Black Friday 11/27.
Cyber Monday 11/30.
Will you be a hero to ILLUMINATE the darkness on Giving Tuesday, 12/1?
15-year-old batteries, swollen and threatening to explode, aged by time and the moisture of a humid tropical climate. The roof cracked, damaged significantly in Hurricane Matthew four years ago, causing leaks. Solar power system limping along, missing half its panels, another hurricane casualty.
Over 30 people depend on electricity from Kay Bo Rivye, New Life for Haiti's staff and teams' house. Our orphans depend on it to study and move safely about the campus at night, and our Mama's depend on it to care for the 23 children in the evenings, preparing dinner and getting everyone ready for bed. Our staff at Kay Bo Rivye depend on it to carry out our life-giving ministries. And without light and electricity, these essential activities aren't happening.
Admittedly, house repairs, solar power, and electricity needs aren't always the most appealing areas to donate to. In fact, this area, "Shelter and Sustain," was the least funded in our "Above and Beyond" campaign earlier this year.
But replacing our solar power system, fixing the roof, and making vital electricity repairs are all IMPERATIVE to our ministry (even though they aren't very glamorous) – to bring encouragement and support to children like Mikelda.
Mikelda has an extraordinary story of how God rescued her. Just like Moses, when Mikelda was a baby, she was put in a basket to float away on the Grand Anse River. Passersby found the baby in the basket and took her in. Eventually, these passersby took her to an orphanage, where she was neglected, malnourished, & left to fend for herself most days.
New Life for Haiti rescued Mikelda from this abuse, and she arrived at the Village of Hope last October. Unable to read and having attended little school in her 12 years, we immediately enrolled her in the Village of Hope School. Right next to the Village of Hope, she received compassionate care, educational nurturing, and 1:1 attention from teachers who understand the value of individualized instruction. In one year, Mikelda learned to read, and recently she received her report card for the 2019/20 school year, with an 86% average in all her classes!
Mikelda is a Village of Hope success story, but that success would not have been possible if she had not been able to dedicate time to her studies in the evenings under the lights powered by the now damaged solar power system at Kay Bo Rivye.
Will you be a hero to children like Mikelda, bringing "green," environmentally friendly solar power to ILLUMINATE the darkness of Haiti and shine the light of hope and the love of Jesus to our orphans and staff?