Posted on July 20th, 2015

What have we been up to this month? Well, I'm glad you asked!!
This month has been busy for us here at FHG Outreach. We’ve had two teams go out to the orphanage so far. Two of the teams focused on construction, bringing supplies, and simply loving on kids. We have another team that heads out tomorrow and they are running a camp for the kids. They will be having a big puppet show in Creole. They will be doing camp games, arts, crafts, music, sports and all other kinds of fun stuff!
            It’s such an amazing opportunity for these kids for teams to come and see that there are people all over the world that are thinking about them and willing to take time out of their lives to be with them. It’s also amazing for teams to go and see how these kids live and have the ability and resources to help change the lives of these kids.
            Please keep the teams in your prayers as they travel and as they work with the kids over the following weeks.
            Enjoy your afternoon, God Bless!
            Katy Oliver: FHG Outreach Intern


Posted on July 13th, 2015

How was your coffee this morning?
                 According to a study done by the National Coffee Association (yes, there is such a thing) more than half of Americans drink Coffee every day and of those people, 65% drink it with breakfast, so again I ask, how was your coffee this morning? I didn’t have coffee this morning. I had tea, I like coffee but I’m out of Splenda and so if I can’t have my coffee the way I want it, I just don’t drink it at all. How much of our lives do we spend like this? If I can’t have exactly what I want, I don’t want it at all. We live in a world that caters to that. Think about Starbucks, the way you can design your own drink and order it from home, now this “give me exactly what I want” culture is not only available, it’s expected and it’s creating a generation of people who are not at all concerned about the needs of others.
                 If you haven’t guessed it, this is not a post about American coffee drinking habits, it’s a post about the difference between needs and wants and what that looks like specifically for the orphans living in Maison, an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
                 I know there are orphans everywhere and people all over the world are impoverished and struggling and just because you had a cup of coffee this morning doesn’t mean you’re in a place of total stability, you have struggles too. I know. I'm not trying to guilt anyone into anything, I’m simply challenging you to think about people you’ve probably never thought of before. If you don’t believe me about the needs of the people of Haiti, take a look: http://www.forhisgloryoutreach.org/haiti.htm
                 While you’re soaking all of this in, I want to tell you about our room sponsorship program and the amazing things it does for these sweet babies. These children need things, things that to us are commonplace, like food or toilet paper or shoes and sponsoring a room for these kids helps provide these things to not just one child, but a large group of children. To put it in perspective, say you go to Starbucks and get a coffee every day, the National Coffee Association says that Americans drink 3.1 cups of coffee daily and that the average cup of coffee costs between $2-$3 that’s roughly $6-$9 daily which is $42-$63 a week spent on coffee. Sponsoring a room of children is $35 a month which is less than the average American spends on coffee in a week. Imagine giving up one of those 3.1 cups of coffee a day for two weeks you would save roughly $28-$42 which could go toward sponsoring a room of children that will live off of your donation of $35 for a whole month.
                 Imagine while drinking your cup of coffee tomorrow morning, you’re sitting there in your flannel pajama pants and slippers trying to mentally prepare for the day. Maybe you have your own babies to consider, maybe you’re a bachelor who hasn’t contemplated having children ever. Whoever you are, think about a group of kids who don’t have the luxury of a peaceful moment for breakfast, not because they have busy lives or stuff to do but because breakfast itself is a luxury. So I challenge you to really pray and ask God if a room sponsorship is something He would have you do and at the very least, please be praying for the children in the orphanage of Maison, as well as the nannies and staff.
To find out more about our room sponsorship program please visit us at:
http://helpmaison.snappages.com/
to read more about our organization, For His Glory Outreach, visit our website: http://www.forhisgloryoutreach.org/support.htm
Enjoy your morning coffee,
God Bless,
Katy Oliver
FHG Intern


Posted on June 29th, 2015

All the kids have finished school and we are SO proud of them. Teacher Johnson's classroom got repainted and he got an office and new curriculum for next year. The kids in his class are excited for summer, but will miss class every morning. Teacher Sophia's kindergarten class has accomplished a lot this year. They spent time learning letters, numbers, conversation skills in English, and doing fun crafts!
The rest of the kids who attended school went down the road to a Haitian school. They just finished up their year. Medjina and Mitchella finished 5th grade with fantastic grades. Medjina was in a 6th grade math class. Djolonda finished 4th grade. All the kids are graded on a scale of 1 to 10 and the those three girls made all high grades. We are very proud of them.
Eleven more boys and girls attended first grade together. They all worked hard and had fun. We would like to recognize the top performing students who made outstanding grades on their final exams. Drum roll please............... Francia, Gabou, and Gabriel!! They worked very hard and it showed in their exam scores! Good job guys!! Most improved student is Gastin!
Now it is summer and the kids are ready for fun! Medjina is 13 and really enjoys school and doesn't want to take a break for summer. When asked what she wanted to do this summer she said "I am going to do a school for the girls". She has started giving all the girls assignments and tests. On the first day they raised their make-do Haitian flag and got to work in their bedroom at make-do tables. We are proud of Medjina for choosing such a great way to spend her time. She is a great teacher and will help the girls get ready for school next year!

Posted on April 15th, 2015

One of the most common questions we hear is "How can I help Maison?" We love that so many people are interested in helping provide Maison's needs, and today we're sharing 5 ways that you can serve the children and staff of Maison!
 

Sponsor a Room

By becoming a room sponsor, you can help provide food, education, and loving nannies for the children in your sponsored room. Sponsors receive monthly updates with photos, and can even send letters and small gifts to their sponsored room. Click on the 'sponsorship program' tab or visit helpmaison.snappages.com to learn more!


Donate Supplies

Maison can always use diapers, powdered milk, baby formula, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, and plastic cups and spoons. Whether you hold a huge drive at your church, or simply collect a few items as a family, we are so appreciative of donations! Just email forhisgloryoutreach@gmail.com and we will let you know where you send items.

Receive a Few Extra Texts

This one is seriously so easy! FHG has a super cool partnership with I-Texts, where you can support Maison by receiving a few extra texts every week. Just test MAISON to 70000 and follow the instructions to sign up. You'll receive a few texts a week with coupons, and I-Texts will donate about $5/month to Maison. If it's your kind of thing, sign up and tell your friends!

Spread the Word

Getting the word out about Maison is an awesome way to help us support the people of Haiti! We love when you share any of our posts on social media to your page, so make sure to like us on Facebook (facebook.com/FHGMaison) and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FHGMaison. If you're not into post sharing and retweeting, you can send a simple email or talk to your friends. Just the word "Haiti" is an awesome conversation starter, and we'd be honored if you shared about Maison with your friends and family!

Tell Us Your Idea

We have received so much amazing support from groups who come up with a cool idea on their own and ask what we think. Usually, our answer is "go for it!" Past examples include bake sales, asking for donations instead of birthday gifts, fundraising by running a marathon, purchasing a washing machine, and even putting on a dance and yoga camp. Send a message
 to forhisgloryoutreach@gmail.com, we'd love to help you in any way we can!

Posted on December 8th, 2014

Click on the donation page to make a donation and receive a gift. 

Posted on November 26th, 2014


Posted on November 23rd, 2014


Instead of receiving gifts for his 7th birthday, Lorvens asked his friends and family to make a donation to help the kids at Maison! Lorvens was adopted from Maison, and we LOVE his selfless heart to give back to his friends at the O!

Posted on November 20th, 2014


Posted on October 11th, 2014

Monday


On Monday the older kids went back to school at the neighborhood school and the orphanage school, and the little kids went to the orphanage preschool. After school a tutor comes to help the older kids with their homework and work on their French and English skills.                          


Tuesday


Tuesday was Bernado's Birthday! This adorable boy turned 4 this week!

 

Wednesday


On Wednesday mornings the nannies usually spend some time in prayer and worship for the orphanage. On Wednesday we talked about sponsorship and I-texts on Facebook.


Thursday


On Thursday Steika went home to be with her forever family!! A lot of the kids had their pictures taken by Papi Franckis for #B4T.

Friday

Friday was #B4T day!!! We loved seeing everyone's foot pics and hope you had fun going barefoot to represent the kids! In December a team for Soles4Souls will be bringing new shoes for all the kids!

Saturday

On Saturday Naika went home with her mom and dad!!! Happy day!!!


Posted on September 30th, 2014


Posted on September 26th, 2014


By the time I was born in 1963, my parents already had seven children. The first four, had been removed from the home, and given back, on multiple occasions. The next three, by the time they were 1, 2, and 3 years old, were taken away, and put up for adoption. My parents then had three more. When I was 8, my brother 6, and our sister 4, and I, were taken and put up for adoption. Being 8, I was old enough to not only know what was going to happen, but be involved in the decision of whether or not I wanted to be adopted by the family that wanted me. I had been told of the opportunities I would have, by being adopted. As a child, of course I did not want to leave my birth family, but agreed that my life would be better. I was never an orphan, or ever lived in an orphanage, but I know a little about having someone want you enough to make you their own. I know what it is like to see things and do things I never would have had the chance to see or do. Fast forward many years later, I'm listening to my favorite morning radio show, and they are talking about Amy going to the orphanage. "Cool,” I think. Along comes 30Abes, and I was hooked. Then, Amy's mother, Judy decided to choose joy, and people started Pimpin' Joy. I decided I wanted to pimp joy to the nannies and children of the orphanage, so I made bracelets for all of them.  Due to Amy posting a video, I got to see how the nannies did the laundry.  I am a housekeeper, and have done many loads of laundry, and knew that there had to be a better way for the nannies to get their work done easier and faster. After a little research, I found the perfect washer. I was then left with, how do I pay for it, and how will I get it to them.  I had been discussing this problem with clients of mine, and many agreed that they would like to help chip in. So with their help, and help from my friends, and my saving my birthday check from my mother, and doing extra work, I was able to come up with the money to get the first washer. I then received an inheritance check, and there was no question as the first thing I would get with it. The second washer shipped not to long ago.
 
Rebecca G.
 

Posted on September 25th, 2014


Posted on September 19th, 2014

Love the Kids? Love shopping on Amazon? Why not combine the two together? If you shop through Amazon Smile, the orphange will receive a donation. Start shopping! Sign up for: For His Glory Adoption Outreach.

http://smile.amazon.com/ref=smi_em_wel_rem_smi

Posted on September 16th, 2014

Opportunities for education, in Haiti, are rare. Every child deserves a chance for education and it is a privilege and honor for children to attend school in Haiti.  This treasured experience often comes at a very high price.  That is why, when children are given the opportunity to attend school, we want to celebrate.  At the beginning of September, the children at Maison celebrated with at “Back to School” pep rally.  It was a special time for the orphanage where all the school-age kids received new shoes and name tags either for their place in the classrooms at Maison. 
 
Thanks to some generous donors, 16 children will be attending school down the road, outside of the orphanage.  These are children who are likely to be at Maison for at least one more year.  We are excited to have been able to provide Teacher Johnson with a load of new school supplies and a small room renovation including: flannel board, recognition areas for good reading, behavior, and obedience.  He will also be receiving some new math books that will be appropriate for all the ages of the students.
 
We wish you could have been here on Monday morning to see how excited the children were to start school.  The light in their faces said it all.
 
Joy.  The kids were so happy. They were jumping for joy because it is a new day and a new opportunity in their lives. For those children going to an outside school, it is the opportunity for them to wear new clothes, new shoes, new backpacks, and a new uniform.  As you know, children are always happy with new things.
  
New Perspectives.  It is important for our children to understand that life outside the walls is not the same as what they experience at the orphanage. There are a lot of things that our children will learn this school year about people, their personalities, the privilege to be at the orphanage, and the importance to stand up for yourself as a person.  
 
Education.  Education is the best way, after the knowledge of the Lord, to make sure our children will be a man or a woman of quality, an asset to the society, and an honor to you and I as their parents or sponsors.  What a privilege to be a part of their destiny!
 
We are so thankful to all of you that have been deploying great efforts to guarantee this future for our children.  We would like to wish a special "thank you" to Sandy Kimbrough for organizing all of our back to school efforts.
 
We invite all of you to stand with us to keep providing for the kids to attend school, as it adds additional expenses. Please consider partnering with us as together, we can guarantee a better future for our children.
 

Posted on August 9th, 2014

I will never forget the night we brought our adopted son, Wilson, home from Maison.  After a long three plus years he was finally home.  He had so much fun looking at the airplane, and seeing images he had only dreamed about until that day. 
 
When we arrived home, he said he was thirsty.  I pointed to the faucet and mentioned he could get water there.  I will never forget his look like, “What, I can drink from that thing?” He even turned it off and on several times watching the water drip from the faucet.  He couldn’t believe you could drink water from the faucet.    
 
Wilson was not used to clean water from the tap.  The children at the orphanage do have access to clean water, but it comes at a high price.  Maison has been buying clean water daily for the children and staff.   The expense of clean water adds up. Did you know that 783 million people lack access to an improved source of drinking water?
 
We are so grateful that Maison will now have access to clean water by the way of a well.  Our deepest thank you to TEEM Haiti for making this well happen, and to Living Water International for drilling the well. 
 

Posted on July 25th, 2014

Dance Week at Maison


Posted on July 10th, 2014


Posted on July 10th, 2014

Things are going smoothly here at Maison! Ever since us interns have gotten here, the big thing we’ve been working on is discipline. We’re trying to use positive reinforcement as much as possible when kids listen, obey, and help out around the orphanage. We’ve started a star chart, where kids can earn stars by behaving well, but can also lose stars when they disobey. If a kid gets 10 stars they get candy, and once they get 20 stars we’ll bring them to the store and they can pick out something to drink.

Recently we’ve had some birth parents come to the orphanage to visit, and there have been some adoptive families that have come by also. Some kids are leaving to go home with their parents soon!

We’ve been spending some really good one on one time with the babies in baby room one to help with their development. They get plenty of time outside of the cribs, but it’s also important for them to be held and get their own time with someone. We’ve also been trying to get the toddlers and kids in baby room two out of their rooms more often. Sometimes we bring them and color with chalk to get the creativity flowing, and other times we go play on the porch.

Overall things are going well! We’ve seen some positive changes since the star chart, and are having a really good time with the kids!


Posted on June 26th, 2014

WHAT IS MAISON?

Maison de Enfants de Dieu is located in the Delmas area of Port au Prince, Haiti.  The several-acre campus includes one main building that houses two baby rooms, the toddler room, 2 offices, some storage areas, a medical office, and a small multi-purpose room that is used for preschool in the mornings and other activities as needed.   The front porch is often occupied with visitors, children, and staff. 
 
In the back there is a lot of open space, including a long driveway where vehicles can be parked and a large area for the laundry to be done (by hand, daily, by local women).
  There is one large covered concrete pavilion and another smaller one where the kids jump rope, play, etc.  A second building holds a kitchen area, three more rooms for kids (girls, boys, and older girls), a school area upstairs, and some storage for tools, food, and more.
There is also a small greenhouse-type portable building that is sometimes used for long-term guests and/or storage. 
 
Maison is supported financially by For His Glory Adoption Outreach; both are 100% dependent on the generosity of people who have a heart for the children there and choose to give financially.  We desire a true partnership with those who give financially, and hope that they pray for the children and staff as well.

FINANCES/NEEDS

Some of the monthly expenses include the following:

Diapers:

It costs about $25,700 to run the orphanage effectively every month.

The girls’ room houses ten girls ranging in age from 4 to 8.
It is painted purple and they sleep on bunk beds.  These girls attend school daily at Maison, except in the summer.  All the kids wear uniforms to school.  Lessons are in English.

 
The boys’ room houses thirteen boys ranging in age from 4 to 12.    It has a bathroom and was recently painted with a superhero/skyscraper theme by a visiting group. The boys sleep in bunk beds. During the school year (September-May), they attend school upstairs for half a day, where they work on basic reading and math skills.
 
The older girls’ room houses nine girls ranging in age from 9 to 12.  The girls also sleep in bunk beds.  They have a little “extra” room to store some personal items, including shoes and clothes; most of the other children at Maison dress daily from whatever clothing was most recently washed.
 
Baby room 1 houses ten infants, who sleep in stacking cribs.  Angelica also resides in the infant room where she can get plenty of personal care from the baby nannies.  The baby room has a washing/changing room and storage closet where many baby supplies are stored.    
 
Baby room 2 houses ten older infants, who sometimes join the toddlers during the day to play and interact.   They sleep on toddler beds and eat more “real food” than the little babies.
 
The toddler room houses twelve toddlers, and is the place to be if you have a lot of energy!  They are mobile and verbal!  Some of them spend a lot of time on a side porch and others enjoy standing at the windows that open onto the front porch and “talking” to whoever is on the front porch. 
 
Each room has at least two nannies with the kids at all times, and a nurse is on the premises at all times.    Nannies work 12 hour shifts, and their job includes child care, some cleaning, but mostly loving on the kids!
Children eat three times a day; their diet includes a lot of rice, beans, and corn, along with some meat and other produce.  All children bathe twice daily; the boys have regular professional haircuts by a barber who visits Maison and the girls have their hair done by the nannies every few days.
Maison is blessed to have a secure facility with at least one security guard working the front gate at all times.  The children are safe and loved at Maison, and we pray that you will pray for each child’s future, both here on earth and eternally!
 

OUR GOAL

THE GOAL
Our goal is to join with 200 sponsors who will give $35/month and pray for Maison. The funds will be used for the entire operation of Maison. As a sponsor, we want you to feel connected to the kids, nannies, and other staff at Maison.  You will receive a monthly update with pictures and links to blogs of those working at Maison. 
 
NOW WHAT?
Please join us For HIS Glory in providing for the daily needs of the children at Maison.  Every gift you give is tax-deductible and you will be provided with a receipt for tax purposes.  If you would like to give more than $35 a month, please feel free to do so!  One-time donations are appreciated as well, but monthly sponsorships helps us plan more effectively and consistently for the future.  Please join the sponsorship program by visiting our website at www.forhisgloryoutreach.org and our Sponsorship Program page.
If you have questions about the sponsorship program, please email info@forhisgloryoutreach.org.

For more informatin or to download this information, please click here. We would be honored if you passed this information along to churches, family, friends and organizations.

Posted on June 9th, 2014

Last Saturday, Maison was invited to celebrate with IBESR during the International Day for Protection of Children. They had a great time!


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