I have phone meetings each week with Melchi, the Director of the Maranatha House Orphanage. These are opportunities for program and leadership development, problem solving, and general updates. What I look forward to most, is hearing about the growth and development of an individual child.
This week, he told me about Lui Franc.
For Christmas, Lui Franc's mom came to visit him and his younger brother, Jom Ali. As with most of the children at the Maranatha House, Lui Franc and Jom Ali have at least one living parent. But the economic situation in Haiti has pushed many families to seek support of institutions to help raise their children.
She told Melchi, through tearful eyes, how happy she was that her boys are running, playing, learning, and laughing.
Their mother shared with Melchi that Lui Franc was born with a twin brother. Because food was scarce for her while she was nursing and beyond, the twins were very malnourished. Feeding one baby was hard in this situation, and two made it that much harder. This, among other things, caused Lui Franc to not be able to walk until he was three, and also caused a myriad of health issues for his twin brother. The family sought medical help for the sick twin, which further impacted their financial state. Sadly, around the age of three, his twin brother passed away. With limited resources as it was, and with a new toddler in the family, Jom Ali -- the mother felt she had no other choice but to seek help from the Maranatha House to support her youngest boys.
Her hopes and dreams for her boys were crushed and deflated.
But last week -she was rejoicing! She saw how happy and healthy her sons were now.
They have full bellies of GOOD food.
They attend a GOOD school.
They have GOOD people who mentor them and oversee their personal growth.
The Maranatha House's goal is never to separate children from their families. But instead to be a quality resources for parents when there is no other option. There are many orphanages in Haiti where basic needs are met. But Ncompass believes that it requires going beyond the basics to help break the cycle of poverty for these young children, so that one day, when they have kids of their own, an orphanage is never needed.
We need your support to maintain the quality of life that Lui Franc, his brother, and all the children at the Maranatha House deserve. They ALL deserve to run and not crawl!
There are just a few days left in 2017. Would you use these remaining days to make a significant impact in the future of Haiti, by investing in their youth today?
It's not easy to grow up when your future is uncertain.
Haitian law requires children who live in orphanages to move out when they turn 18, however, for most of those children, there is no place safe to move to. If they do end up having family or relatives to live with, they are often not in a situation to financially support a new (adult) addition to their family. These young adults often end up dropping out of school to look for work, but tend to find that the job market isn't able to support them either.
Anel Genestois knows this all too well. He lived at the Maranatha House for most of his young life. When he turned 18 and needed to move out, Anel felt that he could make it on his own. Ncompass’s Transitions Program was in its infancy at the time and unequipped to convince him that we could offer him a different solution.
Fast forward three years, Anel has realized that trying to “make it” on his own is HARD! He lived with a relative, but they could not support him and themselves. He ended up dropping out of school, and never found a stable job. He was lost in the full sense of the word.
Thankfully in those three years, our Transitions Program has also grown with structure, support and resources because hundreds of people, just like you, stepped into our story and said "I AM NCOMPASS - I believe in this program too." So when Anel made the decision to come back for help, we were able to help!
We believe in the potential of every young person and want to increase our ability to develop and empower more future leaders – giving them hope. In order to help write stories like Anel's we need you to see yourself in these kind of life-transformation stories.
Will you join our story today by making a special year-end gift in honor of Anel’s transformation, and help make more stories like this possible?
It’s hard to believe this season is upon us again this year. With just ten days left in 2017, I want to invite you to participate in bringing transformational opportunity to young people in Titanyen, Haiti. I have had the privilege to work with Ncompass for quite a few years, and can testify to the incredible impact that the team in Haiti is having on the youth they serve, and the entire community of Titanyen.
There are 26 children who live at the Maranatha House, and 11 older youth who are a part of their Transitions Program, and Ncompass has had the privilege to support them as they grow up. For so many of these children, life prior the Maranatha House meant going without.
Without safe shelter.
While they are safe and taken care of now at the Maranatha House, we want to make sure we aren’t just meeting the basic needs, but supporting the whole person, and their future. They need your help to not just survive but to THRIVE.
These youth have dreams. They want to finish school. They want to learn a trade. They want to go to college. They want to move into safe housing when they leave the orphanage. They want to be someone of influence.
But life in poverty doesn’t naturally support these dreams and ambitions.
So here is where you step in. By participating in our year-end campaign, you are playing a part in their story. You are standing with us to say that their lives are important and worth investing in. You are helping meet the immediate & long-term needs of these young leaders to survive and THRIVE!
We believe that the statistics that surround Haiti right now can change.
We believe that it starts with the Haitian youth.
We are eager to see these young people be the change their communities, families and country need, and we need your help!
Our goal is to raise $20,000 during the remainder of the year.
Please CLICK HERE to donate by December 31st. Your gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law and are creating opportunities for these amazing young people. I appreciate your support for our mission to serve, develop, and empower the youth in Haiti, and in the United States, to become the influential leaders God created them to be.
I am Eleanor Niedermeyer, and I am Ncompass
Eleanor traveled to Haiti with Ncompass, in 2014. Her younger brother, Joseph, had been with us a few other times and encouraged and inspired her to tag along. This particular trip has had a profound impact on her life.
"After going to Haiti with Ncompass, I switched my general International Relations major to International Relations concentrating in Development and Sustainability. When I interned In Geneva, Switzerland for the International Center for Migration, Health, and Development, I focused my research on international humanitarian relief work in Haiti. Now as a college graduate, I am hoping to have an eventual career working in an NGO like Mercy Corps or Partners in Health. It's safe to say that my experience with Ncompass has impacted most parts of my young adult life. It influenced what I studied in college, what I researched during my summer internships, and what I hope to eventually do as a career. Ncompass continues to inspire me with their work and pushes me to work harder towards my goals. It's weird to say, but I can't imagine my life without Ncompass."
I AM KEKETTE OSWALD, AND I AM NCOMPASS
Kekette is a key member of our Transitions team. She brings with her years of experience helping youth age out of the orphanage system and become productive members of their communities. We are grateful for her wisdom, her consistent love, and pursuit of the best for each of the youth she works with.
I am Nicole Witherell, and I AM NCOMPASS, as a KIDSTARTER.
Nicole was a very independent child growing up. Always sweet, friendly, smiling at everyone she came in contact with and was always looking for another child to
share her toys with.So it wasn't a surprise years later when she had the opportunity to take part in a Service trip to Peru in 2016, she jumped at the chance. Nicole and her best friend spent 3 full days becoming part of the Casa Sana family. They spent 12 hours each day completing community service in the urban and rural areas of Piura; a dusty, dry, hot and very impoverished area of Northern Peru. Nicole taught seniors, teens and children how to make bracelets -- she even had instructions written in Spanish!
Again it wasn't a surprise a year later that she wanted to continue to give back to Casa
Sana even if she wasn't in Peru. She became a Kidstarter to raise money to replace classroom supplies that were destroyed in
recent flooding in the area.
Nicole did exceptionally well with her Kidstarter project. Not only did she exceed her goal of raising $1000, but she gain valuable experience from this process that she will take with her the rest of her life.
I AM STEPHANIE HANSON, AND I AM NCOMPASS
"I have been involved with Ncompass for many years now and this will always be an organization that is close to my heart! Ncompass is all about developing and empowering children. I am so fortunate to get to see the smiles on these kids faces. With Ncompass you are constantly being updated on whats going on in Haiti. You get to see all the hard work put into action over there, it's not just a bunch of talk. Ncompass takes action! I was lucky enough to go to Haiti once, and it has forever changed me."
Stephanie continues to volunteer with Ncompass. She has contributed her fabulous art work to our dinners the last two years, and she helps our executive team with projects on a regular basis. Thank you for being apart of our Ncompass Family Stephanie!
I AM JANIE CUDDY, AND I AM NCOMPASS
"I was involved in Ncompass when it started as a grassroots effort by my son and a group of college friends and I am so proud of their commitment , integrity, and hard work. It is so exciting to see the work that has been done and the transformed lives through their dedication and faithful service. Ncompass has transformed lives and hearts!"
Janie truly has been around since the beginning. As the mother of one of our founders, she was one of our original partners. We are grateful to have had your support in the early years, and your continued support as we grow and reach for the vision that God's given us.
I am Meaghan Giard, and I am Ncompass.
"Ncompass has impacted my life because it empowered me to make a difference in the world. After my trip to Haiti with them I felt empowered to do something back home. That’s where they connected me with Kidstarter and I raised funds to bring clean water to Haiti. I now because of Ncompass have learned how to serve in my community and around the world."
Meaghan is a Junior in high school. Last year, she encouraged her classmates to participate in a Water-Bag-Challenge, where they drank water from baggies for a day to experience what it is like to have that as your only reliable source of drinking water.
Ncompass is striving to become a leader in impacting and building up today’s youth for the Kingdom of God. We are committed to taking a bold, innovative and strategic business approach to inspire global action.