Getting Closer to
Three Meals a Day
As we begin this April Ref Hope Report we have good news. Our orphanage children and staff will soon be able to have three meals a day! We are pleased to report that the container of kitchen appliances, wire, and lighting for our new orphanage kitchen and dining hall have arrived in Port-au-Prince. We could never have reached this milestone were it not for our friends and partners at Church of the Messiah in Canton, Georgia. Also, thanks to many of you in our network and your faithful support, the foundation for this new building is now complete and the walls are nearly finished too.
Our primary hurdle which remains is to raise an additional $5,000 in order to construct the roof for this kitchen/dining hall facility. Please consider even a small investment in completing this facility, which will greatly bless our children, staff, church members, mission teams, and the local community.
Photos: The children at Souls Winning Ministries' orphanage joyously watch the construction of the kitchen and dining hall.
Harvest of Hope Project Receives 24 Acres of Prime Farmland
David Youssi, Irrigation without Borders president, is marking the land to show where to dig trenches and lay the irrigation pipe. Inset: David is price comparison shopping for the pipe.
It has been three years of hoping, planning, praying, and waiting not so patiently, but thanks be to God, our Harvest of Hope farm team has finally concluded an arrangement with the Haitian authorities which gives us the rights to use 24 acres of prime farmland. The deal was inked on Wednesday, March 28, largely through the influence of an important Haitian official who is the director of the USAID/WINNER project — an effort to rehabilitate and improve Haitian agriculture. As it turns out, our planned farm location was right in the heart of one of his focus areas in Haiti, a region that WINNER dubbed Corridor 1. We have high hopes for this project as it will allow us to accomplish at least three things: providing healthy vegetables and fruits to increase our orphans’ food daily food intake and nutrition, enabling the ministry to grow food for sale in market for added revenue, and providing space for Haitian families to micro-finance their own small farm businesses.
RHI Partners with Irrigation without Borders to Enrich Haitian Farm Production
At the same time that our Harvest of Hope land lease was being negotiated, RHI Executive Director Martin Hawley and Irrigation without Borders President David Youssi met in Haiti with Rev. Jean Paul in order to establish a direct partnership. The goal? To create a pilot irrigation project on the Harvest of Hope acreage which will demonstrate smart technology in irrigation. This smart technology will improve water usage efficiency while dramatically boosting crop yields on our farmland. David Youssi envisions sharing Irrigation without Borders innovations with the USAID/WINNER team in working for the benefit of farmers all over Haiti, especially in the three corridors identified by WINNER. We are excited by the potential for this partnership for our agricultural success and also for the potential impact on all of Haiti.
Second Micro-finance Participant Opens a Pasta Shop
Our second micro-finance participant has been cleared by Zafen to receive his funding and on Wednesday, March 28 celebrated the grand opening of his new pasta shop. Osseille Joseph, Rev. Jean Paul’s assistant, developed a business plan for a small restaurant along Haitian National Highway #1, not too far from our ministry compound. Osseille will employ other Haitians to assist him in the running of this business and will be repaying his loan over the course of the next 12 months. We will keep you updated on how he is doing. Next month, we hope to have a third successful micro-financed business up and running.