Haiti Malnutrition Center

$9,820 of $20k goal

Raised by 82 people in 12 months
Rhyan Buettner  BELLINGHAM, WA
Espwa Berlancia is thrilled to invite you along on the journey of opening our new, inpatient malnutrition treatment and family preservation center!

With space for 20 beds to treat children, as well as rooms for parents to stay with them and join in their recovery process, we have found a property that is the perfect place to receive these precious families and stand in the gap for them.

Our heart and emphasis is on preserving families. When a mother feels like she has no way to provide for her child besides giving him up to an orphanage, we step in. When a child is starving in the care of their parents, we come alongside to

With nurses and counselors to meet the needs of both the children and their caregivers our hope is that every family that finds their way to our gate would leave encouraged and renewed in their relationship with eacother and with God.

The funding needed for this project has been broken down into 4 steps. As each step is completed we will update this campaign to reflect the current needs and goals.

Our goal is to have this new property fully funded and ready to open by July of this year! It doesn't leave much time but with lots of help it can happen. The sooner we open our doors the less children who will suffer the effects of hunger.

Thank you so much for joining us in this fight!

For more information and to follow the ongoing journey visit www.becausehecalled.blogspot.com
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Update 4
Posted by Rhyan Buettner
11 months ago
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So much has happened that I haven't had time to update for 3 whole weeks! The malnutrition center continues to expand at an incredible pace. We now have 2 rooms, with a total of 10 beds dedicated to malnutrition care. At this point we are operating out of my home and are anticipating the day that we will move into our new, bigger space. You will notice that I changed the total amount of the campaign. In the beginning I thought it would be best to start with small amounts and update the total as we reached our goal but I have no decided to throw caution to the wind and just set the total needed to our full amount. This new $20,000 total reflects the entire amount we need to pay the rent our our new property for a full year! Once this goal is reached we will be able to move into the center and start incorporating our parents and sustainability programs right away! It will be such an incredible feeling to finally be able to settle into our permanent place and start working towards our long term goals! Today, as I share this new updated amount with you I also want to share both a success story and one of our newest patients so you can see exactly where your donation money is going.

Meet Jonesly...
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On Jonesly's first day with us he was very sick. He had a bad parasitic infection, fever diarrhea and malnutrition. For the first 24 hours his body could only tolerate about a half a tablespoon of pedyalite every half hour. With antibiotics, mamba and some good food Jonesly went from a very sick little baby to a happy, energetic toddler. Jonesly's life was saved!

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Meet Fresly...

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Fresly is 18 months old and has been with us for 3 days. He is suffering with Kwashorkor, a protein deficiency malnutrition. Fresly is in a lot of pain but is already starting to show signs of recovery. One day soon I will share a photo of Fresly that is as beautiful of a redemption as Jonesly. All because of each of you who supports this cause.

These are where your dollars are going, this is the difference YOU are making.

Thank you from every single one of us.
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Update 3
Posted by Rhyan Buettner
12 months ago
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Another Friday and another update! Today I want to share with you about our parent’s program, that goes hand and hand with our malnutrition treatment plan.

Whenever possible, parents of the children in our center will be encouraged to stay on site for the duration of their child’s care. Parents will sleep in bunk rooms and be involved in the day to day care of their children including assisting our cook in preparing meals (this will help tremendously as we work to teach the parents proper nutrition) and participating in parenting classes led by our nannies and nurses.

While children are receiving care of their physical needs we will be working with the parents to meet their needs as well. One of the ways we feel we can best serve the parents during this time is through focusing on their spiritual and mental well being. In my heart, this part of our program is as important and worth of our focus as the malnutrition care.

We will strive to serve the parents in 3 different areas

-Spiritual Health (Individual and group sessions) This will be in partnership with a local church. Both the head pastor and the women’s ministry group will be involved. This will involve individual counseling once a week with the pastor and weekly group bible study with praise and worship led by the women’s ministry. The pastor and women’s group leaders will receive basic mental health training led by a local organization during staff training.

-Traditional Mental Health (Individual and group sessions) This will be facilitated by a local mental health organization and fulfilled by trained, certified Haitian staff. This will include individual counseling on an as needed basis (either weekly or bi-weekly) as well as weekly group sessions.

- Sustainability This will be based on individual interest, availably and geographical location. This will include several options for ongoing sustainability once they leave our program including, farming equipment loans, livestock training and resources, small business loans with lots of business training and financial counseling and continuing education loans. This sustainability training, along with the parents working alongside our trained cooks, nurses and nannies, is the best way that we can ensure that they won’t return home to the same struggles and fragility that they left and that they will be successful in keeping their families healthy and impacting their home communities.

This program is referred to as a Family Preservation Program, this right here is how we plan to do it, and this is exactly why we need this space. Right now we are able to take children into our current space and meet their nutrition needs but I believe that we are meant to do so much more. In our new space we will never have to separate parents from their children for treatment and we will have the opportunity to reach families in a way that would never be possible otherwise. We will join them, to work together and fight what they are fighting.
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Update 2
Posted by Rhyan Buettner
12 months ago
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Happy Friday! I’m so pleased with how well our fundraiser is going already. We are well on our way to seeing this dream become a reality. Today I want to give you all a peek into our new center space and what exactly we are raising these funds for.

Look at that massive yard!

Some of you may recognize this house as it is the former space where God’s Littlest Angels housed their older children for almost a decade. They recently moved into their new home and the property has become available.

This compound has:

A house for children recovering from malnutrition with space for at least 20 beds, including a large intake and intensive care room, kitchen and dining space.
3 parent rooms and a bathroom (in a small house onsite) 2 rooms will be for mamas and one, smaller room will be for dads. The parents will have their own programs and classes during their stay with us. We will have space to house 10 mothers and 3 fathers.
A side yard with grass and fruit trees, a garden space and therapy area for the parents.
A huge front yard where we will be able to host larger classes, our prenatal program and where the children can play.
An apartment for foreign staff
Directors housing


Every single thing that our program needs, and will need for a long time, is right here in one single space. I am so excited to see what God will do and the children and families that He will bring through these gates!

Look at that massive yard!
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Update 1
Posted by Rhyan Buettner
12 months ago
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The first step in our goal to getting this center open is to raise $12,000 which is 3/4 of the rent of the new property (all 3 houses)

We also need to have donor commitments totaling $875, 25% of our monthly budget.

Once this goal has been reached we will be able to receive the keys to the property and have access to the buildings to start preparing the space. We will also be able to schedule work teams to start coming right away to help get the buildings ready!

For more information about becoming a monthly donor you can visit http://becausehecalled.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html
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Kelly DeBardelaben
12 months ago

Love the idea of the place where GLA Toddler house used to be to be used for such an important endeavor!!!! Love you and all that you are doing down there!!! Prayers, Love & Pixie Dust :) XOXOXO KDB

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Lynne Olson
12 months ago

What an Inspirational Movement Ryan. I will be donating!

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$9,820 of $20k goal

Raised by 82 people in 12 months
Created April 2, 2016
Rhyan Buettner  
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$50
Ashton Matthews
6 months ago
JB
$20
Jessica Bennett
9 months ago
$40
Anonymous
9 months ago
MF
$100
Mindy ferguson
9 months ago
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$20
Matthew Hausman
9 months ago
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“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:37‭-‬40 MSG

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Erin Sandgren
9 months ago
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$20
Sarah Updike
9 months ago
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KW
$40
Kim Woods
9 months ago
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Praying for you and for these desperate babies and families to receive God's blessings and peace. xoxo

$40
Micci Hiatt
9 months ago
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MR
$20
Megan Reeves
9 months ago
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Kelly DeBardelaben
12 months ago

Love the idea of the place where GLA Toddler house used to be to be used for such an important endeavor!!!! Love you and all that you are doing down there!!! Prayers, Love & Pixie Dust :) XOXOXO KDB

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Lynne Olson
12 months ago

What an Inspirational Movement Ryan. I will be donating!

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