Haitian Children's Aid Society - January 2013 | Hungry For Life

January 2013: ,

A team of 8 people, alongside HFL Team Leader Steve Johnson visited our local partners FONSOPED in Mirebalais, Haiti. The purpose of this trip was for the group from Haitian Children’s Aid Society (HCAS) to develop relationship alongside our field partner FONSOPED. The group engaged in many areas of their ministry including the school and orphanage and spent valuable time planning alongside FONSOPED for the new orphanage property. 2 members of this team represented Southside Church and were active in the school ministry, collecting new information and visiting with students of the school.

Read the trip blog.

Additional items accomplished: 
  • 100 Bibles purchase for the FONSOPED School
  • 10 Families blessed with a care package of food and hygiene products
  • 10+ shoeboxes distributed to students of school
  • 3 Church services attended
  • 9 students received Grade 6 graduation certificates in front of staff and family
  • 50 people received a meal alongside the graduation ceremony
  • 20+ staff received gifts
  • 1 water well began construction as a part of clean water for the school community
  • Site planning and layout was completed on new orphanage property

Team Testimonials:

“[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] spending time with the children at the school and seeing how grateful they are to attend school.”
“[This trip has impacted me and] I am amazed to see how many people are poor in life but so rich in their love for God.”
“[This trip has impacted me and] I now have a love for the Haitian people not just the children from our school.”
“I really stepped out of my comfort zone and experienced things I never thought I would. It has brought me closer to God.”
“[The experiences of this trip] have reinforced to me my purpose as a Christ follower to be obedient to my Savior and love the world like He does.”
“[The event that deeply affected me was] when I saw the homes of the students, it made me realize the great need to shelter, feed, clothe and educate the children of Haiti so they will hopefully have the ability to change their nation.”
“[The event that deeply affected me was] visiting the homes of single moms caring for 4-6 kids with no protection and little more than a survival instinct. Yet their reverence for God was so evident.”
“[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] to be less self-absorbed and commit to fundraising for the kids.”
“[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] hopefully I will remain so keenly aware of Gods’ presence, His work, His faithfulness and His provision, every day.”