Our old 5 seater car has really had a busy life and has served us well. Sadly it is on it's last legs and spends more days at the car mechanics than it does with us! When we need to pick up rice to feed the school, get food, propane gas etc we have to borrow someone else's pick up. This often results in the borrowed truck breaking down and then we have to pay also to get this also fixed. So we are launching our 2014 appeal to raise funds for a new (and reliable!) truck. We'd like to tell you a bit about why a truck is so important to us at Hope House, Haiti...
The Farm //
Our Farm, once a dream, is really developing. We are so thankful to God for entrusting the animals and chickens to us, helping us to become more sustainable. For any of you who have not visited us, we live in quite a remote area and it requires driving almost an hour over rough terrain to get most of the basic needs.
In addition, our cows are also back on our base as we needed to make sure they were cared for properly. The cows provide much needed milk for the children in the house, but we don't have any vegetation for them to eat on the school grounds. However, there is an opportunity to collect free waste vegetation from the market, but we cannot do this without our own transport. We have also got our second batch of 800 baby chickens which will need to be transported to market when they have grown, again, this is almost impossible without proper transport to do so.
As you can see, the need for a reliable diesel pick up truck is now an urgent priority. Another bonus of a pick up means that we can sanitise the back of the truck for the various farming purposes enabling us to clean it and use it for transporting the kids, those who come out to serve us and take sick people to the hospital when required.
We are delighted that as we launch this campaign we have just received confirmation that we have been granted UK charity status, which means we can now claim gift aid on all donations from tax payers as well.
If you would like to help us by contributing towards our work and specifically to the truck appeal, you can donate online via our website which has a Paypal button, or you can contact us for bank transfer details.
We are so grateful for your prayer and support in meeting our needs.