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.