The women in our Kofael program struggle to meet their families basic living needs so paying for school and school supplies is a huge hardship each year. The past two years we have held a small donation drive in order to purchase some of the school supplies that will encourage the women as they strive to meet the needs of their families. Our budget to be able to do extra things is currently nonexistent after the recent hurricane in Haiti last month. Three of our Kofael families lost everything and are having to start over. Due to the hardship in paying back loans over items lost in the storm (that they can no longer sell), we are trying to cover some of their loan cost until these women can recover a bit. Therefore the money we needed to purchase school supplies was not available as school was quickly approaching. The other board members came to me very discouraged over this. We prayed and asked the Lord to provide through others so that we would be able to encourage the women and would be encouraged in our efforts as well.
We were so encouraged when the amount we needed ($200 U.S.) to purchase school supplies was donated by the last day needed to purchase the supplies in Haiti before our meeting on Saturday, September 29th...the weekend before school started.
Thank you so much to those who donated to this cause! I wish you could have seen the joyful smiles your generosity brought forth! One of our women received an additional blessing as her microbusiness through the loan we provided her is selling school supplies! Guess who we bought the $200 worth of supplies from...one of our own! I think we bought her out! What a great month for her family! What an encouragement ("ankourajman" in Creole) to all of us at Kofael!
Here are some pictures so you can share in our joy!
Bondye bon (God is good),
|Frantz excited about handing out the school supplies.|
|The women were very happy to receive these blessings.|
|Everyone shared in the supplies as all the women have children, grandchildren or relatives they each help provide for so the children can attend school.|
|Women patiently waiting for the meeting to start.|
|My daughter Esmée helping to pass out the supplies.|
|Today was a good day for the women!|
|Here is one little girl who benefitted from the school supply donations. |
She waits patiently for her mother to finish the meeting.
|The women all sang a song in Creole then English thanking those who donated to them!|
|Another little one that benefitted from the school supplies.|
It is common for most children in Haiti to start school at age 2 or 3!
|Mési anpil pou ede nou!|
(Thank you so much for your help!)