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Haiti Orphanage

$48,515 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 109 people in 15 months
When I was just starting my senior year of high school, I was diagnosed with a large brain tumor in my cerebellum. I had surgery and spent months in the hospital and an inpatient rehab institute.

My brain surgery and long term affects have made me realize how precious my time and talents are.
I have always had a heart for volunteering and doing community service. I am a very compassionate person and love to work with children.

 
I decided Haiti was the place I wanted to help, and having an orphanage was the best thing I could do!

I now house, clothe, feed and educate 4 children.

I ask for your help for funds to help me fulfill my goal!


My mission to fulfill this goal is:
Establish a loving orphanage where children are able to grow up envisioning and fulfilling their dreams and goals.
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I was in Haiti last week, and I won’t lie; this trip was rough. Growing pains of trying to run an orphanage in another country. I wish someone had told me it’d be hard! ;)

I flew straight from Cap Haitian to vacation with my family.. all 26 of us on my moms side! It was crazy, yet awesome.

It’s always a difficult transition going from Haiti to the US, but this time was a little easier because I was so happy to see my son and his love for the ocean. I realize that his love for our family vacations is very similar to my love for Haiti. They’re both in a new place, we both get smothered in hugs and attention, and they’re both crazy...yet awesome.

I am madly in love with the Haitian children. Although they don’t speak English and my creole is still shaky, the love between us is palpable. Everytime I’d leave the orphanage for an hour or so, it was as if I’d been gone for a year. This trip, Michael learned my name. “Cwistina!!” He’d exclaim in the sweetest voice. It’s a close second to hearing my biological son saying my name.

I have so many ideas running through my head about my next steps and how to make the orphanage better. I ask for your prayers of guidance and strength in this arduous journey that God has placed in my hands and on my heart. Yes, I believe that I don’t have a choice in running and maintaining an orphanage in Haiti. God gave me a deeply caring heart and a love for the Haitian people, specifically the children. I love helping in anyway that I can. I am filled with gratitude everytime I think of all of you who help me help the children in this crazy yet awesome place.
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Going to Haiti tomorrow! Blessed to be able to help and so fortunate for all of you for making that possible.
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These moms are THE BEST caregivers I've ever met. I am so grateful for them and the kids are so lucky to have them!


P.S. sorry all these are sideways!
Happy late late Mothers Day to the best!
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This picture can be seen with two perspectives. One, "Oh my, they all share one bed? Thats not good! How sad" and two being, "How sweet...they all look so peaceful and they're so caring and loving they shared their bed with one another."
If you're like me, your reaction was a little bit of both.



~I do what I love for the people I love and I love what I do.
Help me support these kiddos today!
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