|The 2016 Holiday Sponsorship Team arrives in Haiti!!|
|New Year's Eve fun!|
|Game night with the Sutton Family|
|Church service at MOHI|
|Chelle walks with Albidus|
|Chelle gifts Christmas gifts to Didi, Dodo, and their mother|
Didi and Dodo (brother and sister) live in a one-room house built by Be Like Brit. They have enough land that they were able to keep the home they had lived in before.
|Dodo opens a gift!|
The younger children in the family sleep with their mother in the old home, and the older siblings sleep in the new home.
|Carleen with Didi, Dodo, and their mother|
Didi and Dodo's sponsors, Chelle and Carleen, gave them outfits to wear to the holiday party while we were visiting the home!
|Jude looking cool in his new sunglasses!|
|Chelle with Lucienne and her mother|
Lucienne lives in a one-room home built by Be Like Brit. Similar to Didi and Dodo's family, her family had enough land to keep the home where they had lived before. The family uses both homes to sleep in, and Lucienne herself sleeps in the new home.
|Inside Willy's home|
Willy lives in a one-room concrete home which, when we arrived for the home visit, did not have a bed or a mattress and the family slept on the floor of their home.
|Inside Marley's home |
(Photo taken in October when Carleen gave Marley new beds)
Marley lives in a two-room concrete home with her her mother, brother, and two sisters. The family rents this home. In October, Marley's sponsor, Carleen, purchased supplies for and helped build two beds and mattresses for this family which they have in their home.
|The team attends English-Creole service at MOHI|
|An outfit and shoes for every child!|
|Organizing Christmas gifts|
|Creole class with Suzie!|
On Monday morning, the team had their first Creole lesson with our amazing translator, Suzie! Suzie does such a great job working with the teams, and we are so thankful for her.
|Wilzer and his father|
|Evando receives legos!|
|Mary and Leslie with some of the Rene Family|
Our Monday was packed with home visits and kid time! In the morning, we traveled to Emmanuel's home and met his family.
He lives in a one-room home with his mother, father, and seven siblings.
|Feliere works on a sewing project|
When we did the home visit, the family had two twin beds, neither of which had a mattress.
His mother is a seamstress, and the family was working on some sewing when we arrived!
On the way back from Emmanuel's home, one of the kids told us that he wanted to have a race with Patrick. When we agreed, of course, all the other kids wanted to join in (even the smallest)! So, we made a start line and a finish line, and they had a race!
|On your mark... get set... GO!|
|Carleen and Rose Berline!|
|Inside Philaure's house, Carleen gives her a Christmas gift (sunglasses)!|
We also visited the homes of two other sponsored children: Demas and Philaure.
Demas lives in a concrete home that's a short ride from our TOHH Guesthouse. His mother loved that we came to visit, and was so happy to see us!
Philaure also lives a short drive away from the Guesthouse. She lives with her mother, sister, brother, and cousin in a one-room concrete home. They have two beds and a table in their home.
Tuesday began with another Creole lesson with Suzie! After that, the team started their home improvement project.
|Mary, Leslie, and Ethan paint a table!|
During our pre-trip meetings, we also discussed what type of project we could do during our week, since the theme of our trip was working with the sponsored children instead of a home-build.
|Patrick helps Gama cut a 2x4|
|Carleen and Nyah help paint!|
|Leslie, Grace, and Carleen hammer the frame of the bed|
We would deliver these later on during our week.
|Grace and Suzie speak about wound cleaning!|
|Leslie cleans a cut on Blan's leg|
|Jill checks the blood pressure for Philaure, Esther, and David's mother|
|Cliforde loves his cupcake!|
On Tuesday, our team was part of a TOHH birthday celebration!
|Marley reads her birthday card|
We had three birthdays during our week in Haiti - Cliforde, Ketlove, and Marley.
|Ketlove receives a doll!|
The children each decorated and ate a cupcake, and received a gift!
|Shoes in the open market|
|Carleen visits Ketlove's home|
After the market, we visited two children's homes: Ketlove and Netuna.
|Leslie and Netuna meet for the first time|
Although Ketlove and Netuna are sisters, they do not live in the same home. Ketlove lives in a concrete home with her aunt.
Netuna lives in a concrete home with her uncle. The family has one bed and a kitchen area outside their home. It was an amazing experience for Netuna and her sponsor, Leslie, to meet for the first time!
|The TOHH Guesthouse is all decorated!|
|The kitchen staff work hard to prepare the meal|
Each sponsored child was invited to come the party with one adult (a parent, aunt, uncle, or older sibling). A huge thank you to the kitchen staff, including Katia and Jocelyne, who prepared enough food to feed 150 people!
|Nathan puts an ornament on the tree|
|The kids' gifts are wrapped |
and ready under the tree!
During the party, we prayed, sang, and gave out the Christmas gifts! The team had set up a Christmas tree outside and invited two of our sponsored children, Cliforde and Nathan, to help decorate the tree!
The bottom of the tree was filled with gifts, and the children were so surprised to see them when they came for the party!
|Ezechiel receives an outfit and a pair of shoes!|
|Jill says her name and where she is from in Creole!|
|Setting up tables and chairs|
Our team passed out the food to all of our guests; this was special 'party food' that our community may not have at any other time of the year. Our team agreed that it was so powerful to see 150 people eat a large meal, and leave our TOHH Guesthouse with their bellies full. Thank you for your support in making this happen!!
|All 150 guests received a meal and a drink!!|
|Peterson receives a pair of shorts!|
|Netuna receives a gift from Leslie|
Mary brought gifts for her mother's sponsored child, Emmanuel, and Leslie brought gifts for her sponsored child, Netuna.
|Netuna opens her Christmas gift!|
|Emmanuel loved his Emmanuel College shirt!!|
Emmanuel was so excited when he received a t-shirt from Emmanuel College - it had his name on it!!
|Mary and Leslie with Emmanuel|
|Ketlove opens her Christmas gift!|
|Jude opens his gift!|
|Willy receives a toy Jeep!|
Thanks to all the child sponsors who made this holiday season a special one to remember for all our sponsored kids!
|Leslie and Carleen unload a mattress from the vehicle|
Thursday was another busy day for our Holiday Sponsorship Team! We started the day by delivering the tables, beds, and mattresses from our home improvement project to the families who were to receive them.
|Claude will sleep well in his new bed!|
The first family whose home we visited was the Jelin family. The sponsored children in this home are Claude, Peterson, Jude, Nathan, and Venal (Blan). On Monday we had seen that this family lives in a home with ten children and two parents, and only one bed (with no mattress). When we delivered the bed, mattress, and table, the family was overjoyed!
|We arrive at Emmanuel's house with|
a new bed for his family!
|Jill and Grace carry the bed frame|
|Emmanuel sits on his new bed!|
Lastly, we went to the home of two of our sponsored children, Linedialine and Presner Moline. They live in a concrete home with one bed with their mother, older sister, and their older sister's children (including a newborn baby). They were so happy to receive this gift, and knew they were going to sleep well that night!
|Linedialine, Presner, and their sister's newborn baby love their new bed!|
After the team delivered the beds, mattresses, and tables, we drove just down the road to the newly built TOHH Hurricane Matthew Relief home! Thanks to your support and donations, we were able to raise enough funds to build a new home for this family who had lost everything, including heir previous home, in Hurricane Matthew. The team attended the house blessing, and Ethan handed over the key to the new homeowners!
|The team at the home blessing!|
|Jill prepares the frosting!|
In the afternoon, our team invited the sponsored children whose sponsors (or sponsors' family or friends) were on our team to come to the TOHH Guesthouse for games/crafts and baking!
|Chelle and Demas baking cookies|
These children were Emmanuel, Netuna, Didi, Dodo, Willy, Marley, Rosemitha, Lucienne, Demas, Jude, Philaure, Rose Berline, Marie VeDean, Ketlove, and Mylove!
The kids played games, including Twister (thanks Chelle for bringing this!), which they loved!
|Rosemitha (left) and Didi (right)|
They also made sugar cookies and decorated them with colored frosting and sprinkles!
|How do you think Netuna likes her cookie??|
|Sean shows the team around Hands and Feet (Ikondo)|
After crafts and baking, we finished our day with a trip to Hands and Feet to see their Ikondo campus. Our team saw their mission tourism guestrooms, as well as handmade items made by their HaitiMade workers.
|Angie talks to the team about Hands and Feet (Thozin)|
Friday was our last full day in Haiti, and our team fit in as much as possible! In the morning, we traveled to the Hands and Feet Thozin campus to see the Children's Village. Thanks to Angie (and baby Lily) for showing us around!
Next, we took a beautiful hike to a waterfall! Since it was not the rainy season, we were not expecting there to be much water, but there was!
|Our team with two kids from Hands and Feet, as well as other kids from our community, at the waterfall!|
|A small waterfall and beautiful sunshine|
The hike was gorgeous, and I couldn't help but take in the beauty that surrounds us in Haiti - from waterfalls to butterflies to endless mountains.
|Grace and I walk with Blan|
A couple of the children from our community, including one of the sponsored children named Blan, saw us leave the TOHH Guesthouse and wanted to come with us.
We warned them that we were going on a hike (not just a walk) and that they would need water, but they decided to come anyway. Blan, the smallest, followed us all the way to the waterfall! He was just adorable, and we picked him up as we crossed water so he wouldn't get soaked!
|Swimming at Taino Beach|
When we returned to the TOHH Guesthouse, we ate lunch and got ready to go to Taino Beach! Some of our community children had found out that was where we were going, and had walked (a few miles) to meet us there.
|Souvenirs sold by vendors on the beach|
The beach was a great adventure that included swimming and purchasing souvenirs from local vendors.
Also, during our week, Willy's sponsor, Chelle, had seen the home he lived in during the home visit. He did not have a bed in his house, and she donated funds towards a bed and mattress for the family. On Friday, she delivered the bed and mattress to Willy and his family, and they were so happy! Willy did not come to TOHH later for a movie - we figured it was probably because he was too excited to sleep on his new bed!
|TOHH Sponsored Children at the Holiday Party!|
|The 2016 Holiday Sponsorship Team poses for a picture with our community kids!|
Thank you to the first Holiday Sponsorship Team for a wonderful week in Haiti! Our community and sponsored children had so much fun! You are the change we wish to see in the world, and you made all the difference in so many lives, just in one week!
The team will be doing activities similar to the those done by the 2016 Holiday Sponsorship Team. These include meeting and spending time with the sponsored children, a holiday party, crafts/games and baking with the kids, a waterfall hike, a trip to the beach, and a possible home improvement project (extra cost, to be discussed at pre-trip meetings).
The cost of the 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, and operations costs)
If you are interested in joining the trip, please fill out the application form here:
For more information about preparing for a trip to Haiti, follow this link:
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!