UPDATE: Wow, thanks to everyone who donated to the Hungry Hearts campaign in March, we met our goal to build the new kitchen at the School of Hope! We are now working on funding the purchase of the food that will be cooked in this kitchen. We've raised the goal by $3,000 to help us purchase the first three months of food for 174 students and 15 staff.
Will you feed Hungry Hearts with New Life for Haiti?
Haitian kids and their hearts are hungry for sustenance! Come alongside the teachers and children at the School of Hope to nourish them as New Life for Haiti feeds their tummies, minds, and souls through loving Christian compassion.
Hungry Haitian children often go without food for several days. Some go through trash looking for something to eat. Some even eat mud cookies to relieve their hunger. Many find nothing to nourish themselves. This deep hunger was the case with Robertina when we found her in 2016 when we opened the School of Hope. Badly scarred from falling into a fire and visible signs of chronic protein malnutrition with red hair, Robertina's first six years had been heartbreaking.
Here at New Life for Haiti, one of our heaviest burdens is the need to feed the “poorest of the poor,” especially children like Robertina. For the last two years, the people of Haiti have been facing a food crisis. The lack of agriculture, the high price of imported rice and other foods, and the need to feed so many increase each year. Before we started our school feeding program, teachers at the School of Hope often reported that Robertina and her classmates were lethargic and unable to concentrate at school.
This past December, a storm took down an outdoor kitchen at the School of Hope where volunteers (like Madam LaRoque pictured here) and mothers in the community of Rivye Mawo work to prepare school meals. Rather than replacing it with another lean-to-type kitchen, New Life for Haiti has decided to build a permanent kitchen at the School of Hope that will bring hot meals to those children for years to come.
We will provide students with Vita Mamba, a nutritious peanut and soy-based product packed with vitamins, minerals, and energy during the remaining school year. This snack will increase healthy fat stores, increase body mass index, and reduce the risk of anemia in children before building the new kitchen.
New Life for Haiti is working to raise $2,600 for the School of Hope campus kitchen construction, which our Haitian engineer Pachou and our construction bosses, Jacquelin and Ti Fre, will complete.
We are also working to raise $2,040 for three months of Vita Mamba pouches, enough to give the 174 children at the School of Hope the nutrition they need until the kitchen construction is completed.
10,440 snacks for 174 children for $2,040 breaks down to only 20 cents per snack. For $25, you can provide 125 snacks, and $100 will buy 500 snacks!
Won't you join us in feeding Robertina and her classmates' hungry hearts. Donate today.