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!
WHAT IS MAISON?
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.
It costs about $25,700 to run the orphanage effectively every month.
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.
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 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.
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.
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Meet Camp & Allyson
They are a sweet young married couple who will be serving unitl August at Maison. Here is what they wrote about their first few days in Haiti.
Our first few days of our 3 month stay in Haiti have been awesome!
Camp and I have been getting accustomed to the O and trying to tackle the hard task of learning as many of the kids names as possible. We've also been searching for the best way to use our talents to improve the children's lives. We plan on using our time here to give each child one on one time at least once a week. We'll use this one on one time to work on reading, English, math, etc... And also just to love on them! We're really looking forward to the rest of our time here with these great kiddos and workers at the O! We really appreciate all the prayers and support!
Allyson and Camp
***Thank you all so much for your prayers and support, we are safely and happily in Haiti and had a great first day!***
We arrived in Port au Prince this morning (5/19) around 9:30 and were picked up by the orphanage driver Jackson who took us straight to Maison (the orphanage). We were attacked greeted by many enthusiastic familiar faces who we were so glad to see. Some of the older kids were in classes, so we mainly held some sweet babies, met the couple from Austin who will be at Maison interning for three months, and played with little kids.
We had a hot Haitian lunch (rice and bean sauce) and then planned out some things for the afternoon. After lunch we played bingo with the kids. Some of the kids totally understood and had no problem while others needed help. The picture makes it look 99% more peaceful than it actually was.
[haiti may 2]
Mom and I (K) went with the intern couple to look for some fresh fruit on the streets, where we found a lot of people selling casino cookies (DELICIOUS) and drinks, but no one selling fruit. We finally found a woman with a basket full of pineapples who sold us one; mission accomplished! We read books with some of the kids and played jump rope with others.
At about 5 pm we went back to the guest house and had a special dinner of hamburgers, french fries, and fried plantains. It is now 8 pm and storming here, and we’re all tired and ready for some rest. I will probably try to blog every few days, depending on what’s going on around here. Thank you so much for all the prayers!!!
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
We received this beautiful email from a sweet suporter. Thank you to Rebecca and all those that support Maison.
I have always had this overwhelming urge, to "Pimp Joy".Because of Amy, and the Bobby Bones show, I learned about Maison des Enfants de Dieu,
and decided I needed to do something for the children, and the nannies.
I love crafts, and had decided I would make rubber band bracelets. I started making the bracelets, long before I knew how I was going to get them to the home. I made over 150, as many as I thought there might be a wrist to wear. Many of the bracelets have glowing bands, so the children will have joy in the dark too. I didn't want to leave out the nannies, with out them, there would be little joy.
When I was eight and a half years old, I was removed from my home, and placed into foster care. Forty three years ago, when I adopted, I didn't know how lucky I was. Most people wanted babies. My new parents, already had children, and they already had a baby. While I was never fortunate to have my own children, I am proud to say that I am an aunt of twelve. My "baby" sister has eight of them. Five are adopted! I am so proud of my sister.
Thank you Christy, for helping me to give a small amount of joy to the children.
*Pictures will come soon
As a creche,we have been opened our doors to receive kids in needs:abandoned kids,kids with families that cannot take care of them and handicap kids. Improving the Haitian children situation is our main goal. We have been working hard to reach this goal by hosting them,feeding them,providing medical care for them and finding forever family for them. Maison is very committed to this. We are blessed to say that we have helped thousands and thousands kids in over ten years:some still leave in Haiti and most of them are with their adoptive families. We worked in the past in reuniting families too when we realized it was the best choice for the kids. We have helped birth families to stand on their own feet by micro loans. Every kid deserves a family. It is always a great privilege to raise a child.
Maison has been working in kids education. At the creche,we provide school for our kids.We want them to get an education where they have the basics to continue classes in the States or wherever they go. It is our responsibility to make sure they are growing up in their mind because we are building up men and women for tomorrow. We always value the privilege to be part of our kids life or a period of their life. Our influence on them should be positive because it will impact their life forever;that is why this is not a job,this is a Ministry. Our dream is to have a bigger school to open our doors to kids outside to come and benefit as well, the blessing we have. The best way we can change their life is by education.
It is recommended by the Lord to raise a child in the way he should go, which means raise him first to know the Lord. As a christian Ministry,it is an obligation to teach our kids to know God by Bible study,prayers,services,VBS and by our behavior. We are their immediate examples. It is important for us they have a relationship with Jesus,for those that can understand. We are so thankful for our friends that came many times to do VBS with our kids. Today,we a church at Maison:Shammah Tabernacle of Victory,where they worship the Lord. When a child is following the Words,it is the greatest guarantee that this child will be a contribution to the society not a danger,an honor not a shame,a joy not a sadness later in his life. It is amazing to see kids at Maison leading services as an adult. I am so proud of them. My prayer is for them to continue to grow and become a man or a woman of God.
Friends,There are many other things I don't mention that Maison has been doing,but I would like to tell you,all of them have been possible because of your prayers,your trips to Haiti and your donations. There is noway,we could accomplish them without you. We are doing it together. At this point of time,we really need your help to pay our rent. Please consider to make a donation to keep the roof over these precious kids. Your contribution means a lot for us. Remember "whatever you do for the least of these,you do it for Him".
Written by: Chelsea
Chelsea’s love of Haiti started young. We all had a friend Maureen Nielsen who loved Haiti and went to live in Haiti when Chelsea was young. Maureen worked in an orphanage and brought to Rochester a young girl Berta who needed heart surgery. Berta stayed in Chelsea’s home while she recovered from surgery and Maureen would tell stories of Haiti as she did Berta’s hair.
Maureen died in Haiti in 2001 while working in an orphanage for girls. Maureen died in the place she loved. Before she died she and I (Bridget) would communicate by email and I was planning to go down to Haiti but she died before I could. Her last email to me said she was going to have to check my luggage when I left because she knew I would want to bring one of her little girls home with me. When I decided to adopt I decided to adopt from Haiti because Maureen is right I wanted to bring one of her little girls home with me. Although Maureen did not work at Maison, her spirit was with me through the adoption process.
Chelsea has known Marena my daughter all of Marena’s life. Her love of Haiti continues to grow. Chelsea wanted to remember Maureen and her love of Haiti on her wedding day. Instead of spending money on a favor that most will just discard Chelsea and Dan wanted to provide for the Haitian children that Maureen loved so much. They chose Maison because this is the orphanage where Marena began her life and Marena is the one who told Dan to marry Chelsea the first time she met him!
We would all like to come to Maison next year to see the children and show them pictures of the wedding and bookmarks they helped to make. Marena is excited to see her first home and love the children who are just like her. Going to Haiti will fulfill a promise Chelsea and her mother made to visit the country Maureen loved so much.
The first one is the fact that more than fifty percent of our population are women. The represent a big economic force in our economy. You can find them in every level of our economy. They work very hard to take care of their families and give a future to their kids in a country where 70% of the population is not working. They are strong,resilient and persistent. They make all kind of business to sustain their families. They always have hope that tomorrow will be better. Years ago,Haiti started to give them access to the political realm. Our government counts now more than 25% of women in it. They have been proving themselves as compassionate people that really care of the sufferings of the population.
The other reason that makes women generally special is the privilege God has given them to be the door to the physical world. Any human being cannot access this physical world without passing by a woman. This is a principle that God set up since the creation. Jesus has to obey to that principle in coming thru Marie. God has created their body special to carry the baby,to nurse the new born and to take care of grown kids. Women are strong. Not every man can completely see his wife giving birth in the maternity without falling in unconsciousness. Their maternity sense is protectively higher than man. We owe them love,respect and protection.
To all the women in the world specially those that are serving Maison and FHG either in Haiti,in the States and in the world,we all, at the creche,want to unify our voice to tell you we love you and we are thankful for everything you have done to keep Maison running. We still have needs such as formula,diapers,clothes,shoes and financial needs. We will continue to be grateful to you(men and women) for any help you will send to our kids. May God bless you abundantly.
A Blog from Intern Ashley
And so it began. Mary France informed us how many were needed, phone calls were made to get a price quote, wiring the funds took an act of congress, more phone calls were made due to a sudden price increase, frustration and heartache over the unnecessary drama, and then FINALLY it happened. I am pretty sure the Big Guy upstairs was wore out from all our prayers for these mattresses to happen:) But it HAPPENED and the mattresses were ordered and would be delivered on Saturday around 4pm.
The Pfaff crew was ecstatic- well, we all were- but due to the madness that happened we didn't tell the kiddos in case something went wrong, and then we would have to try and undo that excitement.
Saturday was birth family day (see previous blog) and after they families left we were all outside playing with the kiddos when all of the sudden they all started cheering and jumping up and down. Jackson was here- and had all 23 mattresses!!!!! The excitement was something I will never forget. What child do you know that gets excited over getting a new mattress. (Kind of reminded me of the undies day!!). Well I can tell you these kids get excited over new Mattresses!!! I took some video but not sure if it will upload or not, so it will be pictures for now.
Garry helped Jackson unload the mattresses into the kids rooms while the nannies removed all the old ones.
It was a great ending to a wonderful month with the Pfamily and a perfect ending to Birth Day Visitation for the kids. I hope they slept like champions- of course the mattresses might need to be broken in first :)
out with the old......
Today we celebrated all February and March Birthday. This is a total excuse, but with all the visitors these past few months the birthday celebrations fell short.
Along with Christmas, I LOVE birthday, and I love to make them a huge deal- regardless if the other person wants it or not (wink wink). So I was feeling pretty crummy about not being able to make these as big of a deal as I do in the states, but we were still able to make it pretty special for them. And they had a good day. We celebrated with balloons and yummy cakes. And right before lunch... hopefully the nannies don't hate us too much. :)
Usually Saturday is reserved for R&R and doing things outside of the orphanage. Today will be quite the opposite as we have a full day scheduled there. I am coming to terms with the fact that we will be leaving on Monday which is heartbreaking for so many reasons. It would take a miracle donation to allow us the opportunity to stay another few weeks, but stranger things have happened….right?
I can’t remember if we ever posted the update, but we were in fact able to purchase new mattresses for all of the boys and girls in the back. (If you are interested in hearing the full story of the mattress saga and how we got it done then leave comments below and I will write the post.) The excitement of giving them out today is somewhat countering my sadness about leaving Haiti. I wonder what their reaction will be? I’m guessing that they will be no different than I was when I was a kid. I know that when I got a gift that I NEEDED versus one that I WANTED, or better yet could PLAY with… my reaction was much different. I may be surprised and they might get really excited – I can’t wait to find out.
The other main event at the orphanage is that all of the birth families are coming today. Many of the children have voiced their excitement about this visit. Also, I have been told that many of them want to introduce us to their birth parents/family. What an honor. I am excited for this and hope my little knowledge of the language will suffice. I am also looking forward to observing their interactions today. I have been privy to numerous conversations about adoptive parents/birth parents and opinions surrounding the relationships now and moving forward. I always just listen, as I have never been exposed to it. It is an interesting debate that I think honestly can’t be covered by a blanket approach. Every situation is different. Rhiana and I started the adoption process twice and both times it never moved passed the beginning stages for reasons outside of our control. We understand the hearts of the adopting families very well. I look forward to this opportunity and expect to be moved.
I promise to post more later – I have so much more to write about… but my hands are tired and sore from replacing screen windows yesterday. These aren’t the screens that you buy at Home Depot or Lowes. This is old school: pull down the frame, remove the old screen, cut and attach a new screen, and reinstall. No complaints – just a little whining and I want to have some life left in them for guitar with the children later today.
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