Children’s World Impact financed the construction of its second elementary school in the country of Haiti in 2017. This school, located in Desarmes, Haiti, educates approximately 250 students, many of whom live in dorm buildings located on the same premises.
The school includes 8 classrooms, with 4 classrooms located in each of two wings, as well as a small administrative building that is located between the wings. CWI is proud to have partnered with Schools4Haiti on this project, another 501(c)(3) organization, which maintains the operational costs of this school, including staff salaries, curriculum, supplies, and uniforms, allowing the students to receive a totally free education.
Children’s World Impact stays up to date on operations from the widows’ project in Ghana, Africa. While the project is self-sustaining overall, occasionally there are capital improvements that need to be made. This year, we updated the project with a high powered electrical transformer that will lower the costs of electrical usage for the shea butter production and water bagging. In addition, a vehicle was purchased that transfers meals from the village primary school to the preschool, that was financed by CWI.
We began construction of our third family home in Haiti in early 2017. Members of the board of directors of Children’s World Impact were introduced to Saintemene in the summer of 2015. She was recommended as someone who was working to make positive changes in her life and the lives of her 4 children. Like many women in Haiti, she was raising her children by herself. After hearing her story, we agreed to help her obtain a legal i.d. card and purchase a plot of land on which we would finance the construction of a home. The i.d. card and the land purchase occurred at the end of 2015. Then, due to circumstances beyond our control, we lost track of Saintamene.
After much searching through many Haitian contacts, we were able to locate Saintemene in late 2016. After seeing the existing structure on the property, where she was raising her 4 children, it was clear that a new home was something from which they would all benefit. A promise was fulfilled when construction began in early 2017.
The home was completed in the spring of 2017, which includes bedrooms for Saintemene and the children, an outdoor Haitian kitchen, a living and dining area, as well as a bathroom.
Children’s World Impact began construction of its second elementary school in the country of Haiti in 2016. Located in the city of Desarmes, this school will be the permanent home of nearly 300 children, who are currently meeting for classes in a makeshift location consisting of a metal roof and worn tarps for walls. In conjunction with another 501 (c)(3) organization, Schools4Haiti, this school provides a free education to some of the poorest children in Haiti. The completed facility will consist of 2 wings, with 4 large classrooms in each wing.A large open courtyard will be located between the wings, as well as a small administrative building with storage.
On Saturday, April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the South American country of Ecuador. This earthquake is the biggest tragedy Ecuador has faced in the last 67 years. The earthquake claimed over 650 lives, with more than 16,000 injured, and over 25,000 people in emergency shelters. A state of emergency was declared, as thousands of homes, buildings, and roads were in ruins.
Children’s World Impact worked with strategic local partners to make a long-lasting impact that helped affected families recover from the terrible tragedy. Two separate homes were built for families with children. One home was completed in November of 2016. The Limongi-Macias Family, who were located in Tarqui, the epicenter of the earthquake, lost their home and their business. A modest 500 square foot home was built, complete with a kitchen, bathroom, living area, and two bedrooms for this family of 3.
The preschool/daycare facility, financed by Children’s World Impact, was completed in the spring of 2016. The facility contains a main building with 2 large classrooms for kindergarten aged children. In addition, there is a small administrative building, washrooms, and a building for preparing mealswith a walled-in, outdoor cooking yard. This location acts as a feeding center, providing a hot meal to all children who attend before they are sent home after classes. The first class of students is comprised of 28 boys and 35 girls, for a total of 63 students. The children are learning their numbers and letters and learning how to write their names for the first time. Children attend from many local villages, some traveling as far as 4 km (2.5 miles) each way.
Children’s World Impact supports Reby Bruneau, a young Haitian man, as he pursues his desire to study to become a medical doctor. Pictured here with Mike Hoffman, a CWI board member, Reby is a friend of CWI, as he acted as an interpreter for many of our past medical mission trips to Haiti. Reby is currently studying at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic.
The preschool/daycare facility built in Ghana, Africa nears completion. Adjacent to the main production building used by widows from the surrounding villages near Ullo, this school acts as a place where local youngsters can get a head-start to their education, as well as a care facility for young children of widows, as they work to earn an income.
The construction of a preschool/daycare facility in Ullo began in early 2014. This building, financed by CWI, will provide a head start to education for the children of Ullo and the surrounding villages. Located on the same plot of land as the widows’ project supported by CWI, this facility will provide care for the very young children of widows who are working at their various vocations. When completed, the building will have two large classrooms, an office, a cooking area (as children are fed lunch while in school), bathrooms, and a large recreation area. The entire facility will be fenced for security.
In March, a team of 33 volunteers traveled to Haiti for a medical mission trip. While there the team set up various clinics that served the people in and around the area of Mirebalais, as well as ministered to the over 100 orphans of All of God’s Children Orphanage, a ministry of Global Vision Citadelle Ministries.
Another team of 20 volunteers headed to All of God’s Children Orphanage in July. This team of individuals spent the week developing relationships with the 120 orphans. Activities included a Vacation Bible School for the youngest children, traditional paper bead making and duct tape wallet creations for some of the older children, the creation of a painted mural next to the school where the deaf orphans attend, and many other activities that let the children know they are loved. The non-hearing orphans were particularly thrilled, because one of the volunteers was deaf and another was an interpreter for the deaf. The sign language skills of these two skilled individuals made this a particularly special week for the deaf children who reside at the orphanage. In addition, different construction projects were completed, including the installation of a solar coil system that provided heated water to the kitchen of the orphanage.
2013 proved to be a busy and productive year for CWI. The year began with another medical mission trip to Haiti, one of two mission trips to that country that took place this year. Over 700 patients were seen by the doctors and volunteers during the January trip. Together, over 50 volunteers gave of their time and talents during these two trips to support the people of Haiti. More than 5,000 pounds of medication and other supplies were taken down with the volunteers.
The highlight of the second trip in July was the dedication of the Joshua Building, a dorm for older boys at All God’s Children Orphanage in Mirebalais, which CWI financed. Seen below in front of the finished building are some of the young men who are residing in the Joshua Building. What a blessing it was for the volunteers to be part of the dedication of this building.
Our work continued in Ghana, Africa as well. Mike took his third trip to this country to witness the work that is being done there. The shea butter processing plant is now complete with the machinery in working order. The building includes space for shea butter processing, bread baking, and the production of potable water. This project continues to give the widows in the surrounding area of Ullo the opportunities to get involved in ways that will help them support themselves and their dependent children.
In December we had another successful Food Packaging Event, where nearly 500 volunteers came to pack another 150,000 meals. Many of the meals packaged this year stayed right in Walworth County and were distributed to local food pantries. The other meals were delivered to Haiti. This event brought the total meals packed by CWI to over 600,000.
Our impact this year started with the foundation’s first medical mission team sent to Haiti. With over 200 patients receiving medical attention and 12 surgeries performed, it is obvious that our work continues.
In Ghana, Africa we continue to concentrate on providing a viable and potable water source for the widows with the drilling of a well, which will be critical for farming in the dry season. Our energies now turn to building and equipping a sachet water system that will further put this well to good use.
Children’s World Impact continues work in Haiti and extends our outreach to Ghana, Africa. Four outreach trips are sent to Haiti during 2011, along with the packaging of over 150,000 meals. This, along with hosting a benefit concert, a golf-outing, and a coffee house event, provides for a busy year. The foundation helps finance the building of a school in Haiti for 400 kids. (pictured right)
Our work in Ghana, Africa is added for widows and their dependent children in the rural village of Ullo in the Upper West Region, the poorest and neediest part of the country. The foundation helps finance the building of a plant where shea nuts can be processed into shea butter and corn, millet, and other grains can be ground, which gives these women opportunities to take useable products to sell in local markets.
The earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010 moves Children’s World Impact to expand its reach. The foundation makes 3 trips in 2010 to help the people of Haiti recover from the earthquake. A strategic relationship is created with Kids Around the World out of Rockford, IL. This partnership leads to 210,000 meals being packaged for the people of Haiti.