Please view my latest creative efforts. As most of you know by now, I use my creative gifts to help support myself in ministry. Creating beautiful things is a passion of mine, and it relieves my anxiety, relaxes me and gives me inspiration to develop projects for Haiti and other developing countries. In 2014, I have decided that it is important for me to be refreshed on a regular basis so that I can continue my work that is ahead of me.
So, come on in and take a peek. I am hustling to complete this catalog for Spring 2014. I want to be able to present my glass, metal and clay collection together.
I covet your comments and will try to reply. However, I have not had the time to learn how to master this program, and so most often I am just spinning my wheels and not getting my replies uploaded! So forgive me if I don’t respond to your comments. It just probably means that I couldn’t upload my reply!! Believe me, I am encouraged by your comments and beg your patience with my typos, etc. Please feel free to send me the errors that you might find in the text! I would love to have someone proofreading for me! (smile).
Enjoy and please share with friends!
The Children of the Mountains is about our efforts to support education in the mountainous community of Fond Verrettes and the community of Robio. In this Smielbox made in 2010, we feature the two schools that are determined to bring literacy to these little ones whose lives have been subjected to extreme poverty and deprivation of even the most basic things. By supporting the teacher salaries, we all can make sure that these kids get a chance in life by being literate. I hope you will get the message and help us to help them.
The Children of the Mountains – Album #2 showcases the distribution of school supplies for three schools in Fonds Verrette! You will be able to see the new latrines that were built for two schools. Now instead of one single, unsanitary toilet for over 100 kids, there are two latrines per school. We wnat to build new environmentally safe dry composting toilets that are more sanitary, have no odor and does not attract flies when propoerly used and maintained. Will you help us to do that?
This Smilebox is in memory of our beloved Dr. Marlene Bryant. Dr Bryant was making plans to go to Haiti just prior to the Earthquake of 2010. She never lost her desire to go there to share her knowledge and expertise in community building. Unfortunately, she became ill and was unable to fulfill her dream of assisting Haiti in its redevelopment. She was the niece of MOM’s founder, Bishop Judy Fisher.
Dr. Bryant will be remembered by her family, friends, and students. We thank all of you who expressed your love for her during her illness and subsequent homegoing.
This Smilebox is dedicated to our family member, Kathy Anderson, who went home to be with the Lord on March 4, 2014.
View our new project designed to generate funds for our humanitarian projects. This is a creative and effective way for businesses to help themselves while helping the disadvantaged! Small businesses anywhere on the globe can have a “virtual office” in Washington, DC without the pain and cost of a regular office. This is a smart way to “grow” ones business presence in this digital age!
MOM (Mercy Outreach Ministry) continues to devote its resources to helping Haiti to rebuild! You can be a part of this effort by spreading the word to your friends and business acquaintances about our creative way of helping a small business to gain a professional profile for a fraction of the cost. Can you imagine having a Washington, DC business address in the nation’s capital?? And, we are USPS certified and authorized to receive your mail! So, you won’t have to worry about whether or not mail addressed to you at your DC office will be safe! It will be! We can notify you by email and forward it to you per your contracted plan with us!
This “Virtual Office” is not only for small businesses, but is open to any legitimate business that wants to expand its presence by having a Washington, DC mailing address with a “virtual phone and fax number” if desired. This is the new AWS (Alternative Work Space) that even the big companies are now taking advantage of to reduce their administrative costs. You can even make a reservation to use a physical workspace for a meeting with a client, have a conference meeting or use our video conferencing capability. We can even get you reservations at a beautiful private
villa with 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths in Jamaica with WI-FI and free telephone service! This place is perfect for those seeking peace and quiet to recuperate from a hectic business schedule, to write a book or to have a business meeting in the sun!
The main purpose of this endeavor, however, is to generate a funding stream to subsidize our humanitarian organization, MOM. We need a funding stream to take care of our administrative expenses because we want every dime that is donated to be used for the projects! We are committed to reaching the people…not contractors, employees, etc. To date, we do not have a payroll or any paid staff. Why? Because MOM really is dedicated to giving direct aid to the desperately poor in Haiti. Remember, MOM has been working in Haiti for over 22 years. We were there working in the rural areas BEFORE the earthquake! We were training Haitians to build water filters! We were paying teacher salaries, encouraging agriculture by donating gardens and tools, teaching sewing to the women, promoting clean hands and clean water habits, encouraging economic development and even established Haiti’s first commercial solar bakery in Petite Riviere De Nippes in rural Haiti. Under the professional baking skills and management of Pastor M. Nore Romane, the bakery was duly licensed by the government. What a milestone! Those two giant one-half ton solar ovens are baking bread and cooking food daily and has retail clients in several adjoining villages. We have a third Villager oven in the mountains of Fonds Verette where children are being fed fresh bread and cooked food. Check out our posts on the solar ovens!
So please help us to continue helping Haiti to rebuild. We are going into 2014 with emphasis on education, and especially primary education. There are millions of little ones that have never been to school, and who exist in the darkness of illiteracy with no hope for the future. Well, we beg to disagree with this pessimistic view. There is hope and with the strength of the Lord and MOM’s faith in the impossible becoming possible through Christ, we are determined to overcome the obstacles and bring children, young people and even adults who are walking in illiteracy into the light of literacy and to the opportunities that are afforded in being educated.
Remember, we have a satellite system already in De Nippes. But, we need a sustainable source of electricity to make our plans for long-distance education a reality. Even to use software locally requires a constant, reliable and affordable source of electricity. We are working on this with some creative and sustainable technologies that are on the drawing board. And, most importantly, we need the funds to pay the connectivity fees for the internet every month!
You can help us with your tax-exempt donations, your serving as our marketing agents in promoting our “virtual office” and praying for this organization. We solicit your comments on this blog (but please don’t be too hard on me! I am still learning how to blog and to use WordPress!).
Thank you for your support since 2010 when we first began our blog thanks to Andre Fraser, a master IT professional and our “Cyber son”. (smile)
We are looking forward to moving forward with this project. “When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord, and the Lord will pay you back.” Proverbs 19:17 (TEV)
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Hurricane Isaac roared through the mountains of Fond Verrette and destroyed many homes, and ripped off the roofs of homes of every description. The roof of the garden house that holds the precious seedlings of future agricultural plantings of potatoes was badly damaged exposing the seedlings to the ravages of the weather and wind. MOM needs your help to restore this agricultural community to its pre-hurricane state. Having just received their new Villager Solar Oven, they were ready to launch their economic development project , a commercial solar bakery. Now, precious dollars have to be spent to repair and rebuild damaged homes, schools, churches, businesses, etc. The funds for the school supplies for over 460 children in three schools had to be used to purchase supplies and materials to try to shore up damaged buildings, etc. Please help by donating through Paypal. All donations go directly to the project in Fond Verrette. Please share this Smilebox with your contacts on all social networks.
Thank you for caring!
GOC University, located in Port au Prince, Haiti was totally destroyed in the Earthquake of 2010. After over 30 years of dedicated service to the people of Haiti, its founder and president, Dr. Fritz Olivier, has had to start all over again. And, that he has! His vision and faith knows no limit.
The Academic VisionUniversite GOC, building upon its tradition of dedicated service to the people of Haiti, will be recognized as a unique center for a variety of higher education experiences serving the Caribbean region and the Americas.
Characterizing all of its programs and serving as a foundation for its uniqueness, is a commitment to an applied, experientially based education for all students in its programs. The University’s degree programs will focus on those majors, which represent these elements and incorporate them into the academic experience.
Mom and GOC are partners and are committed to rebuilding GOC so that thousands of students will have access to quality education and the opportunity to be a part of a skilled and professional workforce that will rebuild Haiti in excellence.
The Island of Boman
Off the shore of the fishing village of Petite Riviere De Nippes, Haiti lives over 200 destitute Haitian fishermen and their families on a little isle made of sea shells and that has a solar powered lighthouse. There’s no running water, no sanitation system, no school, no church, no clinics no communication, no refrigeration or safety from a storm, no modern boats…just dug-out canoes from logs. There’s no vegetation, no grass, no trees…just the sea, sun and the threat of annihilation from a fierce storm.
There is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide,….nothing.
But MOM offers hope through a fishing village initiative that will bring the families back to safety on the mainline. We are searching for grants and partnerships with churches, fraternities, sororities…anyone willing to donate and to help us to jumpstart the process of developing a viable fishing industry for economic development.
As we develop our economic development plans in partnerships with several universities with whom we have partnered, updates and progress reports will be posted. Recently, our program manager in Haiti has initiated a test in which a small order of fish will be purchased from a vendor in Port-au-Prince and the order will be tracked all the way from its catch to the capital to determine just how feasible the development of the industry will be. An evaluation will be made of all of the obstacles encountered and their solutions.
It is a big job, but we believe we can make a difference, especially if you will help us with your tax deductible donations to MOM. (PayPal major credit cards at www.haitipoverty.com, www.mercyoutreachministry.org, and www.fishersworld.com/mom
Sit back and watch this heart-wrenching video of fishermen and their families locked in abstract poverty and isolation in the middle of the sea. I dare you to put yourself into their shoes just for a moment and to imagine being on that little seashell island with a heavy storm looming on the horizon. Go ahead…visualilze it. Will you ignore the gut-wrenching fear that you feel in your heart? Please care. Please pray for these families. Please help MOM to rescue them!