A Great Day for Bayonnais!
We Had Way Too Much Fun
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Acres of Hope!
Welcome First Presbyterian Church Concord
Thank you Pastor Geoffrey
2016 Primary School Graduates
YOU Did It! Thank you!!!
HELP FILL THE BUS FOR Haiti Hurricane Relief
Pastor Geoffrey Visits the U.S.!
Soiree for Bayonnais
Stories of Hope from Acres of Hope, Uganda
Sweet Sponsors ...
Short Story of My Life
I was born in 1979 in Cathor-Bayonnais, 3rd section of the town of Gonaives, Artibonite, Department of Haiti. I was brought up in a very poor family where everyone practiced voodoo. My mom was a single parent. In 1991, at 12 years of age, she sent me to school at Ecole Nazareen.
Letter Writing Information
Education… The Unique means to diminish disparities
A Big Year for 13 of Our Students
Williamson’s Chapel UMC, Mooresville, NC
Greetings from Bayonnais! We are pleased to report that the generous Christians living in the US who have partnered with us in our mission of providing education, and life skills to the children of Bayonnais, Nicolas, and Zorange have showered us with gifts during the Christmas season in abundance, providing goats, farm implements, and other outpouring evidence of love and affection for those of us in Haiti. We are grateful your generosity outside of the regular consistent support for the school, clinic, and agronomy project in Bayonnais. Blessings to all who were a part of this!
2015 Academic Results
Acres of Hope Nursery and Primary School had very impressive results for the 2015 Academic year. 96% of the students passed the Uganda Government issued test, allowing them to proceed to the next grade level (called “class” level in Uganda). 87% of students passed in Level 1 or 2. There are 4 passing levels in the Uganda structure, with Level 1 being the best and Level 2 being quite good. These results are exceptional, considering that 2015 was the first year many of the students were able to attend classes and focus on their education for the entire year!
2015 brought a giant step forward for Acres of Hope Uganda’s sustainability efforts. Piglets, piglets and more piglets, calves and the newest addition … an Aquaponics farm! In case you don’t know, Aquaponics is a system for farming fish and plants together in a mutually beneficial cycle. Fish produce wastes that turn into nitrates and ammonia. These aren good for the fish if they build up too much, but they e great fertilizer for plants. As the plants suck up these nutrients, they purify the water, which is good for the fish.
New School Construction
Thanks to contributions by many of you, the first phase of the new, permanent school is on schedule to open in February! Your generosity is truly appreciated and will make a huge difference for the students. Side Note: The 2016 school year will begin on February 22, 2016, following the February 18 Presidential election.
Acres of Hope Staff Blessings
Docus, the AOH Social Worker, and her family have been blessed with adorable twins (a girl and a boy).
Peace, AOH Head of Women’s Affairs and Storeroom, and her family have been blessed with a beautiful daughter.
Drought is Devastating the Region
Destructive Storm at Acres of Hope
Empowering Women in Bayonnais
The Story Behind the Medical Clinic
Uganda Mission Trip Info Meeting
September 12-22, 2015 Trip to Acres of Hope, Uganda
An Evangelical Crusade in Bayonnais
Hands to serve, Hearts to love ...
Acres of Hope, Uganda
(May 1: $500, June 1: $1,000, August 1: Remaining Balance)
The Woman On The Mountain
Primary School Graduates
Lets celebrate !
Merry Christmas 2014 to you all Friends, Partners, Sponsors, Brothers and Sisters; and Happy New Year 2015.
Yes, Merry Christmas! God has done great things for us, and therefore, lets rejoice in him! Lets not let our present circumstances prevent us from seeing Gods wonders in our lives, in our loved ones lives, in our community, and in our country. Lets not allow our present circumstances to prevent us from seeing the bigger picture.
Merry Christmas 2014 and Happy New Year 2015 to:
Friends of OFCB Board and members across the Carolinas and Savannah, Georgia, that have been working so diligently on behalf of Bayonnais to provide assistance in every aspect of life, to make an impact in our community and particularly since the deadly Earthquake in 2010.
World of God Board and staff and to all World of God sponsors, who are making sure that forgotten children have access to education in the mountain communities of Cathor, Nicolas, in Bayonnais, Haiti, and in other countries. $11,000 a month has really meant a lot to the schools in Cathor and in Nicolas.
Brothers and sisters at First Baptist Church in Huntersville for sending over $22,000 to Bayonnais for the kids to have food while in school here. Big thanks to the whole congregation and to everyone that has contributed their funds to help provide food for over 2,200 school children. The Holy Spirit has truly used you as a raven taking bread, meat and cheese to Elijah in his cave hidden, while he was facing tough times in life with wicked King Ahab.
Lets Talk about Water
Submitted By: Michelle Shrader
Myers Park United Methodist Church
Our Church, Myers Park UMC is spending some time learning about the issue of water around the world. Water is mentioned approximately 722 times in the bible. Water makes up more than 2/3 of human body and without it we would die in a few days. To know that 3.4 million people die each year from a water related disease and 780 million people lack access to clean water is something that we have deeply struggled with.
During our recent visit to Bayonnais, Actionnel helped us to understand the issue of water for our friends in Haiti. He took us to a community named Savanne Ronde to explain to us that they are situated in a very dry area. The community has about 30,000 people surrounding the school that was built there and when the school turns their generator on to draw water from their well, thousands of people stand in line for a bucket of water for their families.
It was overwhelming to witness the need for one of the most basic necessities for life. We noticed a young boy on our way up to Zoranje drawing water from a stream. The lack of clean and safe water increases the risk of sickness. The good news is that there are two water filtration systems providing safe water at OFCB now. One of the members of the community Pierrewander Alcicat, shared with us that he is able to draw clean safe water from either the clinic or the school. When we visited him the year before, he was preparing his water by pouring a small capful of bleach in it to kill the bacteria. I give thanks to the Water Missions International group for their work of bringing clean water to our friends in the mountains of Bayonnais www.watermissions.org.
Still seeking for something new and better
The mission trip to Zoranger was eye opening for every one of us from the “wealthy” community of Cathor. We went door to door preaching on Friday and Saturday. 26 people turned their souls to the Lord. I preached three sermons in Zoranger (Friday and Saturday night and Sunday morning). Due to that much talking, preaching with lots of emotion, my voice was strained, but it will be ok very soon.
Foundation in Place for Permanent School Building
Acres of Hope 3 Years Later
Why is Haiti so poor in the backyard of America?
First Acres of Hope Adoption Completed!
Happy Birthday to you Rev. Actionnel Fleurisma
January brought more of God’s blessings
Education in Haiti:
Christmas at Acres of Hope Uganda
"Wherever you are, families, friends, sponsors and partners of Acres of Hope Uganda: We would like to extend our sincere appreciation and heartfelt love for your faithful acts to walk alongside us in 2013. The board, staff and children under the Acres of Hope program, all in one joyful voice, are wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous year of 2014. Thanks so much for your faithful commitment and investments into the lives of orphans, widows and other vulnerable people. God bless all of you as you celebrate Christmas of 2013 with the knowledge that Jesus is the reason for this festive season! Rejoice!!" ...Pastor Geoffrey
CHALLENGE December 2013
A luxury for mountain folk!
End of 2013 School Year at Acres of Hope
It has been years in the making, just like every story written by God. Our friend KB is back in Uganda, with an official court date to adopt Daizy. KB is a Jesus following, path-paver as she is the first to adopt from Acres of Hope. While she is in Uganda finalizing the process, she will be spending quality time loving on Daizy and preparing her for school in the states. Please continue to pray for both KB and Daizy as they start a new chapter in this journey.
Education in Haiti: A Luxury For Mountain Folk!
Education has its challenges in Bayonnais!!! Our environment works against us, the administration of education in the country presents barriers, superstition is prevalent, and poverty is oppressive. But Bayonnais succeeds! I am reminded of Nehemiah, whom God gave the job of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, against naysayers and in the face of a disheartened population. Nehemiah set about it with resolve and a firm belief in God’s guidance, and he succeeded! Praise to the Lord, who provides for his children!
The Fourth Pod House Is Partially Furnished!
In October, Acres of Hope was blessed to receive donations to begin furnishing the fourth pod house! They were able to purchase sofas, a dining table and chairs. The house mothers bed is also being worked on. They still need 8 bunk-beds ($360 each), sheets ($8 each), blankets ($24 each), mosquito nets ($4 each), and the whole kitchen ($1,104) before the house will be fully furnished.
Storms in Uganda
In August, Pastor Geoffrey heard of Juliet, pictured holding her baby. She is a young teenage orphan who was raped by her uncle on her way to school. When she conceived, she was humiliated, ridiculed and forced to drop out of school. Bravely, she carried the child through delivery. When the baby was born, it was sickly and malnourished. Due to the circumstances, the baby has since passed away. Geoffrey thought that Juliet might never smile again. Juliet begged Geoffrey not to send her back to her village and to let her return to school.
CHALLENGE October 2013
Working Towards Self-Sustainability!
The Fifth Pod House is Underway!
Acres of Hope News June
May at Acres of Hope
Toward the end of April, school was ended early due to a storm destroying the tarproofed classrooms. Knowing the children would be on holiday until May 27th, we hit our knees and prayed fervently for the Lord to provide means for a temporary school structure quickly. Construction started with the money that was already in hand, faithfully trusting the Lord would provide the rest. In His perfect timing, a generous donor wired $6,000 for the temporary school, through ONEless Ministries Inc. in Nashville, TN (they are also raising funds for the fifth pod house)!! With the sweat and hard work of the team, AOH students returned to a nearly completed building which will allow them to continue their education while the permanent structure is built. The Lord continues to show His favor and grace at Acres of Hope through donors, sponsors and friends. We praise God for His faithfulness and for you!
God is at work in Northern Uganda!
New School Year Begins in Bayonnais!
We are very excited to share the news that the new school building in Nicolas is open and filled with children ready to learn! The new school was built through the many gifts that have been received, and the incredibly difficult physical labor of the Haitian construction team. This was a challenging building site and a logistical nightmare. All building materials had to be hand-carried up the mountain. Take a look a the photo to see the beautiful new school.
Uganda Mission Trip Rescheduled
Nicolas is one of the areas in Bayonnais. Located on the top of the mountains with no shades trees. These people are desperate for sweet trees that can grow, eatable fruits, Vegetables, no water and lets not even talk about electricity. Millet, corn and peanuts are the mains crops that are grown. 90 per cent of the populations are farmers, but farming is not sufficient for a living and almost impossible because we all know that crops do not grow in mountains.
Pastor Actionnel Fleurisma came up with a great idea to help kids that are needed to be fed, schooling and health. Since there are living an unpoliteful situation. There is no public school, no running water and so on. Together with the help of the American people; a primary school has been started. But it is a shame to see the condition in which the children are being taught.
General Update on Acres of Hope Uganda
I would like to registered my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Almighty God for having taken us through 2012 successfully and has brought as this far. Before closing the year 2012, the following achievements were registered in these areas:
EDUCATION: We were able to see all our sponsored children successfully stayed at schools and sat for end of year examinations. Although some results were not encouraging due to the schools some of these children went to. Majorly in government supported schools the children performed poorly because most of the times the teaching staff were on sit down strike and not teaching because they had wanted the government to increase their salaries. So this has basically affected the performance of most children in those schools.
Children at Acres of Hope School fairly did well and better than most children who were in other schools. We were privileged to registered 37 children who were the pioneer of the schools. The school was limited by space, because we were using the unfinished pod house 4 as a class room block. This made us not to registered more than 37 children. We had 3 full time teaching staff and 3 part time teachers.
This year 2013, we are planning to construct a temporary school structure that would accommodate more children, if the possibility of the finance would allow us to do so. We requested for the permission from the Ministry of Education and they have granted us to do so as we also plan for a permanent one. We are planning to put one school block with 6 classrooms that will accommodate Baby Class, Middle class, top class and Primary 1 to 3. It means we also have to recruit 7 full time teaching staff,4 more adding on to the 3 already recruited.
CHRISTMAS PARTY: Last Christmas festive season, we were able to bring together all our sponsored children and some non sponsor children together in the new home and had a Christmas party together. The non resident sponsored children joyfully share accommodation in the 3 pod houses with the resident children for 2 nights and thereafter returned to their homes. We also bought new dresses and clothes for all the sponsored children
SUSTAINABILITY PROCESS: We are looking forward to have a local sustainability for the project more especially in food security for the home. In the last season, we tried to do some cultivation. We had a vegetable garden, that really helped the home with the provision of some greens. We tried to plant some maize, beans, onions, tomatoes, sweet potatoes. But the yield was not good due to too much rain. Generally last season was bad due to too much down pour. All crops failed to yield well and were affected by flood. But we look forward to continue with the same activity next season.
CHALLENGES: The need of land expansion, need of a social worker and a temporary school structure.
Submitted by: Geoffrey Odongo