Happy Birthday 2 You Jean Louis

Happy Birthday 2 You Jean Louis

Happy Birthday 2 You Jean Louis

In honor of Jean Louis’ vision which started 21 years ago – to help the children of Haiti through education and a safe place to live and grow, we are asking for an honorary donation. Jean Louis will be turning 55! We are hoping to raise $4,290 – the funds spent this year for school start-up costs. Please consider a gift of $55 today to honor Jean Louis’ 55th birthday AND to impact our students at Maison Fortuné Orphanage.

Every year we must plan for back-to-school start-up costs, including textbooks, school supplies, uniforms and shoes. Our current orphanage enrollment is 177 boys and girls – that’s 177 new shoes and uniforms!

“Pappy Lele” – as he is affectionately referred to by our resident girls, has endeared himself to the entire Hinche, Haiti community. He is a father, mentor, and community leader. After embarking on two separate Ambassador trips to the earthquake ravaged “Big South” last month, I learned of Jean Louis’ annual goodwill within the local Hinche community at Christmas time. He knows the community very well – and knows those who are struggling due to poverty, sickness and even mental health issues. In the weeks leading to Christmas, Jean Louis takes it upon himself to share basic necessities with those in Hinche who are struggling. He embodies the true spirit of the season (more on this in a later e-newsletter) and love for his fellow man. While his impact has been the greatest on the youth in his community, he himself is no stranger to the perils of life in Haiti. As the son of a destitute farmer, Jean Louis was able to change his path because of education.

Please consider a $55 donation today in honor of Jean Louis!

Thank you for your continued support in helping us raise the future leaders of Haiti! Please make your gift today!

Happy 55th Birthday Jean Louis! You are an inspiration to us all!

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MAISON FORTUNÉ

ORPHANAGE FOUNDATION

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

Email: Helpthechildren@mfofoundation.org

 


 

School Begins Again!

School Begins Again!

School Begins Again!

After a longer than expected summer recess, schools have resumed in Haiti. The boy’s campus is again bustling with activity as 222 day students arrive on campus to join with the resident students to begin their school day. From mathematics to Spanish and French, our eager students are learning in a safe environment with caring teachers and staff because of your continued support. Our high school students attend high school off campus at either St. Marten, St. Andrew or the Lycee.

The annual start-up costs for our students include funding for new uniforms and all the necessary undergarments/uniform shoes, new textbooks, and classroom supplies for our teachers. We thankfully had items leftover from our 2020 container shipment to augment the supply costs. However, new textbooks and uniforms are a necessity every year. Funding for the 2021 school start-up fees are $4,290.

Every day, our campus staff on both the boy’s campus and the girl’s campus are hard at work to provide overall care for our residents. From clean uniforms to nutritious meals – the children of Maison Fortuné Orphanage are well cared for – so they can learn and grow in a safe environment. Our eager-to-learn students are grateful for your continued support!

In honor of Jean Louis’ birthday next week, we are asking for donations to match his age and cover our school start-up expenses. Jean Louis will be turning 55! We need 78 supporters to help us reach this goal…so please consider a gift of $55 today to honor Jean Louis’ birthday AND to impact our students at Maison Fortuné Orphanage!

Thank you for your continued support! With your help, the children of Maison Fortune Orphanage will become future leaders of Haiti. Please make your gift today!

Racing Ball Heat 1 Prize – “Virginia Wine Time”
sample of vines from across the Old Dominion and accompanying tasting for two valued at $250

Glow Ball Heat 2 Prize – “Yo-Ho-Ho + bottles of Rum”
Avast me hearties and taste this Caribbean rum assortment. And more booty— a gift certificate to Waterman’s, total value $250

In the event a child wins either of these heats alternate baskets for the under 21 crowds:

Youth Racing Ball Heat 1 – “Movie Night”
Tickets for two to cinema café and accompanying goodies for another night of stay-at-home Redbox movie watching!

Youth Glow Ball Heat 2 – “Fidget Factory”
The ultimate basket of smiles to dash away “I’m Bored” from STEM fun to Sensory crafting – whoo hoo!

Adults 21 and over ~ $25
Youth under 21 ~ $10

Be on the ball and register in advance for your
757 Ball race admission tickets HERE!

Your continued support of our children is deeply appreciated!

MAISON FORTUNÉ

ORPHANAGE FOUNDATION

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

Email: Helpthechildren@mfofoundation.org

 


 

One day left to register for the 757 Ball Race!

One day left to register for the 757 Ball Race!

Only one day left to register!
You do not need to be present to WIN.

757 Ball Race – Saturday, September 18, 2021
5-8 pm, River Walk Community Pool
701 River Walk Parkway ~ Chesapeake, VA 23320

You do not need to be present to win – but you do need to purchase a ticket! How can you help the children? Register HERE to sponsor a racing ball or two or three! A family-friendly event, we encourage guests of all ages to have a ball with us! The first balls to cross the finish line in each heat will be awarded prizes!

Racing Ball Heat 1 Prize – “Virginia Wine Time”
sample of vines from across the Old Dominion and accompanying tasting for two valued at $250

Glow Ball Heat 2 Prize – “Yo-Ho-Ho + bottles of Rum”
Avast me hearties and taste this Caribbean rum assortment. And more booty— a gift certificate to Waterman’s, total value $250

In the event a child wins either of these heats alternate baskets for the under 21 crowds:

Youth Racing Ball Heat 1 – “Movie Night”
Tickets for two to cinema café and accompanying goodies for another night of stay-at-home Redbox movie watching!

Youth Glow Ball Heat 2 – “Fidget Factory”
The ultimate basket of smiles to dash away “I’m Bored” from STEM fun to Sensory crafting – whoo hoo!

Adults 21 and over ~ $25

Youth under 21 ~ $10

Register your racing ball in advance
757 Ball race admission tickets HERE!

Make A Donation

Sponsor a Child or Young Adult

Volunteer

MAISON FORTUNÉ

ORPHANAGE FOUNDATION

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

Email: Helpthechildren@mfofoundation.org

 


 

6 days left…Be on the ball!

6 days left…Be on the ball!

6 days left…Be on the ball!

​Balls will be floating on Saturday to help the children of MFO!

757 Ball Race – Saturday, September 18, 2021

5-8 pm, River Walk Community Pool
701 River Walk Parkway ~ Chesapeake, VA 23320

MFOF is hosting our second annual 757 Ball Race! You do not need to be present to win – but you do need to purchase a ticket! With only SIX days left to buy tickets online, please help the children HERE with your racing ball registration! A family-friendly event, we encourage guests of all ages to have a ball with us! The cook-out fare to include bbq, fixings, hotdogs, assorted beverages, one drink coupon for adults and a colored racing ball will be included with the admission price. The event will be held rain or shine. The first balls to cross the finish line in each heat will be awarded prizes!

MFOF is hosting our 2nd Annual 757 Ball Race!  You do not need to be present to win – but you do need to purchase a ticket! Only
SIX days left to buy tickets online,

please help the children HERE with your racing ball registration! A family-friendly event, we encourage guests of all ages to have a ball with us! The cook-out fare to include bbq, fixings, hotdogs, assorted beverages, one drink coupon for adults and a colored racing ball will be included with the admission price. The event will be held rain or shine. The first balls to cross the finish line in each heat will be awarded prizes!

Racing Ball Heat 1 Prize – “Virginia Wine Time”
sample of vines from across the Old Dominion and accompanying tasting for two valued at $250

Glow Ball Heat 2 Prize – “Yo-Ho-Ho + bottles of Rum”
Avast me hearties and taste this Caribbean rum assortment. And more booty— a gift certificate to Waterman’s, total value $250

In the event a child wins either of these heats alternate baskets for the under 21 crowds:

Youth Racing Ball Heat 1 – “Movie Night”
Tickets for two to cinema café and accompanying goodies for another night of stay-at-home Redbox movie watching!

Youth Glow Ball Heat 2 – “Fidget Factory”
The ultimate basket of smiles to dash away “I’m Bored” from STEM fun to Sensory crafting – whoo hoo!

Adults 21 and over ~ $25
Youth under 21 ~ $10

Be on the ball and register in advance for your
757 Ball race admission tickets HERE!

Your continued support of our children is deeply appreciated!

Make A Donation

Sponsor a Child or Young Adult

Volunteer

MAISON FORTUNÉ

ORPHANAGE FOUNDATION

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

Email: Helpthechildren@mfofoundation.org

 


 

757 Ball Race & Haiti Earthquake Update

757 Ball Race & Haiti Earthquake Update

757 Ball Race & Haiti Earthquake Update

Ball Race – You do not need to be present to win!

9 days left!
Please purchase a ticket…

You do not need to be present to win!

757 Ball Race –
Saturday, September 18, 2021
5-8 pm, River Walk Community Pool
701 River Walk Parkway ~ Chesapeake, VA 23320

MFOF is hosting our second annual 757 Ball Race!  You do not need to be present to win – but you do need to purchase a ticket! 

With only nine days left to buy tickets online, please help the children HERE with your racing ball registration! A family-friendly event, we encourage guests of all ages to have a ball with us!  The cook-out fare to include bbq, fixings, hotdogs, assorted beverages, one drink coupon for adults and a colored racing ball will be included with the admission price. The event will be held rain or shine. The first balls to cross the finish line in each heat will be awarded prizes!

Racing Ball Heat 1 Prize – “Virginia Wine Time”
sample of vines from across the Old Dominion and accompanying tasting for two valued at $250

Glow Ball Heat 2 Prize – “Yo-Ho-Ho + bottles of Rum”
Avast me hearties and taste this Caribbean rum assortment. And more booty— a gift certificate to Waterman’s, total value $250

In the event a child wins either of these heats alternate baskets for the under 21 crowds:

Youth Racing Ball Heat 1 – “Movie Night”
Tickets for two to cinema café and accompanying goodies for another night of stay-at-home Redbox movie watching!

Youth Glow Ball Heat 2 – “Fidget Factory”
The ultimate basket of smiles to dash away “I’m Bored” from STEM fun to Sensory crafting – whoo hoo!

Adults 21 and over ~ $25

Youth under 21 ~ $10

For everyone’s safety, masks are required.

Please register in advance for your 757 Ball race admission tickets HERE!
Thank you for supporting the Foundation’s event and helping us raise the future leaders of Haiti!

Haiti Earthquake Update
Les Cayes Tent City MFO Ambassador Trip

MFO residents traveled to Les Cayes on Saturday, September 2, and distributed staple supplies of rice, beans, dried fish, cooking oil, medicine, and clothing to people living temporarily in a tent city. It was a rewarding experience for nine of our older residents to help their fellow Haitians. 

Many earthquake survivors lost everything and are now living in makeshift tents. Our residents saw first-hand the devastation and ruins of the Les Cayes city – where buildings have fallen, deep cracks have damaged roads making driving treacherous, and landscapes on the mountains have been altered from landslides.

Wearing yellow and white t-shirts touting “Reception Center of Maison Fortuné,” they shared time with earthquake survivors young and old, spreading goodwill and hope.

A Haitian proverb comes to mind:

“Sa je pa wé ké pa tounen”
translation: What the eye doesn’t see doesn’t move the heart.

The MFO Ambassadors saw the devastation in Les Cayes and how it impacted their fellow Haitians.
Thank you for helping us raise $5,000 for the Ambassador Trip!
Supplies were much appreciated by the earthquake survivors.
Our MFO resident’s servant hearts shone brightly!

Make A Donation

Sponsor a Child or Young Adult

Volunteer

MAISON FORTUNÉ

ORPHANAGE FOUNDATION

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

Email: Helpthechildren@mfofoundation.org

 


 

Haiti Earthquake Update  MFO Ambassadors to Les Cayes this weekend – THANK YOU!!!

Haiti Earthquake Update MFO Ambassadors to Les Cayes this weekend – THANK YOU!!!

Haiti Earthquake Update MFO Ambassadors to Les Cayes this weekend – THANK YOU!!!

Saturday 9.3.21 marks three weeks since the 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked “the Big South” – southwestern part of Haiti. Jean Louis and his team of student ambassadors will be embarking for Les Cayes, to distribute rice, beans, clothing, small toys, lots of smiles, and a truck-load of goodwill! Many thanks to the long list of ardent supporters near and far who helped us reach our $5,000 goal in less than a week.

I continue to see photos and reports of the earthquake damage. Not only have homes and businesses been destroyed, but mountainsides have fallen, landscapes altered and crops have been decimated. Concerns are growing for the already fragile economy. Staple supply prices are beginning to climb.

The trip on Saturday will teach invaluable lessons to our residents. They are sharing acts of human kindness with those who have lost everything. MFO residents will be distributing staple supplies of rice, beans, dried fish, water, medicine, clothing from the rental truck along with loads of goodwill! Their servant’s hearts are shining.

Again, thank you for supporting this internal mission trip.
Bondye Bon and Mesi Anpil from our brothers and sisters in Haiti!

!17 Days away – Won’t you join us?!

757 Ball Race – Saturday, September 18, 2021
5-8 pm, River Walk Community Pool
701 River Walk Parkway ~ Chesapeake, VA 23320

On Saturday, September 18th for our second annual 757 Ball Race! Cheer on colorful racing balls in the first heat honoring the 168 residents and 222-day students at Maison Fortuné Orphanage. As the sun sets, we’ll light up the pool with 150 glowing balls honoring our supporters and watch them race to the finish line. All proceeds from the 757 Ball Race will go to support the children of Maison Fortuné Orphanage! A family-friendly event, we encourage guests of all ages to have a ball with us! The cook-out fare to include bbq, fixings, hotdogs, assorted beverages, one drink coupon for adults and a colored racing ball will be included with the admission price. The event will be held rain or shine. The first balls to cross the finish line in each heat will be awarded prizes! You do not need to be present to win!

Racing Ball Heat 1 Prize – “Virginia Wine Time” – sample of vines from across the Old Dominion and accompanying tasting for two valued at $250

In the event a child wins either of these heats alternate baskets for the under 21 crowds:

Youth Racing Ball Heat 1 – “Movie Night” – Tickets for two to cinema café and accompanying goodies for another night of stay-at-home Redbox movie watching

Adults 21 and over ~ $25
Youth under 21 ~ $10

For everyone’s safety, masks are required.

Please register in advance for your admission tickets HERE!

With Love, Babs Zukowski
Executive Director