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When I Grow Up

OUR IMPACT IN HAITI

Hundreds of orphans in Haiti are encouraged thanks to your support...

Initial contact
October 2008
Initial contact

Lucson Dervilus began studying at Reedley College, Reedley, CA and began attending Redeemer’s Church. There he heard of When I Grow Up and its work in helping children in poverty. He asked us to consider helping the forgotten region of Haiti he grew up in as an orphan. Initially, we said no. However, we did tell him that when he returns to Haiti if he can get something started and show us his capacity as a leader we’d come alongside him. The vision in Lucson’s heart was birthed.

Devastating Earthquake
February 2010
Devastating Earthquake

Tod Parkinson and Derek Bergthold visited Haiti after the devastating earthquake that destroyed much of Port Au Prince. Lucson introduces them to the local committee he has formed in the communities of Palma and Jacob. These two rural communities are isolated and forgotten by the rest of the world. People would walk 3 miles for clean water and walk 4 hours to the nearest market. Lucson knew these communities well and asks us to hear the hearts of the committee members and their desire for a local school for their children – the only way they would escape the poverty of living in this unheard of valley.

School Feeding Program Established
October 2011
School Feeding Program Established

A school feeding program begins for the few classes making up the school. With three teachers, 100 students all with new uniforms and school bags a school in this rural valley was being established.

New School
July 2012
New School

A new school building begins being constructed. 150 students with 4 teachers and a Head Teacher now make up the school.

Micro-grant teaches business ownership
Sept 2012
Micro-grant teaches business ownership

A micro-grant program is launched with 20 local guardians receiving funding to begin trading and earn income to support their families. Businesses that trade rice or beans, others involve raising chickens and pigs to trade. This development is done in partnership with When I Grow Up’s micro-grant partner Gnu Foundation led by Jim Sempere.

Local Church Planted
October 2012
Local Church Planted

A local church begins in Jacob and Palma for the families of the area. 70 people show up for the first Sunday service.

School Expansion Project
August 2013
School Expansion Project

The people of Jacob and Palma construct another classroom and toilets. Each new classroom (one built every year) enables another 40 students to attend school.

School Grows Again
September 2014
School Grows Again

With yet another classroom built the school now totals 256 students, 7 teachers, 3 administrative staff, a Head Teacher, a Pedagogical Director and a new Supervisor – Salomon Damelus.

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Vital Transportation Provided + Cattle & Goats!
February 2015
Vital Transportation Provided + Cattle & Goats!

Two new motorbikes are provided to help the staff as they travel the journey from Hinche to Jacob and Palma every day. It takes 4 hours to walk and it take an hour on the back of the motorbikes … which can navigate the rivers in the wet seasons. Additionally a new cattle and goat program to help provide sustaining income to the school begins.

When I Grow Up

Poverty is not a lack of money but a lack of options. We are providing quality education for hundreds of children – the option needed to escape poverty.

Please help us to irradicate poverty in Haiti.

We need your help to continue building these communities.

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Haiti is just one of the places where we are changing lives daily.

We are also working hard to empower children out of poverty in Kenya and Guatemala.

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