Haitian Timoun Foundation

Epiphany’s Global Mission Partner

Rise Up for Haiti

To the right is a picture of HTF’s in-country director, Maya, as he makes plans for food distribution on November 26 for 100 families in the Jacmel area. He identified families from several partners there to receive cooking oil, spaghetti, rice and sardines. HTF wired funds to cover the first round, but more can be done through your donations.
 
After two months of government, business and school closures, the Education Ministry called for children to return to school on Monday, December 2. Some schools were about a quarter full and other schools had only a few students in attendance or didn’t open at all. Click here for a full New York Times article.
 

From the Haitian Timoun Foundation

Our friends in Haiti are living amid dire circumstances. Fuel is scarce, leadership is silent, and citizens are rightfully demanding answers. Schools and businesses are closed, and public transportation is running at skeleton levels. Prices of food and other staples have been increasing at unbelievable rates, because of the limited ability to get goods to market coupled with a collapsing economy. Violence ensues throughout the country to the point that people are afraid to leave their homes. Our hearts break knowing of the suffering among millions of people as the country is held hostage. We are called to Rise Up for Haiti as we stand together with our brothers and sisters as they weather this enormous crisis.

In addition to our Haitian partners continuing to provide necessary services to the countless Haitians in need, they now require additional support simply to provide basic daily sustenance. There is no end in sight for this crisis, therefore HTF is committed to Rise Up for Haiti for as long as it takes.
 
HAITI IS IN CRISIS
While Haiti has a history of government corruption and instability coupled with periodic unrest, the situation in Haiti right now is decidedly different. This crisis has been building since the middle of last year and shows no sign of abating.
 
To learn more details about the recent situation in Haiti read these articles:
 
WIDESPREAD INTERNATIONAL AID IS NOT IMMEDIATELY FORTHCOMING
As NGOs leave the country and non-essential personnel in the foreign embassies have been sent home, HTF is doing what we have always done. We are standing by our partners and those communities in Haiti with whom we have built long-term relationships.

Rise Up for Haiti will raise funds to ensure that our Haitian partners have the food, water, fuel, and supplies to sustain the lives of their staff and those they serve. Please join HTF and Rise Up for Haiti today!
 
Please join HTF and Rise Up for Haiti! The time is now. Lives depend on it. God is counting on us so that all may have life!
 
You can make a donation toward Rise Up for Haiti through online giving, by cash or check designated for “Haiti Rise Up” or by texting “HaitiRiseUp 100” or whatever dollar amount you wish to donate to 833-941-1494. Learn more about GIVE+ TEXT.
 


Message from HTF Founder

November 2019

Dear Friends of HTF and Haiti,

We need your help. A severe crisis of human suffering has gripped Haiti. Massive protests are taking place against Haiti’s corrupt leadership, and a compromised police force and foreign mercenaries are battling back. Schools are closed, roads are blocked, food and clean water are scarce, inflation is rampant, hospitals lack basic supplies, electricity is in short supply, and those suffering the most are the most vulnerable: the children. In recent days, the violence has hit home as people and children dear to us have been victims of the violence.

While Haiti has a history of government corruption and instability coupled with periodic unrest, the situation in Haiti right now is decidedly different. This crisis has been building since the middle of last year and shows no sign of abating. So far, there is no cavalry coming to the rescue nor any political resolution in sight.

When the January 2010 earthquake happened, television and other media brought it front and center to the whole world. It touched hearts, and people responded. Today, as much of the world and our own country are embroiled in their own conflicts, the situation in Haiti is getting scant attention. This lack of media attention does not make it any less real.
As non-governmental organizations leave the country and non-essential personnel in the foreign embassies have been sent home, HTF is doing what we have always done. We are standing by our partners and those communities in Haiti with whom we have built long-term relationships. The courage of our partners and their resiliency to adjust and carry-on as best they can the essential work that we do together inspire us.

After the 2010 earthquake, the US Peace Corps named HTF as one of their five most effectively positioned organizations to be good stewards of emergency relief funds. Their faith and countless donors’ faith were validated as our grassroots network and presence on the ground saved lives and led towards recovery from the disaster.

We appeal to your generosity so that we can stand with the most vulnerable in Haiti during this crisis. The cards stacked against them are high, but with your help we can get to our partners – from La Montagne to the Central Plateau, and from Jacmel to Port-au-Prince – the resources they need. Together with your generosity we will Rise Up and save lives. Thank you.
 
Pou tout moun kapab gen lavi (that ALL may have life),

Rick Barger
You can make a donation toward Rise Up for Haiti through online giving, by cash or check designated for “Haiti Rise Up” or by texting “HaitiRiseUp 100” or whatever dollar amount you wish to donate to 833-941-1494. Learn more about GIVE+ TEXT.
 


Meet Jinoue Cherizard

Haitian Education Leadership Program Alumna

Pharmacy – Class of 2016

Throughout primary and secondary school, Jinoue was consistently regarded as a model student. “I was always at the top of my class,” she recalls. “And all of my teachers loved me.”Besides earning top grades herself, Jinoue also volunteered as a tutor for her peers, and found time to participate in a literature club, a dance troupe, and a youth group at her church.
 
But Jinoue’s family struggled financially, with her parents – a subsistence farmer and a vendor in the local market – barely making enough for the family of six children to get by. Despite her impeccable academic record and excellent reputation, university seemed out of the question for Jinoue until her school principal told her about HELP.
 
Today, Jinoue is working towards fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a medical professional. “I want to be an advocate for the healthcare of the Haitian people,” she says. “I hope to play a role in ending some of the public health epidemics we face as a country.” Jinoue continues to thrive academically, and is able to focus on her university studies without the stress of economic hardship. “I’m thankful to HELP because it provides a path to success for promising young people like me,” she says.
Once Epiphany’s sponsorship student is selected, we will share his or her profile and keep in touch through the entire education journey. In the mean time, learn more about Haitian Education Leadership Program Alumni here
 
You can make a donation toward sponsoring our student through online giving, by cash or check designated for “Haiti HELP” or by texting “HaitiHelp 100” or whatever dollar amount you wish to donate to 833-941-1494. Learn more about GIVE+ TEXT.


Haitian Education & Leadership Program

by Natalie Heimann
 
Less than 1% of the Haitian population receives a college education, due to abject poverty. Of those who actually are able to attend and graduate college, 85% will leave the country in search of opportunities elsewhere.
 
Through HTF’s partnership with the Haitian Education and Leadership Program, or HELP, some of the best and brightest young students in Haiti are given an opportunity to attend university. The mission of HELP is to create, through merit- and needs-based scholarships, a community of young professionals and leaders who will promote a more just society in Haiti. On top of an accredited university education, HELP scholarships provide students with textbooks, living stipends, housing, academic advising and counseling, leadership curricula, as well as study abroad and internship opportunities. After graduation 80% of HELP students remain in Haiti, having learned the importance of making a difference in their society.
 
In 2018, HELP received 453 eligible applications. However, due to financial limitations, the program was only able to offer scholarships to approximately 15% of those students. The only thing keeping this program from training new leaders is funding. Here is where our support comes in!
 
Epiphany is committed to sponsor a single student throughout their entire time in the HELP program — totaling $12,000 per year for four years.
 

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Walk Alongside Our Haitian Partners

by Natalie Heimann and Pastor Jay Shailer

Now, as ever before, Epiphany is committed to our mission of loving Jesus by serving others. That commitment shines in the many ministries that extend the hand of Christ into our community and world. The six who recently returned from Haiti want to lift up the stories you heard either in worship, via devotions or in conversation from those of us who traveled to Haiti last month. You’ve heard the stories of the people we met and the relationships we formed. You’ve heard how, through the Haitian Timoun Foundation, we walk alongside our new friends as they take steps toward lives that have value and dignity. And you’ve heard about Epiphany’s challenge to sponsor 10 women in the Chemen Lavi Mio (CLM) program by the end of 2018. Give online.


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Heartbreaking and Beautiful

by Natalie Heimann

Families who are existing on $1 a day of income. A water supply that can turn a bath into a breeding ground for serious illness. Child slaves. A deforested rain forest. These are some of the heartbreaking images that we observed during our immersion trip to Haiti earlier this year. 
 
Community. Pride in success. Sacrificial love. Radical hospitality. Hope. These were the overwhelmingly beautiful images we witnessed on that very same trip.

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