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First, we would like to thank all of you who have so selflessly helped by giving your time and money to try and make this project for the homeless street kids and restavek slave children a reality. We also want to give our thanks in advance to all of you considering helping in this effort. As most of you who have been with us before know, our original intent was to as quickly as possible get the children out of the camps where they have been living in Port au Prince, Haiti since the home was destroyed by the tragic earthquake 12 Jan 10. Due to the rising health concerns in the camps, as well as the innate violence and corruption that we suffer there, we originally intended to construct a "domes" complex on the newly obtained HSKI land in Jacmel, Haiti where the children could be moved to and escape the misery and problems associated with the camps. In the last 3 months, we have had to treat children for yellow fever, malaria, cholera and other injuries related to the camp conditions. We also intend to be able to offer a home and future to many more of the children we care for that are still living alone on the streets of Port au Prince.
After much thought and discussion concerning this move into a "domes" complex, it was decided that this would in reality be moving the children from one "shelter situation" to another. What the children need and want is a "home", not a shelter. This is what we intend to provide for them. A real home that will be permanent and lasting, offering them a chance at a new life and new upward direction for their lives and futures is our new goal. Even though this new direction and complex design is more ambitious and on a grander scale, we can assure all of you who have helped, it will be something you can take pride in by knowing you were a part of. And that's not all!
We also have as part of the plan, a solution to make the home and project partially self-sustaining by incorporating a Guest House facility that will be open to all visitors, supporters, missionaries and tourist wanting to visit the children and Jacmel. You can see for yourself, first hand, what you have helped to create while having a really unique opportunity to meet the children you have helped to save, face to face. The guest house will have male and female dorm-type accomodations that will offer an economical solution for church groups, youth groups, university groups and any others that want to visit the home and Jacmel while maintaining and assuring security, comfort and convenience while having a really good time! The guest house facility will also offer hotel-type, private rooms for those who perfer it that way.
We want to offer an incentive to those of you who want the chance to help with this terrific project and be part of something really wonderful! Any donor who would now like to make a donation of $500 will be given five free nights upon completion of the project, including two meals/day for each year they submit their donation. For a one-time donation of $1000, the donor can receive 14 nights (two weeks) for one year following the donation. For any recurring donation of $500 or more, we will offer the donor up to five nights per month indefinitely for as long as their recurring donation is active. All tax deductible too through GlobalGiving!
For more information concerning the planned HSKI Guest House and incentive offer, please contact Michael Brewer, RN, Founder/Director at HaitianStreetKids@rescueteam.com
More details concerning the new HSKI Complex for Displaced Haitian Children and Guest House will follow as we progress in our efforts to make this dream a reality for the kids we serve. You can see the rough, preliminary drawing of the grounds layout for the complex, as well as the fascade for the structure itself, which is designed in the customary Jacmel style of architecture attached to this report. Thanks to all of you who are with us in this great project.
The work on the new HSKI Complex for Displaced Haitian Children is underway. We are still in the process of completing the security wall for the complex and the next step will be to have the steel gate and two entry/exit doors made and applied. The Haitian electric company will erect a utility pole with transformer for the complex since there is no electricity currently to the area. For this HSKI will have to pay approximate $8000/US.
The children currently in residence with HSKI are anxiously awaiting the completion of the complex and are now still living in the tent camp established by us over one year ago. It has been very difficult for them but what is in store will be well worth the wait. With your continued help, we will realize this dream for the children and will provide a bright future for all these kids and others who are also waiting to come in.
One of the most trying problems faced by HSKI now is obtaining ongoing daily expense and operating funds needed to provide food, water, medical aid, and clothing. As with many charitable organizations, HSKI is facing the endemic problem of NGOs of not having sufficient (or existant) recurrent maintenance budgets and all the effort from larger donors going into capital expenditure by way of designated funds. On-going help and donations for these daily needs are urgently needed in order for us to be able to adequately maintain these kids and keep them well and happy until the complex is finished and ready for them to move into. Any help with this will be gratefully appreciated and donations, no matter how big or small, can be sent directly through this GlobalGiving web site.
The security wall is about half complete and we expect it to be ready and finished within three more weeks from now. As soon as it's done and secured, the children will be moved to the land and will live in temporary housing there until the permanent structures are built. This will offer them much more security and allow them to live peacefully without the stress and dangers associated with the camps.
Much thanks to all of you who have helped in the past and please let others know.
Michael Brewer, RN, Founder/Director
Haitian Street Kids, Inc.
Thanks to all of you, as well as some other very caring people, the HSKI Complex & Outreach Facility for Displaced Haitian Children is well on it's way to being realized. Appropriate land has been located and funds to purchase this land have been secured. As soon as the paperwork and formalities for purchasing the land is completed, the next step of physically securing the land and preparing for the structures and infrastructure will begin within the next few weeks.
In has become increasingly imperative that we get the children currently with HSKI out of the camps and into this new safe complex as soon as possible. In the last three weeks there have been 3 cases of cholera requiring hospitalization, one case of a boy coughing blood from active tuberculosis requiring treatment at GHESKIO, and another of the younger boys suffering from a recurrence of malaria requiring treatment. As a result of the unmaintained, unhygienic and violent conditions of the camps, another child lacerated his foot fairly severely last night at the camp which required numerous stitches and treatment. We have contacted volunteers that will help staff an in-house clinic on the new complex that will immensely improve the children's ability to remain safe and healthy. Aside from this are the winds, continuous rain and flooding that is making life very miserable and destroying the tents and little houses in the camps on a continuous basis.
The conditions at the camps are what is making the land and complex a priority and making it imperative that we work as quickly as possible to remove the children from the camps and into a permanent, safe and clean environment. It is also becoming increasingly difficult for the young street kids still on the streets to remain safe and obtain what they need to survive. The new complex, when complete, will allow us to take in many more of these children, and as we expand will have a place for even more. The Outreach Facility that will be a part of the complex, will also offer services and substance to the children that we are not yet able to take in on a full time residential basis.
The initial structures that will be placed on the new land for the children will be domes of various sizes that will be obtained from The Haiti Domes Project which has a manufacturing facility in Port au Prince and will allow us to avoid any tax, customs or overseas shipping expenses while obtaining good dependable shelter for the kids on a timely basis. As time goes on, we will solicit various organizations and private donors to sponsor one or more of these domes to allow us to take in more deserving children. Thirty beds have already been donated by a Florida manufacturer and are currently being shipped to Haiti for placement at the complex once the domes are in place.
Thanks again to all of you that have made, and will continue to make, this very vital and important project become a reality. Your generosity and caring has helped put an end to much suffering and has replaced misery with hope. Your caring and continued support will help save many more lives and give a home and family to street kids and runaway slave children still living in torment and danger.
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