We need your help to combat poverty, illiteracy, emotional scars and poor health among those children we help serve in Carrefour, Haiti. Most of the children in Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou children’s home are orphans, many come from one-parent families or come as "street children", abandoned and abused. Kominoté Ti Fanmi Nou is a home where the children get the love, support and sense of identity found only in a loving family environment.
Diakonos International’s vision is to create a learning society where Haiti's most destitute and vulnerable children can live safely, learn, grow and develop into healthy, happy, educated and productive Haitian citizens.
The organization’s vision was birth in 2007 with the pioneer of the organization, Wilfrid Longchamp’s dream of helping disenfranchised Haitian children rise from profound and crippling poverty to productivity. In an effort to tackle the problems of child poverty, abandonment and homelessness, Wilfrid shared his vision with his sister, Martine Longchamp and they began caring for 12 homeless and neglected children in their mother’s home in Port-au-Prince. Then in 2009, Wilfrid’s vision became “Kominoté Ti Fanmi Nou” (meaning “Our Small Community of Family”) a children’s family home in Carrefour, Haiti. Tragically, Wilfrid was one of the estimated 200,000 victims who lost their lives in the 2010 earthquake.
In the earthquake’s wake, the number of orphan children rose to unimaginable figures, as many as 780,000. Martine Longchamp, continues her brother’s legacy and is the President of Diakonos International, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The kids from Our Small Community of Family and the other participants of Art Day Celebration 2012 are going to Hollywood. Click here to get your tickets today to their art exhibition in Los Angeles. Even if you can't go support them anyway. Your donation of $20 will help fund the 2013 Art Day Celebration "Art On Canvas Workshop" event this July in Haiti.
Check out some of the artwork at www.artdaycelebration.org
We have always survived on this bible verse from Zecheriah 4:10 "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand." (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the LORD that search all around the world.)
Our gratitude towards Dr. Joanne Theus and Haitian Orphans Wish (HOW) http://www.haitianorphans.com/
for their dedication and devotion towards Our Small Community of Family. Thank you for our new Food Pantry and for helping us feed our God-children 3 well balanced meals a day.
March was Jamaican, curry chicken with white rice. Yummy! Stay tune for April's meal
We'd love the kids to eat a meal from a different country every month. If you're interested in coming down to Haiti for a day or 2 and cook a meal from your country contact us at email@example.com
This picture depicts our Small Community of Family in Haiti. Painted by Millien, it will hang on the walls of our special orphanage
Meet the newest addition to our Small Community of Family, Ylayja-Yourie Joseph. Born in September of this year.
Ylayja has brought great joy to our family and is being spoiled by the children.
Needless to say we need a lot of pampers and bibs and baby bottles.
The school year began in Haiti on October 1st. Due to lack of funding this year, our children are late starting school. Haiti's new law is that all children must have their uniforms prior to entering school. Putting our kids to school this year proved to be a challenging task but thanks be unto God who is always on time, the older children from our Small Community of Family in Carrefour started their school last Monday and the elementary school aged children will be starting this Monday, the 29th.
We would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Joanne Theus and the members of Haitian Orphan's Wish for helping with the school registration fees to ensure that all our children start school this year.
Now our challenge is to get them their school books and to find funding to pay the remaining school tuition and getting our kindergartens into school. Please consider making a donation towards our school fund. Any amount great or small will be greatly appreciated.
"Education is the difference between poverty and productivity”.