Be The Difference for an Orphan…

In 2004, a pastor friend of the Luciens took in a group of children who had been orphaned or left homeless in Gonaives, Haiti following a hurricane. This pastor put the kids in a house and found a man and a woman to care for them. With no source of regular support for the children they often went without food. A subsequent hurricane in 2008 demolished the children’s home and they were forced to escape to the roof to escape the severe flooding. The kids huddled several days on that roof watching the flood waters wash away homes, animals, and people. Pastor Henoc received an urgent call from his pastor friend who had been trying to care for the children begging for help. Henoc and Guerline agreed to help and drove as close to Gonaives as the flood waters would allow. As soon as the flood waters receded enough, the group of children crawled from the roof and walked all day to meet the Luciens. The kids had no shoes and owned only the clothing on their backs. The Luciens took them back to their home in Berard and cared for them and enrolled them in school. Every effort was made to locate the families of these children; some simply have no family while others belong to families who cannot care for them. Through donations of VOHM supporters and the labor of several short term teams, an orphanage to house these children was built next to the mission compound where the Luciens live. A couple was hired to live with the kids and care for them.

The cost of caring for all 16 orphans in our orphanage is $1500/month. That’s $93.75 per child each month or around $3.00 per child, per day. This money pays for food, clothing, medical care, and the wages of a couple who lives with the children and cares for them. Each of the kids attends school at College Susan Schuenke and their tuition is funded through our scholarship program. We are looking for donors to take on the monthly support for the daily living expenses of these children. Has this story touched your heart? You can make a difference in the lives of these kids.