SUMMER NEWS Summer was a special time with the kids at Travay Bondye! We had our annual VBS team visit the first week of August and the kids enjoyed participating in the three-day program. Around 600 kids were in attendance and many accepted Christ! The team also took the kids to the beach and created a library full of puzzles, games and books for checking out. The kids have enjoyed this new program! Many soccer tournaments, trips to church and tutoring also filled the days. Several Travay kids decided to be baptized and took baptism classes to prepare!
TNT On September 1, our three oldest boys made the transition from Travay Bondye to our TNT program (Teens in Transition). They join the 10 boys who transitioned last year. This home is a stepping stone to independence and we are prayerful that all these boys will make an impact in their country. TNT focuses on: continued education/schooling, trade skills, spiritual discipleship and financial literacy. We are pleased to partner with HandUp Global Goods on the TNT home.
Some of our oldest children who now live on their own now have started reaching out to kids on the street. They call themselves Be The Change and want to reach kids who are like they used to be. They provide advice, mentorship, group meetings and we just helped 5 enroll in school! YAY!
HAITI LIFE While the kids enjoyed a lovely summer break, the country of Haiti had some rough moments. Political instability coupled with extreme poverty led to rioting and dangerous streets. The airports were closed for a time and safety was a major concern. While Travay Bondye did not experience any repercussions, this is a reminder of why we work in Haiti. A nation with roughly 80% unemployment and most people living on less than $2 per day combined with corruption at every turn makes life for the average Haitian extremely difficult. Please remember to pray for our friends in Haiti! They need a revival in the country that only God can provide!
COLLECTIONS Now that summer has ended, all 66 kids are back to school! Due to riots and airline embargoes we could not complete our annual backpack and shoe drive. If you are still interested in helping with supplies or shoes, we are doing a collection through October 30 to supplement what was purchased and have a goal to get every child a second pair of shoes.We also are starting to plan for Christmas, if you want to participate in either collection, please contact [email protected]