Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Happy Chicken Day!

Okay, so its not really a holiday (that I know of), but it felt kind of festive! Mr. Genois and Evelyn gave away the 23 chickens (it was 24, one of them flew the coup) and 5 large bags of rice to families in the area who we know are struggling. I saw many familiar faces, and I am both saddened that life in Haiti really is so hard, but I admire that Evelyn was able to encourage families in this not-so-small way. The families will most likely use the chickens for breeding and egg-laying. Families could choose from either taking two chickens - a rooster and a hen - or taking one chicken and a large bag of rice. I know that no matter what the families choose they will benefit.

And, I have to thank all of you, too, for donating your funds to help out families in our community.We still have most of your donation money left to keep buying chickens for folks, probably over the next couple of months. With all of your donations we will be able to encourage a lot of people. Today we gave out chickens and/or rice to 14 women.

You can see Evelyn and her Dad near the far left of the photo.

Modlene choosing her chicken.


All in all, Evelyn and her Dad have had an excellent last week. After finishing Nickenson's house last weekend, Kris has painted non-stop in the clinic. Last night he painted until 9pm. We are very grateful for his flexibility and hard work. I know Evelyn is saying a lot of goodbyes to those she has come close to over the past two months.

Her internship was a great experience for her, as well as a great help to PID Haiti. If you are interested in interning for PID, check out the requirements and the application on our website: Intern for PID.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Summer sale at PIDcrafts

We have some brand new items from Guatemala in our PIDcrafts Etsy shop: purses, makeup bags, wallets, wooden sculptures and more. Check them out and be sure to use coupon code SUMMERSPLASH to save! www.etsy.com/shop/pidcrafts

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Papa Ev-leen is here in Haiti

Phillip and Kris, after painting. 

As you likely know, Evelyn has been one of our interns for the summer. She was joined by her father yesterday, who will spend a week working with PID. As soon as he arrived yesterday, the two went for a walk and around the area and to see some PID houses, and he met about a thousand friends and co-workers of Evelyn's, all excited to meet Papa Ev-leen.

"Papa Evelyn" 's project for the week started today: smoothing, repairing and painting a one-room PID house for our friend and employee Nickenson. If you've ever traveled to PID Haiti then you most likely have met and fell in love with Nickenson. He works here as a landscaper part-time. Nickenson is a hard-working, optimistic, funny and smart young man, who has not let life's obstacles get in his way. (Nickenson is disabled, and folks don't always treat him right).

Nick's housing situation is less than ideal, so this month or early next month, he will be moving into a small PID house here in Blanchard through our Mortgage program. Evelyn told me about the pride Nickenson had while working on his soon-to-be home this morning.

The work in progress. 

Also this week, Evelyn's 30 Hour Fast raised over $1,600! We will use the money to buy food for families near us who are having a hard time making ends meet. We plan to buy (a lot) of live chickens with this money, as well as possibly other food, so stay tuned to the blog for some interesting pictures of that! 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

30 Hour Fast for Haiti

Help support Evelyn, one of PID's interns in Haiti, raise awareness and support for hunger in Haiti:

My name is Evelyn and I have been interning at Partners In Development-Haiti for the past seven weeks. I have seen more poverty than I have ever seen in my life. Seeing moms with malnourished babies awaiting formula and medical supplements, children begging me for a cup of water, and visiting homes with dirt floors and no functional latrines has changed my perception of poverty.
An American on one of the service trips visiting Haiti made the observation, “As United States citizens we never truly understand what it is like to live here. We always have a return flight back home, there’s always an end to our experience with poverty, while most Haitians this is all they know.”

I have my return flight booked, but I want one more experience to try to relate to the hardship of poverty—to experience hunger for 30 hours. The purpose of this fast isn’t just the experience but to alleviate hunger.

Sponsor me in my “30 Hour Fast For Haiti” and the money collected will be used to purchase chickens for the poorest members of the community that Partners In Development serves. My fast will be Monday, August 10th at 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday August 11th.

Thank you for your support in bringing food to the hungry of Haiti!