Oh wait, no we’re not moving…
But World Orphans is doing something very cool.
In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, World Orphans opened the Orphan and Vulnerable Child (OVC) Program in Haiti – a country we had not previously worked in. We identified 24 churches who are already caring for orphans but need the financial resources to continue to do so.
What our team saw on their trips to Haiti was that 90% of the orphans in these church communities had already been taken in by the other families – the church of Christ in action! But the reality is that, in a time of dwindling resources, those families may later find themselves unable to provide for these children and they are still vulnerable for abandonment.
The Haiti OVC brings U.S. churches alongside those Haitian churches to provide the financial resources for food, medical care, education and trauma counseling for those kids and families.
As we partner churches together we realized that we are going to have a ton of U.S. church teams traveling to Haiti to visit, encourage and help their Haiti partner church. It became clear that it would be more cost-effective for us to secure our own guesthouse that could be used by these teams as people from other mission organizations.
A generous church partner has paid for the lease on the building for a year and now we just need to finish it out – make it a home. We need to raise approximately $8,000 by June 11th for things like a generator, furnishings, kitchen appliances, security measures, etc. We have a church team traveling on the 11th ready to do all the work to put it all together. Then the first mission team arrives on the 19th!
There are five (5) bedrooms and three (3) bath rooms, and it is big enough to accommodate 24 guests at a time. It survived the earthquake and is built to withstand the hurricanes.
If you feel led to help, you can donate to the “Home Away From Home” campaign I set up on the new World Orphans web site.
Here’s some more pics of the house “as is”…