki, one of the employees at The Irish Embassy had visited Hope House and orchestrated the event.  Each child was given a green T- shirt and Shamrock Head boppers. A special green birthday cake had been made by the Irish Embassy but also it had each of the children's names written in icing. Certainly a new experience for these children. Happy Birthday was sung with gusto by all those in attendance . Cake was shared out with everyone. Party food of Hamburgers and French Fries was enjoyed by all.  How wonderful for Hope House children to get to experience what children all over the world see as normal.  They got to meet children from other areas that they would never get to meet as their lives are very different. They danced, sang, laughed and had fun with the leprechauns!


You are so welcome to join with us at Hope House Haiti

Why did we get involved with Haiti?

Our local English village school in Bolney twinned with Hope Academy school in Haiti in 2011.  This led to trips to Haiti, spending  quality time with Yvrose and Pierre Richard  Ismael, their family and school community with no agenda other that getting to know them.

Yvrose and Pierre Richard do an amazing work voluntarily, providing a free school for 300 of the most needy children in their local community of Fonds Parisien, Haiti, near the Dominican Republic Border. On the same site the couple run a children's home for 28 children.  They also run medical clinics for visiting medical professionals and provide free translation services. 

 Many people from USA, South America,  Spain, France, Tenerife, Poland and the UK have had the privilege of visiting them. Yvrose and Pierre Richard are an inspiration to all they meet!

Sometimes when we give to others abroad, there are concerns whether the gift will really get to the person who needs it! Those who have been to Hope House Haiti can verify that all monetary gifts are spent on meeting the needs of the children whether it be, school lunches, school resources, clothing, sanitary provisions etc. Alternatively, monetary gifts can be used for a specific purpose when indicated  by the Donor such as ice creams for the children.

We are in the the process of building a website and as a part of that there will be a facility to Donate if you wish to.  Watch this space!

We will keep you up to date with what is happening with our friends  in Haiti.