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The past few months have been quite challenging and we thank God for all our supporters, volunteers, donors and Godparents for your prayers, finances and contributions. Here is a quick update of what has happened on since our last blog.
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ART DAY CELEBRATION was a huge success despite major traveling challenges this past July.
Our Art Day Celebration team in partnership with the Dreaming Zebra Foundation, Airline Ambassadors and the collaboration of Konbit Mizik, facilitated our annual art workshop in Haiti where 142 children from 4 orphanages including Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou de Diakonos participarted in the joy of creating beautiful paitings, jewelry that "expressed their personalities, designed their Identity Logo on their new backpacks and created their very own specialty sneakers".
89 Pieces of Canvas for Unity Collage! • 100 Distributed backpacks! • 60 Sneakers given! • $5,006.99 invested into the Haitian economy!
Be part of the blessing and support our art program this year by sponsoring a young artists today through this link of The Dreaming Zebra to provide materials to allow about "100 children from various orphanages to design, paint, and create their own unique logo on canvas tennis shoes and backpacks, a project that embraces self-expression and individuality while providing the kids with functional items they can use throughout the year". We are 75 children away from accomplish the goal!
Last May, the kids were taught by God-mammy Lizzette how to make a bonfire and we sat around it singing praise and worship songs. Our party this time was outside in the yard.
God-mammy Anna received a prize from Kervensly as he proudly presented her with his drawing from school.
God-mammy Cindy got all the attention and affections of Kervens as he was so happy to receive his new pair of sneakers and cap.
Special Thank You to kombit Mizik for starting the holiday on a fun note with music and dancing. To Envoy Air Crew members, Valley Family Community Church and Hunger Relief International who donated toys, clothes, shoes, and sponsoring the special Christmas meal, Thank you to Ms. Ceylon for the small Christmas stockings which were filled with money for each child. Thank you to Dr. Louis Didier of Hunger Relief International for being our special Santa Claus bringing and handing out gifts.
Last but not least, thank you Lizzette Ramirez for taking time out from your busy schedule to come to Haiti and spend Christmas and New Yearsat the orphanage with the children. We are very touched by the outpouring of your love and dedication to our God-children and this means the world to them and to all of us at Diakonos International and Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou de Diakonos. We love you very much.
Finally, to all the team members of the Diakonos International and Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou de Diakonos, your invaluable contributions and dedication have been key to our success last year. Some of you are Herold (Toyan) Gay, Cindy Sterling, Ana Sterling, Mary Henderson, Mayanda Vendryes, Kiziana Jean-Louis, Kaylin Silva, Hugo Rodriguez, Rodler Mezadieu, Jimmy Alty, Meseline Gabriel, Angelo Maurice and Wagner Desruisseaux. We look forward to us accomplishing greater things together this year.
As the New Year approaches and we reflect on what we’ve accomplished in 2014, we would like to take this holiday season to say a special thank you to the donors who have become friends and family members of Our Small Community of Family for your prayers, financial and emotional support and most especially for trusting us with your resources. THANK YOU SO MUCH! MESI ANPIL!
Reviewing our progress in 2014, we give all the praise and glory to El Shaddai and thank you, our supporters, for allowing Him to use you to help us:
1) Provide food, shelter and medical care to our Godchildren at Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou de Diakonos;
2) Provide education and child development programs
3) Care for HIV positive children and raising their T-Cell counts.
4) Provide transportation so that our Godchildren can attend Ecole Nouvelle Zoranje in Port-au-Prince. Where they are now learning English, getting music lessons and being taught about agriculture. See the video below about their new school. We are so GRATEFUL for this particular blessing!
5) Enroll Mirlaine in school where she is studying to become a pharmacy technician. Meseline is now in her 2nd year of nursing school.
6) Successful held our Art Day Celebration, creative art program for the 3rd consecutive year. We are very grateful to you for coming along side us to run this important aspect of our work, as art is a journey of discovery. Through Art Day Celebration we are able to contribute to the development of our Godchildren and other needy and vulnerable children in Haiti.
We do pray and hope that you will continue supporting our cause in 2015 and beyond. And also hope you will consider making an end-year donation toDiakonos International
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Our Haiti Team
In the words of Pablo Picasso: "The Meaning of Life is to find Your Gift, the Purpose of Life is to Give It Away".
Our gratitude prayer is that your home be filled with God's loving presence, abounding in the fullness of His joy and gift of His peace, as you reflect upon the blessings He has bestowed upon you.
The Board Members and Volunteer Team of Diakonos International, and
The Children and Staff of Kominote Ti Fanmi Nou de Diakonos
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WE HAD JUST STARTED ENJOYING OUR SUMMER AND THEN IT WAS CUT SHORT WHEN SCHOOL STARTED EARLY THIS YEAR ON SEPTEMBER 8TH.
Well we hope you've enjoyed looking at the pictures of all we did this summer and pray you can help our family make this Christmas as joyous as our summer was. If you would like to help, please contact Lizzette Ramirez at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. And please remember to come and see us soon, Okay?
Appointment with Destiny
Define who you are and you will find your purpose. Find your purpose and it will cause you to set your goals. Your goals will set you up with an appointment with destiny which in turn will open the doors of opportunity. Walking through these doors will lead you to your destiny and to the fulfillment of your purpose. Once your purpose is fulfilled it will ultimately bring you before your maker for accountability. (Martine Longchamp)