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?
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