What an exciting week we had!  Last week we had a team of 19 participants with us visiting the HOLD Home in Lavaud, Haiti.  It was so exciting to see the progress that has been made since last April!  We’ve been updating along the way, but it was neat to see the new kitchen and storage area in person.

The most exciting news is that we officially broke ground for our first transitional home!  This home is located on our same piece of property; it’s behind the orphanage.  The hope is to place some of our older children in this home so that they can be in a more family style setting.  Here they will learn even more responsibilities, such as cooking, cleaning, and caring for a home.  We will also equip them with vocational skills so that in life after the home, they will be well prepared knowing a specific trade.

This transitional home, although it is one large building, is two separate homes with a shared middle wall.  Four girls will live in one side of the home with a house mother, and four boys will live on the other side with a house mother.  Each side of the home has two bedrooms, a bathroom with multiple toilets, showers, and sinks, kitchen, living area, and a small apartment for the house mother.

We had a formal ceremony on our last day together where we broke ground for the construction.  Each team member took a turn shoveling some of the dirt for the building.  Then all the children who live at the orphanage got to put hands on the shovel and take part in the celebration.  We closed with a beautiful prayer time for this home and the children living in it.

While this is all so great and exciting, the truth of the matter is that construction on this awesome project will not move forward until we’ve begun raising funds for this project specifically!  It is estimated that this transitional home will cost between $90,000-$100,00.  And we need all the help we can get to begin raising these funds!  Please donate to this great cause and share this information with anyone who might be interested in learning more about this special place.  You can donate to the building of our first transitional home here.  Select “HOLD-General” from the drop down menu, then be sure to type “Transitional Home” in the box that asks “How would you like to designate your gift?”.  You can also mail a check written to Mission Discovery designated for HOLD-Transitional Home to: HOLD the Children, 1509 Hunt Club Blvd., Ste 1200, Gallatin, TN 37066.

Thank you so much for your consideration, we look forward to seeing how God continues to provide in miraculous ways.

Check out pictures from our trip!!! Port de Paix, April 2016

Interested in visiting the HOLD Home with us?  Click here for details.