Thursday, April 7, 2011

School in Simone/Pele

Here is a list of the projects that Aid In Action is doing on an ongoing basis.

We financially support Pastor Exil monthly--

financially support the children' program with teachers and food, about 75 kids in program--

purchased music instruments, speakers and key board for church--

and just started another children's program in Citi Soley with about 52 kids right now, this area is poorer than where Pastor Exil is now--

paid to rebuild Pastor Farem's home--

assisted in finishing Oriol and Ruth's home, Oriol is the leader for the children's programs and they just got married in February 2011--

and brought  medical supplies to Maranatha Children's Home and Brothers of Charity Hospital.

While the new school that the Japanese NGO built is a blessing to the community, it is rarely being used. Families do not have the money to pay for the children to go to school or for school supplies. We can help by paying the teachers and purchasing pencils, paper and supplies. We need 7 teachers and they will have a salary of $90/month. All the children in the community can go to the school for free and it is open to all of them. We expect that there will be around 300+ elementary age children at the school.

 Please consider supporting this program by monthly sponsoring a teacher or giving toward school supplies. As soon as we have enough commitments we will open the school for all the community. Basic education is a great way to help an under developed, struggling nation to improve its prospects.

Also consider supporting the Brothers of Charity Hospital in Simon/Pele by being a supporter of Lisa's marathon fundraiser.

April update

We are beginning to see some progress in housing in Haiti since I was there in January as more homes are being built outside the city and people are leaving the tent cities to live out there. Although there are many still living in the tent cities there is a great deal of plots of land being sold or given to families if they would move out of the tents.
 We got to be a small part of the rebuilding in March when a team of 5 went down from Colorado and built Pastor Exil's home. He now has the nicest home in the community. His home was part church, school and their personal home too and it collapsed in the earthquake. We finally got the lot cleared of the rubble this last January and built a kit home from an organization that provides work for the Haitians at their factory in Port Au Prince. The house cost less than $5000 to build with the additional concrete work needed and paint.
Jack and Sarah cleaning up the lot.

Sarah attracting lots of friends.

The lady in the middle was one of our patients and came by to see us.
She had a severely broken ankle that required surgery and pins.

Pastor Exil always had a great big smile on his face.

The roof trusses going up.
This is Kenny, Pastor Exil's father. He is 78 and had to have
a part in the construction. He climbed around the roof
like a youngster.

There was always a group of onlookers.

Inside the new church, doing our Saturday kids program.
The benches we built in July 2010. 
Each week the kids get a meal before they leave, in many cases
it is the best meal all week.
This is what the finished house could look like when it is
View of neighborhood from Pastor's new house.

 In February a Japanese non-governmental organization (NGO) was able to negotiate with the land owner that the tarp covered church sits on and was able to put up a more permanent structure with plywood walls and tin roof. They also built a 4 room school near the church with school desks and black boards. We had tried to get the landowner to let us do something more permanent than tarps, but they would not let us.

We are so grateful for all of you that helped make this reality for Pastor, thank you so very much. Also thanks to Jack and Sarah Krider, Steve Wilcox and Eli Willcox for coming down and sharing their lives on this trip.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Running for the Brothers


Of Charity, Simone Pele, Port Au Prince, Haiti.

We first met the Brothers on January 15, three days after the Earth quake. Their clinic court yard was full of injured people, many reaching for you as you walked past, their jester asking for help. The brothers worked tirelessly doing everything they could for the injured. At that time they were out of drinking water and basic medical needs, but they kept on. I knew then that if I ever could I wanted to help them.

On May first I will be running the Colorado Marathon. I am using my efforts to raise awareness for their work and financially assist them. They have been my inspiration during the last five months of training. So I am asking you to help the Brothers by pledging financial support to them. 100% of your tax deductable donation will go to help the Brothers. They are in need of medical supplies as well as basic food items.

You can make your donations by paypay at Aidinaction.blogspot.

com or by check to Aid in action P.O. box 337463 Greeley, Colorado. 80633

'Missionaries of Charity' is a Roman Catholic religious order established in 1950 by Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The Missionaries of Charity Brothers (active Branch) were founded in 1963, and a contemplative branch of the Sisters followed in 1976. In 1984, the Missionaries of Charity Fathers[1] was founded by Mother Teresa with Fr. Joseph Langford, to combine the vocation of the Missionaries of Charity with the ministerial priesthood. Lay Catholics and non-Catholics constitute the Co-Workers of Mother Teresa, the Sick and Suffering Co-Workers, and the Lay Missionaries of Charity.

With much gratitude! Lisa Buxman

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