LATEST NEWS FROM HAITI AND MFO

LATEST NEWS FROM HAITI AND MFO

LATEST NEWS FROM HAITI AND MFO

We want to THANK ALL OF YOU who have reached out to inquire about the current protests that are occurring in Haiti and how you can help.

First and foremost we want to assure you that our children are safe in Hinche, and currently we have security as well as food reserves on campus.  The unrest in the country is changing rapidly and we are in constant contact with the Leadership Team at MFO – and following all news coverage very closely. As this situation continues to evolve, our focus is to provide support for Jean Louis and the MFO family to help them through this very difficult time.  If you would like to learn more and follow an informed news report, a consistent source has been reporter Jacqueline Charles from the Miami Herald on the Haiti News Page at the link below:  https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/

We will continue to monitor all activity and provide updates that we can get from the  MFO Leadership Team. We ask that you pray for safety and solutions to prevail for the people of Haiti.  Thank you all for your constant support and prayers for MFO.

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A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS…AND WE COULDN’T AGREE MORE!

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS…AND WE COULDN’T AGREE MORE!

The faces and smiles of our MFO family speak volumes to ALL that YOU, the corner piece of our puzzle, have done to grow MFO in 2018.

Here are a few highlights that will bring a smile to YOUR face as we get ready for 2019!

 

Our Scout Troop — Catherin Flon, named after the women who sewed the first Haitian Flag, celebrated their third anniversary!
 
Every year, our Scouts enjoy activities including: leadership training, an overnight summer camping trip and weekly Saturday meetings.
Our 6th grade class had a perfect graduation rate – with all 26 students moving on to the 7th grade! This Fall we welcomed our newest crop of preschoolers numbering 38 in ALL!
 
Our Primary School continues to accept local residents without cost – this means families in Hinche don’t need to choose between providing education or food to their children – they can have both!
 
We have 86 high school students, with 6 expected to graduate to their Final Philo year in June 2019
 

MFO is a busy place! All of this is happening plus our daily operations are running full steam ahead…three meals a day, laundry washed and dried, shoes on the feet and most importantly making sure all water wells are in working order, latrines are safe, and our clinic is ready to care for our kids AND keep them healthy!

 
 
 
Speaking of Latrines – due to your most gracious giving and support of our emergency appeal, we have completed installing new toilets and a shower area for our Girls Campus! You’ll be pleased to know that we have also received a special grant for security upgrades to ensure our Girls’ well being and provide them with a secure campus.
 
As we get started on our 2019 adventure we are grateful to have you joining us and can’t wait to share our stories of smiles and hope!

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Email: Helpthechildren@mfofoundation.org

 


 

MY, HOW TIME FLIES!

MY, HOW TIME FLIES!

MY, HOW TIME FLIES!

When I was younger, I always thought it was strange when adults said “Time flies!” Now as an older adult myself, I say it all the time, including this month when I was reminded that I’ve been part of the Maison Fortune family for more than four years! Wow, time flies!

Oday was nine when I started and now he’s thirteen years old, in the sixth grade, and growing a little taller

Mark K. and Oday

each time I visit. Gilberson was in fifth grade; he’s now in ninth grade and an amazing math whiz! Mary Denise was in eleventh grade and now she is studying to be a nurse at University Notre Dame in Hinche. Tchi Tchi was the “new boy” four years ago – one of the first boys I met when I arrived. He is now in the third grade and so many new boys and girls have followed behind him.

In the process of working with Jean Louis to move our children to a better future, I often find myself thinking about priorities. We can’t fund everything. We can’t be everything these kids need. So I think, if we can just do one thing, what should be the one thing we do for Haiti’s future leaders?

WE SHOULD GIVE THEM HOPE.

Hope is what Maison Fortune cultivates. We don’t make the kids smarter; we don’t make them faster or stronger. But we do take away fear. Fear of where the next meal is coming from. Fear that they won’t be able to go to school. Fear that they won’t have a safe place to sleep that night. We take away the fear and doubt and replace it with hope, so they can learn, play and grow. Like kids are supposed to do.

TIME FLIES — HAITI’S LEADERS ARE COMING — DON’T MISS OUT — BECOME A PART OF IT! I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US!

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WE NEED HELP: GIRLS CAMPUS – SEPTIC SYSTEM REPAIR PROJECT

WE NEED HELP: GIRLS CAMPUS – SEPTIC SYSTEM REPAIR PROJECT

WE NEED HELP: GIRLS CAMPUS – SEPTIC SYSTEM REPAIR PROJECT

Last week we had an unforeseen event at MFO — our Girls Campus septic system failed. The system that was in place was not built to handle the number of girls we currently have at MFO. This system failure has impacted the lives of the girls and the staff at the campus. We started immediately to build an additional septic system, but this is a new, unexpected expense, and we simply don’t have the resources to solve this problem on our own.

 WE NEED YOUR HELP! The cost to repair the septic system is $10,000 – or only $111 per girl!  With your help we can make sure our girls have a safe and sanitary place to call home and become Haiti’s future leaders!
 

We are asking all of you once again if you or someone you know can please help us repair the septic system for the girls. On behalf of all our girls we are once again counting on your generosity and thank you in advance for you willingness to help with this worthy cause. You can donate DIRECTLY to the Septic Repair Project using the donation form below.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

In early 2008 the leaders of Maison Fortune Orphanage opened the doors for 10 girls affected by adverse situations in the community. In Haiti, the education of girls is often viewed as a secondary priority — at MFO we wanted to set the example that girls are Leaders too! In 2013, as our girl population grew we permanently moved to the location we now call the Girls Campus. Today at MFO we care for 90 girls, we have added new space for beds, purchased more mattresses and maintained the facility with new paint and concrete repairs.

When you have the comforts of a home and fresh meals each day, it’s easy to forget that many people around the world do not. Our children at MFO have many needs, and we work diligently to manage, monitor and allocate the funds that come from our supporters to the most critical projects to ensure the safety and welfare of our children. Sometimes, however, just like at your home — life can throw you some curveballs!

 

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ASHLEY HORNER’S 50 IRONMAN JOURNEY STARTS AUG. 12

ASHLEY HORNER’S 50 IRONMAN JOURNEY STARTS AUG. 12

ASHLEY HORNER’S 50 IRONMAN JOURNEY STARTS AUG. 12

We’re thrilled to share the press release below about Ashley Horner’s latest efforts to support the Maison Fortuné Orphanage in Haiti!

ASHLEY HORNER EMBARKS ON JOURNEY TO COMPLETE 50 IRONMANS IN 50 DAYS FOR THE MAISON FORTUNE ORPHANAGE

ASHLEY HORNER TO BECOME the FIRST WOMAN TO COMPLETE 50 IRONMANS IN 50 DAYS TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR THE CHILDREN OF HAITI

New York, NY – July 30, 2018 – On August 12, Ashley Horner, a fitness celebrity, athlete, entrepreneur and mom of three, will begin her journey to be the first woman to complete 50 full Ironmans in 50 days to raise awareness and funds for the Maison Fortuné Orphanage (MFO) in Haiti. Ashley will start and end in Haiti and travel to each of the 48 Continental United States, each day completing a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride, and 26.2-mile run, with the goal to raise $100,000 for MFO.

“Fitness is the driving force of everything I do and feel like it’s my responsibility to use my platform for a bigger purpose, a purpose for good,” said Ashley Horner “I fell in love with the people of Haiti the first time I visited – their spirit, storytelling, and pride for being Haitian will inspire me as I do my small part for the children at Maison Fortuné,”

The MFO Foundation raises funds to support the Maison Fortuné Orphanage in Haiti, serving the needs of orphans and underprivileged children. Each day, MFO, serves more than 700 meals, teaches more than 300 children, and provides stable homes for close to 200 boys and girls. Ashley recently began working with MFO and has visited the orphanage many times with her own children. In 2017, Ashley raised $65,000 for the foundation by completing a 230-mile run along the western border of Haiti.

“Maison Fortuné is proud to have Ashley Horner as a partner and friend, as she embarks upon her endeavor to complete 50 Ironmans in 50 Days,” says Lefort Jean-Louis, founder of MFO. “Ashley continues to put her commitment to our children into action, and like Ashley, we believe that the power for change comes from the community.”

Ashley is no stranger to pushing boundaries. She played soccer on the Guam national team, has sold over one million copies of her fitness training programs and owns American Sled Dogs, a fitness facility in Virginia Beach, VA. In-between her entrepreneurial endeavors and raising her three boys, Ashley has completed many other charity fitness events to benefit families of fallen military members, police working dogs and victims of human trafficking. In the last year and a half, Ashley has completed a 1,350 mile bike ride, climbed Mt. Rainer and ran 230 miles in 72 hours, all for charity.

Ashley’s journey begins on August 12 and ends on October 4 in Haiti. To donate to Ashley’s fundraising initiative click here and to learn more about Ashley’s visit www.ashleyhorner.co.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3092, Chesapeake, VA 23327-3092

Email: Helpthechildren@mfofoundation.org