We first heard about the children of Project 7 in early 2012. They were a fragile group, having come out of situations of abandonment -- living on the streets and in some cases living as "resteveks" [a form of child slavery]. Their dedicated Haitian rescuers and caregivers had families of their own, but were committed to keeping this group together and safe with whatever resources they could scrounge up. God led us into their lives when their situation had become desperate and prayer was their last resource.
Since then, we have brought in voluntary support from around the world -- agricultural specialists to jump-start the garden, engineers to put together house plans, construction managers to teach and work alongside the locals, donated items that filled a huge container and friends to deliver and organize it all...and much more than can even be told!
People have come alongside with incredible amounts of self-sacrifice and this has made a huge difference.
But without financial resources, much of this could not have been accomplished. Many many people who have joined hands in this work have never stepped foot on the land in Haiti, but their contributions are no less significant! These supporters stay at home, putting in the required hours at work in order to financially support what God is doing here. We are so thankful for each of you.
We call you our partners. You donate what you can on a monthly basis, some of you giving larger lump sums earmarked for specific things. You have specifically funded our security wall, purchased fruit trees, sponsored the children's school tuition and uniforms, and provided the money for our psychologist Ricardo's salary. You play a HUGE part in the blessed life these children are now living and we want to thank you.
As the project continues to develop and grow toward ultimate sustainability we need more people joining with us to support the village. We are hiring several more important staff members -- additional gardeners to grow more food and security guards to provide increased protection. We are also in the exciting phase where we need to provide start up money for income generating businesses that are in the works. This info-graphic will hopefully help you understand where the monthly money goes and inspire you to become part of the team!
Click here to partner with the Project 7 Children's Village in Haiti, supporting the monthly budget as we help move them toward self-sufficiency.
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