God's Littlest Angels Inc

God's Littlest Angels is dedicated to helping the children and families of Haiti by providing intensive nursery care for premature, malnourished, and abandoned children. We will assist in seeking outside help for children needing surgical or medical treatment not available in Haiti. We will also assist in placing abandoned children with adoptive families. We will provide education to children who cannot afford to go to school through a sponsorship program. We will provide teachers and schooling for the children in the orphanage so that they also will receive an education. Our purpose is to help the children of Haiti in any way we can and to spread the word of God to each person we serve.
May 5, 2014

We made it!

Education isn't free.   There are a lot of people who aren't able to afford to send their kids to school.  The average cost of schooling for a year is just under 100% of the average wages.    That means that many of the children in Haiti aren't able to attend school.

Thanks to the generosity of many, both on here and elsewhere, we were able to provide an education for over 200 kids in Haiti for the 2013-2014 school year!   The families of these children thank you for your generosity and your willingness to help them provide a future for their children.

School in Haiti runs from October to June (rather than the typical American schedule).   When the kids aren't in school, they do a lot of what typical school children do the world over.    They play with their friends - but they also have to do a lot more work to help around the house.    And they have to use their imaginations much more vividly to play because they don't have the toys and balls and bikes that 1st World kids have.

After the school year is complete, we will be getting report cards to evaluate the students progress and make sure they qualify for next year.    Then we'll determine who qualifies and how many kids we need to help for the 2014-2015 school year.

On behalf of the kids,

Tom

Jan 2, 2014

Rain Water - A valuable commodity in Haiti

The cistern that will be underneath our school.
The cistern that will be underneath our school.

One of the things that really shocked me the first time (10 1/2 years ago) that I visited Haiti was the tragedy of clean water.   If I was at the orphanage and brushed my teeth with water from the faucet, I could plan on being sick in the bathroom for at least two days.

And that was in a relatively "upper class" area of Haiti.

I couldn't tell you the number of people in Haiti who are sick or die due to water borne illnesses.   The last time that I heard the statistics, over 500,000 Haitians had gotten sick from cholera (a water borne illness) with over 7000 deaths - and that's in just over 3 years time.

To say that it's important that we keep the water supply at God's Littlest Angels clean and drinkable would be an understatement.    The lives of our kids literally depends on it.

A couple of years ago, a company donated a substantial (aka large) water filtration system.   That is doing a great job of filtering all of our water.    But we have to bring it in by truck load.   And the water we bring in isn't reliably available, is expensive and requires a LOT of filtering to get it clean.

As we are building our new facility, we are putting rain water cisterns under a number of our buildings (the picture is the cistern going in underneath our new school).   These will help reduce the cost and increase the availability of water that we can then filter and provide for our children.

Contributions to this effort will provide opportunities for us to help the kids in Haiti and provide them with clean water for a long time.

Thank you for helping!

Tom

Jan 2, 2014

The 2013-2014 School Year is Well Under Way

Some of our students picking up their supplies
Some of our students picking up their supplies

Education in Haiti is crucial for the long term success of the country.   With illiteracy at well over 50% and with fewer than 15% of all children graduating from high school, education is the future.

But education is also very expensive.   It is routine for the cost of sending one child to school to be as much as one adult can make in a year.   Can you imagine spending $45,000 to send one of your children to school? 

And then telling the other three kids, "I'm sorry, you can't go to school, I can't afford to send you."

We don't want to have that happen.

And thanks to you, that hasn't.

For the 2013-2014 school year, we have raised the funds to send 325 children to school!   That's way beyond the 200 that we had asked you for.   

Thank you for being a part of the future of Haiti.    It is planting seeds that will make a difference for a life time.

We hope to begin looking forward to the 2014-2015 school year some time this spring.   

Thank you for your help in making this happen!

Tom

Brothers with a future.......
Brothers with a future.......
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