Monday, June 12, 2017

A Blog by the Team - May Sponsorship Trip 2017


We love sharing the first hand experiences of those who have traveled to Haiti on a mission trip with TOHH! Check out what some of the 2017 May Sponsorship Team had to say about their week in Haiti...

This was my third trip to Tree Of Hope Haiti as well as my 11th trip to Haiti overall!  Every trip is always different from one another.  This past week’s trip was amazing!  I was able to spend time with the 6 children that I am sponsoring through TOHH.  It’s wonderful to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they see you for the first time when you return.  I think the one event that stands out the most from this trip was when my friend Carleen and I, who cosponsor a child that comes from a family of 10 children, were able to give the family a nice sized donation of food (some we brought from home and the rest we had bought in Haiti).  To hear some of the boys from this family tell me each day that they had a good meal brought me so much joy knowing that I helped to make a difference for these boys’ lives.  I cannot wait to return on my next trip in August!

- Chelle Overton



Our trip to Tree of Hope Haiti was life altering.  We routinely thank God for our many blessings, our food, shelter and clothing.  Never again will we be so blasé about it.  We have so much more than we ever imagined prior to seeing how little the people of Haiti have.  We in America are never content with what we have.  We always want more and bigger.  The people in Haiti are content with what they have even though to our eyes, they have nothing.  A one room shack with no electricity, running water, bathroom facilities or cooking appliances is not a home in our estimation. But that is where and how they live and raise their family, and it’s what they know and what they accept.  We saw little children without proper clothing or nourishment. We saw tiny buildings that house families of six, eight, ten or more people.  They are thankful for what they have, little as it is.  Those beautiful little faces stole our hearts.  We wanted to feed, clothe, and educate each one of them, but we are able to help only one at this time. One doesn’t seem adequate, but our help makes a big difference to that one. Our eyes were opened to what is important…family and support of family. We have several children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren that we count as our blessings.  God sees all His children as blessings and loves us all equally. He wants us to do the same. We will never take anyone or anything God has given us for granted again.

- Sandi and Clint Eklund


Tree of Hope Haiti has made such a positive impact in my life. Gama and Angela have opened their hearts and their home to all who want to share in their visions to help the children and families of their Haitian community. I feel more than blessed to be given the opportunity to not only sponsor children to get their education, but to also have the opportunity to be an active part of their lives The heartwarming feeling you get when invited into your sponsored child's home is so difficult to put into words. The families are excited to see you and welcome you with open arms and the grandest of smiles. I truly had the notion that I was going to Haiti to help the less fortunate, when in reality, they have helped me so much more !!! Don't just think about helping .....Just Do it!!!! One child at a time. I promise, you will not regret it. Who knows, maybe we will be on a future trip visiting our sponsored children together. PRECIOUS.


- Carleen Desrochers


My husband and I were so blessed on our recent trip to Haiti. This trip touched our hearts beyond words! We've been on other mission trips but this one was different in the way that we not only met our "children", we experienced their daily routine.  We visited their homes, schools and church. We made lasting relationships that we never could on other trips. I was overjoyed to tears on Sunday when I couldn't stop thanking God for this wonderful opportunity to be worshipping My Savior along side my "girls". My heart is still jumping for JOY over this life changing trip! We are ready for our 2nd trip and annual ones to follow. This was truly a gift from God!

- Donna and Rich Duplessie


I went to Haiti to help but they ended up changing my life. There was so much to love, graciousness, happiness, and sharing among people who have absolutely nothing materialistically that I was absolutely blown away. God is at work all around. part of my heart will always be in Haiti. Thank you Tree Of Hope Haiti for giving me the experience of a life time. The food, the people, the love of God, the experience was above and beyond anything I could have dreamed of. Thank you so much.


- Phylicia Harrison Hall










Monday, May 22, 2017

May 2017: Exciting News!

Keep an eye on your mailboxes!

Thank you for making the month of May a success at TOHH! We are so happy about the progress we have made, especially on our Pavilion Project!














We had lots of mail go out to our child sponsors and supporters this month! Just in the month of May, we sent out 69 child letters! We love keeping children and their sponsors connected, and these letters are a huge part of that! We also sent out two postcards to those on our mailing list! We sent out postcards about our 2nd Annual Meet and Greet and our 2017 Annual Report.

April 30, 2017 ~ Breaking Ground on the TOHH Pavilion
This month we have been working on our Pavilion Project! At the end of April, we broke ground and began leveling the land where the pavilion will be built. After that, we dug the trench for the wall. We are so excited about this project, and can't wait to continue working on it! We have currently raised $5,000 of the $15,000 needed for Phase 1 of the Pavilion Project. For more information or to make a donation visit https://www.purecharity.com/tohh-pavilion.
The guests have arrived!
All ready for the party!

Our month started with a big birthday party! Our Child Sponsorship Program has grown so much, and we are so happy! Now that we have 104 children sponsored, it has become difficult for us to have a separate birthday party for each sponsored child on their birthday.






So, we are having one big party each month for all the children with birthdays in that month! We had a wonderful party for our May kids on May 1st!






Samantha and Didi do Cassandra's hair!


At the beginning of May, we also said "see you later" to Cassandra, who left after staying with us for 5 weeks. She will be back at the end of May to lead our May Sponsorship Trip!









Philaure with her new goat
We are so happy to announce that we have officially given out all the goats purchased as Christmas gifts for the sponsored children!! It has been very difficult for us to find goats since Hurricane Matthew, as many livestock perished in the storm. Since October, prices have risen and goats (as well as other animals) have become scarce.

Lucienne and her goat






The remaining four children (Lucienne, Thedson, Rosemitha, and Philaure) received their goats at the beginning of May! A big thank you to all sponsors who purchased goats and other gifts for their sponsored children as Christmas gifts!!






Thank you Brenda for sending food!
We are so grateful for all of our generous, kind TOHH sponsors! One sponsor, Brenda, has been purchasing food monthly for her sponsored child, Steph Dony, and his mother, Delcame, for the past few months. Delcame is severely malnourished, and the only caretaker in Steph Dony's life. We are hoping that this gift of food will help give her strength and make her healthy! Over the past few months, we had not seen Delcame gain weight. So, we increased the amount of protein and vegetables that we were giving to Delcame. Between the months of April and May, Delcame gained 3 pounds!! We are so happy!! Thank you Brenda - you are truly changing lives!

Delcame has gained 3 pounds!
We are also so grateful for Jennifer for providing Mirlanda and her family with food! You are changing the lives of these family members!
Mirlanda is so happy to receive food!

The Louis Family receives food!
Signing up for sponsorship in our TOHH office!














We had lots of children and families come to our office in Haiti to sign up for sponsorship this month!  One of these families caught our eye, and we shared their story on Facebook. The Louis Family lives in a one-room tin house on rented land. Both parents are unemployed and having a hard time finding work. They sometimes receive food from neighbors, if it is available. After signing them up for our sponsorship program, we gave them rice, beans, macaroni, and baby food. We are so grateful to those who donate to TOHH - it is because of you that we are able to give food and other supplies to families like the Louis Family!



During May we also celebrated Mother's Day! Thank you to all the sponsor "mothers" to our TOHH sponsored children! It is because of your care, love, and support that the children in our program are able to earn their education!
Mother's Day 2017!

Thank you for making May a success! Stay updated on what's happening in Haiti and in the US by following us on social media:

TOHH Website: www.treeofhopehaiti.org
Facebook: Tree of Hope Haiti
Twitter: @treeofhopehaiti
Instagram: @treeofhopehaiti
To donate to TOHH, please click here: http://treeofhopehaiti.org/donations/

TOHH ANNOUNCEMENTS:


2nd Annual TOHH Meet and Greet!


We're getting ready for our 2nd Annual TOHH Meet and Greet! This event is open to everyone, and we'd love to see you there!
















Our 2nd Annual TOHH Meet and Greet will be held June 9th, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. It will be held at the Hope Chapel in Sterling, MA.

RSVP on Facebook here: https://web.facebook.com/events/141098696421471/

Jocelyne and Kattia, our kitchen staff
and authors of our Haitian cookbook!
Come meet with Gama and Angela as they share the progress TOHH has made in the past year and our vision for the future! We will have food, info booths, an annual presentation, raffles, and an opportunity to hear about how TOHH has impacted the lives of those involved with our mission.

Plus, we will be selling Haitian cookbooks with all the delicious recipes that our missionaries enjoy while at our TOHH Guesthouse in Haiti!

We will also be sharing how you can get involved whether it be through coming on a mission trip, sponsoring a child, building a home, helping fund a water project, or partnering with TOHH through monthly support.

Would you like to come on a mission trip to Haiti?

We would love to have you volunteer for one week (or more) at TOHH in Grand Goâve!

Holiday Sponsorship Trip 2017:
December 27, 2017 - January 3, 2018

We currently have spots available on the Holiday Sponsorship 2017 Team! This team will be doing a variety of activities with the sponsored children! These include home visits to the children's homes, crafts, baking, a holiday party, a hike, a trip to the beach, and a possible home improvement project (additional cost, to be discussed at pre-trip meetings).

This team will have pre-trip meetings before traveling to Haiti. The cost of each trip is as follows:

$125 - Deposit (includes the cost of a TOHH shirt that we request you wear on travel day)
$450 - TOHH Guesthouse Fee (includes three meals/day, housing, transport to and from the airport in Haiti, and operations costs)
Flights - Purchased by each volunteer at a pre-trip meeting

If you'd like to join the trip, please fill out an application form here: http://treeofhopehaiti.org/volunteers/application

For more information about preparing for a trip to Haiti, follow this link: http://treeofhopehaiti.org/volunteers/preparing-for-a-trip/

Would you like to lead your own team to Haiti? 

Are you a church or school group? TOHH accepts missionary teams of 6 - 24 people. One you have a team forming, contact us to request dates and begin preparing your team for Haiti. To submit your request for a one- to two-week trip, please email us at info@treeofhopehaiti.org.



Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 2017: Milestones

Thank you for making April a success at Tree of Hope Haiti in Grand Goâve! We are very excited to share with you all that has happened in the last month!
Evando loved his cake and gift from his sponsor, Melissa!

Each month, we have several children that celebrate their birthdays! This month, we celebrated Evando, Diacle, David, Didine, Waljince, and D'Haity!







Waljince is so happy to celebrate his birthday!



The children came to our TOHH Guesthouse in Haiti where they sang "Happy Birthday" (in English and French!), ate cake, and opened a present.










Didine thanks her sponsor, Chelle, for her present!
In Haiti, children may not know their birthday and, if they do, it is not celebrated. Thank you for allowing us to celebrated our sponsored children's birthdays!












Happy Birthday Flantorge!
Happy Birthday Kattia!











This month, we also had some staff and missionaries celebrate birthdays, including Kattia (our kitchen manager), Flantorge (Haiti Side Sponsorship Coordinator), Cassandra (our summer camp coordinator), and Alicia (the missionary teacher)!



(Left to right): Mama Jo, Angela, Nyah, Gama, Papa Drex)
We love having visitors at our TOHH Guesthouse in Haiti! This April, Mama Jo and Papa Drex came to visit! Gama and Angela lived with the at the MOHI Guesthouse in 2013, while were building the Hands and Feet Project.





The two barrels are on their way!





We are also so grateful for the all those who support our mission stateside! A huge thank you to the Erving Evangelical Church for shipping two barrels to Haiti!


Gemima (and her mother) are
so excited that Gemima is sponsored!











Laurie Lianna comes to our
office to learn she is sponsored!



Each time a child gets sponsored, we are so excited! As the children come to our TOHH office in Haiti to sign up for the sponsorship program, we learn their stories, the challenges they are faced with, and their hopes for the future. We love what we do everyday, and that we are able to call children to our office to tell them that they have been sponsored to continue their education. Just in the past month, sixteen children were sponsored to continue their education! The children's names are Gemima, Wilda, Cherlie, John Peter, Johnsley, Woodeline, Wideline, Christina, Wadley, Stephanie, Louidemia, Onèse, Gilberta, Ecclesiaste, Taloundia, and Julien. Thank you!!
Cassandra frosts the
cupcakes for our celebration!

A special thank you to Charlie's Project for sponsoring eleven of these children! Thanks to you, we have officially reached 100 sponsored children! We announce this milestone during our (first ever!) Facebook Live - check out the link here: http://www.facebook.com/
Treeofhopehaiti/videos/632007643667384. We even made cupcakes and juice for the occasion. We are so happy about this milestone, and we are very excited for what the future holds for our child sponsorship program!
Taloundia, our 100th sponsored child!


















This April, we were also able to give food to families in need.

The first child to receive food was Mirlanda. We met 14-year-old Mirlanda when she attended the women's conference that Team Good News held in the mountains. She does not have any parents, and she has been living with a different family member each time we visit her. She dropped out of school two years ago after sixth grade. Now, she is able to continue her education. Not only this, but Mirlanda's sponsor sent food for her this month. We are so grateful for our TOHH Child Sponsors, that care so deeply about their children.
Mirlanda is very grateful for her sponsor!
Taking the food home!
Next, we distributed food to Delcom, the mother or one of our sponsored children, Steph Dony. Delcom is severely malnourished, and the only adult caring for Steph Dony. Each month we have been weighing her and finding that she has not gained weight, despite being given additional food. This month, we gave her vegetables, butter, Magi (spice), and beans for protein. We hope this will help her gain weight and strength.
Delcom and her son, Steph Dony with their food.
We also gave food to the Jelin Family this month. As part of their sponsorship and school tuition, the children receive one meal each day at school. This may be the only meal they eat during the day. Since the children have school vacation in April, some of them may go hungry. This family has ten children, and their parents are often not around.
These kids are so happy to receive food! The will have full, happy bellies when they get home!

Nathan is so happy to receive peanut butter!
Thanks to your donations of non-perishable food items, we were able to give them pasta, chicken, canned chili, tomato sauce, peanut butter, jelly, and Magi.






Pete and Claude carry their food home.



We visited their house shortly after we gave them the food, and found everyone with their bellies full!









During their school vacation week, we also had an Easter Program with the children!

During the first day of the program, we invited the sponsored children to the TOHH Guesthouse for Easter activities. The kids sang, listened to the Easter story, and tried to guess what which items were in Easter eggs, based on the story. Lastly, the children did an egg hunt! We hid Easter eggs outside, and had the children find them all - they were so excited to find the eggs and the candy inside!

Nathan takes his eggs home.
On Good Friday, we invited the sponsored children, as well as some community children, come decorate eggs! This is something they have never experienced before. They were mesmerised by the tablets of dye dissolving in the vinegar. Some of the kids got creative and even tried making their eggs multi-colored!
Berlandie's eggs match her dress!

After dyeing the eggs, the children were allowed to choose toys to take home! These toys were brought to Haiti as donations, and many of them were on the box truck that arrived at the end of March. The kids were so happy!
Choosing new toys!

As part of the Easter Program, we also held a movie night for the children where we showed an Easter film.









The kids always love when we give out popcorn during the movie!










Albidus untangles his kite.

During Easter weekend, many people in Haiti also fly kites!






Our staff made their own kites!






We found some of our sponsored children flying kites outside. Our staff also made some beautiful kites!










We're also getting ready for our 2nd Annual TOHH Meet and Greet! This event is open to the public, and we'd love to see you there! 

Our 2nd Annual TOHH Meet and Greet will be held June 9th, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. It will be held at the Hope Chapel in Sterling, MA. RSVP on Facebook here: https://web.facebook.com/events/141098696421471/

Come meet with Gama and Angela as they share the progress TOHH has made in the past year and our vision for the future! We will have food, info booths, an annual presentation, raffles, and an opportunity to hear about how TOHH has impacted the lives of those involved with our mission. We will also be sharing how you can get involved whether it be through coming on a mission trip, sponsoring a child, building a home, helping fund a water project, or partnering with TOHH through monthly support.  

Thank you for an incredible month! Stay updated on what's happening in Haiti and in the US by following us on social media:

TOHH Website: www.treeofhopehaiti.org
Facebook: Tree of Hope Haiti
Twitter: @treeofhopehaiti
Instagram: @treeofhopehaiti
To donate to TOHH, please click here: http://treeofhopehaiti.org/donations/

TOHH ANNOUNCEMENTS:


Would you like to come on a mission trip to Haiti?

We would love to have you volunteer for one week (or more) at TOHH in Grand Goâve!

Holiday Sponsorship Trip 2017:
December 27, 2017 - January 3, 2018

We currently have spots available on the Holiday Sponsorship 2017 Team! This team will be doing a variety of activities with the sponsored children! These include home visits to the children's homes, crafts, baking, a holiday party, a hike, a trip to the beach, and a possible home improvement project (additional cost, to be discussed at pre-trip meetings).

This team will have pre-trip meetings before traveling to Haiti. The cost of each trip is as follows:

$125 - Deposit (includes the cost of a TOHH shirt that we request you wear on travel day)
$450 - TOHH Guesthouse Fee (includes three meals/day, housing, transport to and from the airport in Haiti, and operations costs)
Flights - Purchased by each volunteer at a pre-trip meeting

If you'd like to join the trip, please fill out an application form here: http://treeofhopehaiti.org/volunteers/application

For more information about preparing for a trip to Haiti, follow this link: http://treeofhopehaiti.org/volunteers/preparing-for-a-trip/

Would you like to lead your own team to Haiti? 

Are you a church or school group? TOHH accepts missionary teams of 6 - 24 people. One you have a team forming, contact us to request dates and begin preparing your team for Haiti. To submit your request for a one- to two-week trip, please email us at info@treeofhopehaiti.org.