Have Faith HaitiDelmas 33, Port-au-prince
The Have Faith Haiti Mission is a special place of love and caring, dedicated to the safety, education, health and spiritual development of Haiti’s impoverished children and orphans. The Mission was founded in the 1980’s as The Caring and Sharing Mission. Since then, it has raised and cared for hundreds of children, some of whom now work there caring for the next generation.
Following the devastating earthquake of January, 2010, the mission fell upon hard times, and later that year, operations were taken over by author Mitch Albom and his A Hole In The Roof Foundation, and the name changed to Have Faith Haiti Mission, inspired partly by Albom’s book “Have a Little Faith.”
The goal of the mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for Haitian children who do not have one. Children are cared for medically, nutritionally, educationally and spiritually. They are taught in both French and English, with a goal of achieving at least a high school diploma. Christian prayer and guidelines are a part of their daily life, as is a sense of giving back to the mission though work and responsibility.
One Life Touches Another
It is with a broken heart that I share that our beloved Chika went home to heaven today at 1:43 in the afternoon. She was 7. She went breathing slower and slower until she drifted off like the magical child she was. No morphine. No drama. Just love.
She was diagnosed with a DIPG brain tumor in May of 2015 in Haiti, and lived 23 months battling it every step of the way. Doctors expected a five-month survival. Chika stunned them all. Even yesterday, when she was down to one breath a minute, she suddenly rallied and came back to stable form, 33 breaths a minute, leaving the experts shaking their heads and giving us one more blessed day with her.
She left this earth while snuggled in her bed between Janine and me, her favorite spot, something she called “cozy fluffy bed camp.” In her two years with us she touched so many people, delighted so many nurses, technicians, waiters and flight attendants, and gave Janine and me the greatest gift of all: a family.
We will miss that every moment of life that we have left.
Chika told me once, when I said I had to go to my job, that what I did for a living was not really my job.
“Your job,” she said, “is carrying me.”
She was right. Carrying her to the end of her journey was my job, and today I carried her beautiful little body out of our room and down the hall and finally out the door. We will have a funeral here next week in Michigan, but she will be buried in Haiti, where she belongs, where she is from, and where she longed to return.
We thank all of you for your prayers and support throughout her journey. We ask for no condolence cards nor flowers or things like that. If you wish to do something in her honor, you can make a contribution to her home in Haiti, the Have Faith Haiti Mission/Orphanage, to take care of the 39 other children like her.
I have no doubt where Chika is, because she had no doubt. One night, Janine walked into the bedroom to find Chika singing alone, no music, no TV. Even Janine’s entrance didn’t stop her from continuing, by herself, for eight minutes. It was true, mesmerized devotion. The faith of a child. Here is a piece of it.
She is, and always will be, a child of God.
In Memory of Chika
We thank all of you for your prayers and support throughout her journey. If you wish to do something in her honor, you can make a contribution to her home in Haiti, the Have Faith Haiti Mission/Orphanage, to take care of the 39 other children like her.
Learn more about Chika’s story here.
Thank you for interest in the Have Faith Haiti Mission. I have been blessed to see much of the world; nowhere have I seen greater despair – or greater hope – than in Haiti. For relatively little money, we truly can save children. One life touches another and affects it indelibly. I have written that. I believe that. And this mission is proof of it. Bless you for your help.Mitch Albom
School . . . . . . . . . $22,000
Food Budget . . . . . .$17,000
Teaching Staff . . . . . $19,000
Medical, Dental . . . . $16,000
Water, Electric . . . . .$12,000
Security . . . . . . . . $6,000
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You Can Help
Have Faith Haiti Mission exists on donations. All money raised goes strictly into the operation of the mission, from purchasing food to paying for schoolbooks.
Helping our family in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew ravaged eastern Haiti October 3- 5, 2016. Death toll estimates range from 546 to 1600 people. Our 39 young ones are safe and unhurt; but our extended family – the parents, siblings and relatives of our kids and staff – are in dire need.
With your generosity, a trip to Jérémie and surrounding areas was funded & organized.
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All prayers, thoughts, and support for Have Faith Haiti are needed, welcome, and received with our deepest thanks.
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Hurricane Matthew ravaged eastern Haiti October 3- 5, 2016. Death toll estimates range from 546 to 1600 people. Our 39 young ones are safe and unhurt; but our extended family – the parents, siblings and relatives of our kids and staff – are in dire need. With your generosity, a trip to Jérémie and surrounding areas was funded & organized.