COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – Compassion for the suffering motivates Food For The Poor’s partners of 20 years, St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church and its South Florida Haiti Project, to open their hearts to the people of Bondeau, Haiti.
“Their resources are scarce, but they have dreams and we want to help them achieve those dreams,” said South Florida Haiti Project Board Member Teresa Grashof. “The goal of the fundraiser is to continue to support the ongoing mission of the South Florida Haiti Project. Our shared partnership with the people of Bondeau is to journey together embracing the transformative power of God’s love.”
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church and its South Florida Haiti Project will host a virtual event, Journey with Bondeau, on Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. It will stream on South Florida Haiti Project’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/southfloridahaitiproject/ and YouTube channel http://youtube.com/southfloridahaitiproject.
Through Food For The Poor, St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church has funded a school, and the South Florida Haiti Project, which was founded in 2009, built 20 homes, provided 75,000 meals and has recently established a broiler project to serve 25 farmers.
Wilcaire, 41, who lives in Bondeau and works at the Bon Samaritan Parish said he’s grateful the farmers in his region will have an opportunity to raise and sell chickens.
“I have never witnessed any projects, like the broilers project, which is being executed at my community,” Wilcaire said. “Before, our residents have always had difficulty purchasing meat. Sometimes they used to travel more than 10 kilometers to find it. Now, with this project, they will no longer have this issue.”
Beth Shires, South Florida Haiti Project Board Member & Mission Trip/Pilgrimage Coordinator, has traveled to Haiti 14 times and believes partnerships are vital for the beautiful blessings happening in Bondeau.
“While it is so often the abject poverty and desperate need in Haiti that is focused upon, beyond those very real needs are the people of Bondeau – mothers, fathers, boys, girls, babies, and the elderly. All with dreams just like you and me,” Shires said. “South Florida Haiti Project, as a partner, is proud to come alongside these enduring people to journey with them towards options for sustainability, health and dignity.”
“It is encouraging to see how far we have journeyed,” Shires said. “Three of our Bon Samaritan School graduates are now teachers in the school. The partnership continues to broaden with more and more partners joining the journey. There are reasons to celebrate amid so much need.”
Food For The Poor began serving in Haiti in 1986 and works with hundreds of organizations and churches throughout the country, which includes St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church.
“It’s wonderful to know the South Florida Haiti Project, operating under St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, is committed to coming up with creative ways to reach their fundraising goals,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Food For The Poor. “This pandemic may have brought in-person events to a standstill, but the needs of the destitute in Haiti did not go away during this crisis, so we’re determined to do all that we can to help.”
The free virtual event will be hosted from St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church. Guests will learn about past projects and see visions for the future. There’s also a silent auction, which opens on July 24 and continues through Aug. 8, and features the work of 92 Haitian and local artisans, and a weekend get-away at The Breakers. Guests can bid on a Food For The Poor mission trip to Jamaica, which was donated by a board member.
To participate in the online auction and view all the items up for bid please visit https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/SFHP-Journey-With-Bondeau-12944
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for orphaned and abandoned children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org