Our founders’ grandson, Caleb Scott, is participating in the NFL’s #mycleatsmycause for charity. He chose Haiti Child Sponsorship and Young Life Haiti to support. The cleats are on auction through Dec 12, 7pm. Bid here.
If you have a sponsored child and would like to send a small gift please follow these instructions:
Choose age appropriate items from the list below.
Fit items in an 8.5 x 11 padded envelope.
Write name of child and your name on the envelope.
Please include a short note and /or photo of your family.
Please mail to:
9524 Continental Drive
Knoxville, TN 37922
Deadline to receive the envelopes is Dec 7th.
simple toys such as jump ropes, jacks, marbles, toy cars, puzzles, toy figures, hacky sack, etc
picture books or coloring books in English or French or Creole
colored pencils, crayons or markers, paper
sunglasses & hats
hair ribbons & barrettes
candy (nothing that melts)
lotion & perfume (for girls)
nail polish & remover (for girls)
board games, such as checkers or chess
school supplies – composition book, pen, pencils, eraser, sharpener, ruler, calculator, chalk
hygiene items such as deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and nail clippers
This story is written by Jenna Scott, Haiti Child Sponsorship founders' grand-daughter. Jenna recently served in Haiti for 6 weeks of a 10 week medical internship (cut short by the recent riots and civil unrest).
Ken’s story did not start with me. In fact, I am not exactly sure when or where Ken’s story did begin. I don’t even really know how to spell his name. I do know that he and I will never be the same because of the way that the Lord intertwined our lives. Hopefully one day Ken will write down his own story and fill in all of the missing pieces. Until then, I can tell you the little bit that I do know. For starters, I know that some eleven years ago, Ken was born in Haiti, probably in a mountain village called Maissade. I know that his parents are no longer in the picture, that he did not start school with other kids his age, that he has experienced great pain, and most importantly, I know that God loves him and has been looking after him throughout his entire life.
The Streets of Maissade, where Ken grew up.
At some point in Ken’s early childhood, a serious infection developed in his knee. I don’t know what caused the infection, but I wonder about it often. Maybe he scraped his knee playing soccer; maybe he was burned. Maybe he cut his knee on a rock in the river. Whatever the cause, the impact was severe. Neglected, the infection intensified until at some point there were maggots festering in the wound. The abscess could no longer be ignored, and the time came for Ken to see a doctor. I’m not sure who the doctors were or what they did, but I know that what was left was dysfunctional. And so, sometime before the age of six, Ken was crippled. At least two years passed by before I met Ken. He transitioned to a new home with his aunt and cousins. He became accustomed to the physical and cultural consequences of being disabled.
When I met Ken in 2014, his was just one precious face among about fifty others. I was sitting in the park with a box of band-aids and a line of kids waiting to be “treated”. I noticed two kids cut the line. The older of the two grabbed my attention and pointed to his younger friend’s leg. At first glance, it looked as though it was broken, and his lower leg was dangling at the knee. My stomach turned, and my first instinct was just to pick him up and love on him as best I could. This was just a week-long trip after all. We’d been going to Maissade for three years and I had not once met this family. For all I knew, the boys would not return to the park while my team was visiting. So, I asked all of the regular questions. I learned that their names were Olande and Ken. They were cousins. Ken was eight years old. Olande did go to school. Ken did not. The more I talked to the pair of them, the more my heart ached for Ken. I decided to adopt him into my arms for the rest of the week, and I started to dream about what I could do for this boy.
As a fifteen-year-old girl with no income, connections or qualifications of any kind, there really was nothing I could do, and I knew that in my mind. Truthfully, my encounter with Ken was not out of the ordinary for Haiti. In a country marked by poverty, hardships, and disaster, you sort of learn to do what you can, pray a lot, and let God do the rest. No one is going to save Haiti, it’s too heavy a burden. The Lord had broken my heart for Haiti before, but with Ken it was different. He wrecked me. I was so overwhelmed by hopelessness that I ran to my bedroom in Maissade and collapsed on the bed in sobs. It was all so unfair. In my despair, I opened my bible directly to Acts 3, and I read this ---
"One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him."
The Lord had given me a mission. I knew from that moment on that Ken’s story would not be about a boy who fell victim to the brokenness and hopelessness surrounding him, rather that he would become strong enough to walk, jump and praise the God who made it all possible. The people of Maissade would recognize him and be filled with wonder and amazement at how the Lord had entered into his brokenness and made him whole. I held Ken every day that week, and when it came time to leave, I made a promise to him that I would be back.
The next time I saw Ken was in a post-op room at Adventiste Hôpital in Port-Au-Prince after his first surgery. A miracle surgery that was only possible because of the Lord’s goodness, His connections and the generosity of my community back home. Due to the complexity of his condition, an external fixator was required to align and lengthen his leg. He moved to Port-au-Prince with his older cousin Edna to be closer to the doctor for follow up appointments. With extra money raised from his initial surgery, we were able to support Edna as she cared for Ken. Little did we know, Ken would undergo four more surgeries to date. I have kept a close relationship with him since that day, seeing him at least once a year when my team travels to his hometown. I am always blessed to see how his resilient spirit impacts the people he encounters. This journey has been difficult. I am often reminded how powerless I am in the midst of the brokenness of this world, BUT the Lord is faithful when it feels hopeless, and He is good despite the circumstances.
I was reminded of this truth this past July 2018 when I had the opportunity to see Ken at the Beach in Haiti. All little boys grow up, and Ken is no exception. He has shot up in height over the past year. I can hardly imagine that I used to carry him on my hip not too long ago. We smiled together as he stepped into the ocean for the first time. I watched him be amazed by the waves, the sand, and the seashells. He gaped at the giant crabs being sold by beach vendors. We built huge castles in the sand, and I watched as he learned not to build his fortress too close to the water if he didn’t want to watch it wash away. Despite the pain of his life, and the hardships he has endured at such a young age, he has a type of gentle joy that reminds me of the goodness in life, the goodness that comes from God.
Ken’s story is not over. He is still in physical therapy after his last surgery, and there is a possibility of future surgeries to make sure his legs grow at the same rate (he really is growing so fast). It is my hope that he continues his education and has all of the resources he needs to thrive in life. Ken’s story did not start when I met him, and The Lord was looking after him far before I ever looked into his big brown eyes, and The Lord will continue to be in control as we navigate life together.
The situation in Haiti is improving since riots broke out two weeks ago -- here is an overview/update and specific ways you can pray for Haiti, the school, and the community we serve.
Thank you for your faithful support of the work of our staff and leadership in Haiti. The good news is, the school is not dependent on Americans to run the daily operations of the school. We have a competent, capable staff doing so and for that we are grateful! We do depend on the support of our U.S. friends to fund the operations and for those people, churches, foundations, etc we are grateful as well.
Almost two weeks ago, the government announced that it would no longer subsidize gas prices, resulting in a 38-51% increase to the cost of fuel. The vast majority of the population lives on less than $2 a day and this would greatly affect their daily lives. Protests, riots, and roadblocks broke out across Haiti making it dangerous to leave your home.
Despite an announcement that the government reversed its decision on fuel prices, the unrest continued, leading to the resignation of the Prime Minister on Saturday, July 14. The US Travel Warning has been lowered to Level 3 which is good news.
We are proud of our Haitian staff that continue to press on and fulfill their call to serve the poor of their country. We are thankful to work alongside them and support their efforts to provide education and meals and hope to the community of Pele.
We appreciate your continued prayers:
- Pray for peace, strength and unwavering HOPE in Haiti.
- Pray for wisdom for Haiti’s leaders. For the government to listen to the concerns of their citizens and act in the best interest of the Haitian people.
- Pray for stability as the Prime Minister has resigned and a new PM will be appointed.
- Pray for Haiti’s economic situation. For provision for the vast majority of Haitians who work endlessly and still struggle to provide for the basic needs of their families.
- Pray for safety for the staff at the Good Shepherd School. For those who travel in and out of the community daily and those that live on the property and in the community.
- Pray that the daily summer feeding program does not get disrupted by the situation. We prepare and serve 400 meals to children and people every weekday at the school.
The sweet faces below are of students peeking under the door of the church during Teacher Appreciation Day at the school last week.
What they saw was their teachers being celebrated, honored and thanked for their dedication and service -- each teacher receiving a gift and certificate of Appreciation.
The children were so excited and got a glimpse that education matters and their teachers are valued and loved.
We just returned from a very good visit in Haiti. A year ago for my 80th birthday wish, I asked you, our donors, to consider giving to build the new church/multipurpose building at the school. You all responded in such a wonderful and generous way that a year later, just 2 weeks ago, we dedicated the beautiful new building!
It had been a long, eight years since the earthquake toppled the church...Hundreds gathered to celebrate...Three weddings began at 7am to begin the day...There was joy, laughter, singing, and dancing!
Mary and I were asked to “cut the ribbon “ before the service. We recruited Chedrick’s two beautiful daughters, Pastor Tito’s two granddaughters, to share in the wonderful occasion. A GREAT and unforgettable day! MERCI! THANK YOU!!
These interviews from two 7th graders at the Good Shepherd School remind us of what we do and why we do it - for the children and the future of Haiti
"My name is Reynaldo. I live with my parents and one brother. I am in 7th grade. For me, the school represents the pride of the area and of every kid who has a chance to receive education from this prestigious school. Very often people don't like to give good things to poor people but I can say that people at this school make a difference. Every day I receive good education from my teachers, good food from the kitchen and they make me feel that I am important. The school is a really good thing that is offered to poor people in Haiti. Sincerely, my parents would never be able to send me to school if that school didn't exist because they are not working. My favorite subject at school is Physical Sciences because I understand it better.
When I graduate from High School, I would like to go to a university where I will study to become a doctor. I think like that I will have an opportunity to give back to people in my country. Thank you very much to God and to all of you who have combined your strength to make a dream become a reality (My school). God bless you."
MEET ROSE BERLINE
“My name is Rose Berline. I live with my parents and three brothers. I am in 7th grade. I love the school because it has really good teachers to help us in our education. The responsibles share the Gospel with us and they encourage us to go to church. Mrs. Lovely always tell us that God loves us and they love us too. It's for that they have chosen to work at the school and they don't want to see one day that we are harmed because we have chosen to do bad things and follow the examples of bad friends. My favorite subject at school is English. I would like to be able to speak English one day. When I finish High School I want to become a flight attendant, it's my dream. Thank you everyone for your support to the school. You are doing exactly the work of God in helping poor children in Haiti to have a good tomorrow.”
We traveled to Haiti in November to serve at Young Life camp and to visit the school. Our task was to meet with the children for an art project -- creating a handprint Christmas tree for our annual Christmas card! What fun it was to help these kids paint their hand and make a print.
Here is the finished product:
When the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, the large church/multipurpose building of the school was completely destroyed. Fortunately, school was out at the time, but a vital part of our school complex was gone. Nearly a year ago I was about to turn 80; my birthday wish was for the construction of the new church/multi-purpose building. Your response to my wish has been overwhelming! We are pleased to show you the picture of the building alongside the architectural drawing.
The exterior of the building is complete and beautiful! However, we do need benches for the interior. Chedrick tells us that each bench/pew will cost $200. We are going to have the Church dedication service on January 21. We would love to have 30 new benches on that date. Do you have a church or civic group or Sunday School class that would like to give a bench? And we would love to have you join us for that dedication trip January 18-23.
Thanks again for your wonderful generosity that makes the school and church a possibility!
Good news! Our 9th-grade class received a 91% passing grade on the National Exam. And even better, thanks to you and some very special gifts, we are adding the tenth-grade class at the school! These 60 students will be able to continue their education at The Good Shepherd School. Without the addition of the 10th grade, most would likely have had to drop out due to the cost. Your gifts made it possible for us to hire ten new teachers for the tenth-grade students.
More good news! Ten kids from our school joined about 20 other kids from Pele as they enjoyed a Jenn Vi (Young Life) week of camp. We are excited to report that nearly 1000 kids attended camp this summer. As you know, the Jenn Vi ministry is a direct product of our school.
Perhaps a first at a summer camp....so many kids went to the last camp that there was no room in "dorms" for them to sleep. So, the buses were turned into camper rooms for the overflow for the week. The camps were a wonderful time for every kid who attended.
We are grateful to the staff, families, and students at Saint Thomas More School in Decatur, GA for their efforts to teach children about hunger! The annual Empty Bowls dinner serves up a simple meal of soup and bread in hand-crafted bowls made by the students as a reminder that too many people throughout our world are facing hunger. Our organization received proceeds from this event!
One student, reflecting on what she had learned, asked her teacher what else she could do to help children in Haiti. After much thought, she decided to raid her piggy bank. She brought in 25 envelopes with 30 cents in each envelope to donate to the school so kids could have lunch!
Thank you Gracie! You are inspiration to us all!
This month I will turn 80 years old which for some reason sounds a lot older than 79! And there is one present I am requesting and hoping for this year. On this day, seven years ago on January 12, 2010, the earthquake in Haiti destroyed the school. We will never forget that devastating day that took the lives of nearly 300,000 Haitians and crumbled the capital city. Since then, thanks to your many gifts, the school is mostly rebuilt. But there is one building in the compound that has not been rebuilt -- the CHURCH.
The former church, which held up to 2000 people also served as the auditorium for assemblies, graduations and special events for the children.
During the earthquake, the second story walls collapsed and the roof fell to the ground. For the past seven years, the church services have been held in a makeshift building (tarps with a tin roof) on the school grounds.
My Birthday Wish is for the church to be rebuilt in 2017!! We already have a contractor, design, and $100,000 project cost.
If you know of churches, foundations, or individuals that can help make this happen in 2017, it will be a great gift to me, the school, and the many families in the surrounding communities we serve. We need small gifts, large gifts, matching gifts, stock gifts and pledges. Just let us know if you can help fulfill my Birthday Wish!
We are so grateful for your continuing gifts and we pray that 2017 will be a wonderful year for you!
Charlie and Mary Scott,
Child Sponsorship Founders
Your donations to the Hurricane Relief Fund continue to be used for good! These 3 individuals' homes were repaired and new roofs put on after damaging winds from Hurricane Matthew blew them away. Sagine, Casemir and Josene are grateful for your support!
Thank you to all who donated to the Hurricane Relief efforts! The school suffered more damage than originally thought due to flooding. We are working with a Haitian contractor and consulting with two Young Life Developing Global Leader university graduates who recently earned degrees in civil engineering to solve the drainage problem. In Tent City, we have rebuilt two homes and provided water and general clean-up. And we are helping our Young Life friends rebuild in 3 communities where they minister on the coastline.
The Young Life staff and leaders raised $1000 from their friends and community in Haiti to purchase and deliver 2 carloads of much-needed supplies to Les Cayes area hit hard by the hurricane.
It has been a rough week watching the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew here in the US and the Caribbean. Reports from Haiti are over 900 lives lost and 99% homes lost in many villages on the southern coast. We are thankful to share that our staff and students at the Good Shepherd School and our friends in Young Life Haiti are all safe. There was no damage to the school and children have returned to the classroom.
In the tent city, where we support a small school for the poorest families, there was flooding and damage to many homes. We are working with our friend, Wooby, a member of the tent city committee, to bring relief to the residents.
In One Week With Current Gifts We Have:
- Provided 6000 gallons of water
- Rebuilt homes for 2 families / Pictured: Martine family
- Cleaned up the area in hopes to prevent Cholera
As we write this letter, Hurricane Matthew is set to make landfall in Florida. The devastation it has left in its path is horrific. Reports from Haiti are nearly 300 lives lost and 99% homes lost in many villages in the southern coast. We are thankful to report that our staff and students at the Good Shepherd School and our friends in Young Life Haiti are all safe. There was very little damage to the school.
In the tent city, however, where we support a small school for the poorest of the residents, there was flooding and damage to many homes. We are working with our friends, Wooby and Papouche, to provide 6000 gallons of water, rebuild two families’ homes and clean up the area.
As many of you know, our school director, Chedrick Canéus, also directs the Young Life work in Haiti. We desire to support their relief efforts, as well, and hope to provide some funding to rebuild a roof on the YL office in Miragoane.
We are committed to support our Haitian partners to provide them resources to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Thank you for your continued prayers for Haiti and all who have experienced the devastating effects of this hurricane.
Kids in Haiti head BACK TO SCHOOL this week! It is an exciting time because Haitians LOVE TO LEARN and many are guaranteed a HOT MEAL at school. This is true for the children in the community of Pele at The Good Shepherd School. Parents, too, are grateful that their children have a place to learn and grow in mind, body and soul!
Our Operations Budget supports:
- 35 staff and teacher salaries
- materials and classroom supplies
- 600 daily meals
- water, sanitation, electricity
- maintenance and security
This month we are having a BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE to help fund students who cannot afford a backpack or uniform and help us with meals and classroom supplies.
We are partnering with a local Haitian backpack supplier to provide backpacks for those in need. We are happy to support the local Haitian economy while helping those children who cannot afford a backpack. Better yet, backpacks only cost $10. Uniforms, school supplies and help with meals are also much needed and appreciated. Thank you for partnering with us to educate children and build future leaders in Haiti!
School is out in Haiti! Most children will miss being at school because they enjoy learning and playing with their friends! What they won't miss is a hot meal because during the summer the cooks continue to prepare a huge pot of rice and beans every weekday for any children in the community - typically 400 local kids attend!
We also continue to pay our teachers and staff so that they can have a steady income year round to provide for their families.
Another option for our older students is to go to Young Life camp. Young Life has a strong presence in Pele where many of our teachers and staff are leaders for the local club. It costs $63 to send a kid to camp this summer. Young Life will match all camp sponsorship donations this month, doubling your gift!
Thanks for the outpouring of support for students to attend Young Life camp this summer! To date we have raised scholarships to send 42 kids to camp! The staff just completed 4 camps with close to 700 kids and leaders. Our own, school director, Chedrick Caneus was there to oversee the experience and many of our school staff and teachers were in attendance as well.
Thanks for your continued support of our mission! Together we are making a difference in the lives of children, teenagers and families in Haiti!
We are very proud of our friend Wooby and his leadership at "tent city."
Education helps fight poverty and empowers people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to shape a better future.