WELCOME to the Lifeline Haiti Blog

WELCOME to the Lifeline Haiti Blog
(TO SEE OUR WEB SITE CLICK ON THE ABOVE PICTURE) Lifeline Haiti and Bridges of Hope exists to promote poverty relief and community empowerment within nations of the world. This mission is achieved in cooperation with Governments, donor organizations and individuals. Implementation is accomplished in cooperation with local business & Spiritual Leaders, individuals, & indigenous organizations within the region of operation and by building the capacity of these partners. The goal is to build the assets of these partners to become sustainable and reproducing agents and transition from beneficiaries to benefactors.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Orphanage photo update




Dear friends..  picture of the children at our orphanage and team with us on our last trip into Haiti... the children have grown so much and are doing so well, thanks to our supporters and the guidance of Pastor and Mrs. Placide..... we are presently back into Haiti.. today is the 3rd. anniversary of the earth quake ... there are church service and crusades conducted all through the country today... they are expecting some demonstrations for the slow response to rebuild but we are not expecting any problems... we are mindful today of how fragile life can be when we think back to the earthquake that took 300,000 lives or from the missionaries from Michigan from a Catholic organization that had an accident right near our Chabin school in which 4 lost their lives... we are thankful for each moment we have here in this life... thank you for your support and prayers.. we are sorry we could not upload the picture at this time... later...
God bless.. Bob, Linda & Lifeline Team

Orphanage kids with team

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pre School Children at our Baie d'Orange school

video
Dear friends... here is a short video of the pres school children singing at our Bay d'Orange school... this is about a 3 hr. drive through the mountains from Jacmel... this is a hard hit area from hurricanes, droughts, famine and more .... most of our children that are in our orphanage in Jacmel are from this area... as difficult as it is in Haiti these children show so much joy and happiness knowing they are getting a hot meal each day and an education... thank you to all that donate... you are making a difference...

Bob, Linda, Pastor Placide and Lifeline Haiti Team...

Upgrades to Carrfour Raymond school and Cinder Block Plant

Dear friends... thanks to all that donated towards these projects.... we have been able to put a large foundation in the cinder block plant where we can place the finished blocks to dry... we had one in place but found it wasn't large enough... you will also see pictures of Carrfour Raymond school as they are putting up walls, putting in windows and doors and  building a water reservoir... pictures show the work at the plant and at the school.  Thank you for making a difference...



Bob, Linda and Lifeline Haiti Team...

Well dug in Jacmel





Dear friends... we are one step closer to have our water purification location set up in Jacmel... photo's are of the process of digging the well by hand... we had to re dig the well after hurricane Sandy caused our well to collapse... next a building will be built and a water purification system added to provide thousands of gallons of purified water for the people of this area in Jacmel... this is another micro business for our organization which will provide funds to help support one or two schools in the area.... Thanks to  Cam Clark of Legacy Water Foundation for all your help and those that donated towards this project ....... this is a huge help... Cam's web site is: www.legacywaterfoundation.com.... we hope to have this project open early in the new year...

Photo's show the drilling and digging process.... thank you for making a difference... one clean cup of water at a time...

Bob, Linda and Lifeline Haiti Team...

Next upgrade for Cinder block plant


Dear friends... as you know our goal is to help develop a system that can help the schools to become self sustaining from the profits made from the cinder block plant.. one of the problems that we have run into is the breakdown of equipment... here you can see that the engine for our generator has to be re built... it is a cost of $6000. U.S. ... when these things occur it brings a haul to the production of our block ... we then loose contacts because of down time... our hope is to raise enough funds to purchase and addition generator and a cinder block press... we presently have two rock crushers so we are in good shape there... cost of two pieces of equipment needed here will be about $35,000.  This will give us back up for each piece of equipment so when one goes down they are able to switch over to the other back up piece so the plant will not have to have shut down time... this gives us an opportunity to service the equipment effectively also... pictures show the diesel engine apart waiting to be rebuilt
   ......thank you for making a difference... Bob, Linda and Lifeline Haiti Team

Upgrades at Cinder Block Plant





Dear friends... there were two important upgrades needed at the cinder block plant to help us move forward with this project... one was to hire a track hoe from PAP to open up the side of the mountain beside the cinder block plant... there was a layer of about two feet of lava rock to get through with the jack hammer on the machine and then jack hammer the coral ref to break it down to size to put through our rock crusher... the other need was for more water for the plant...this will store rain water ...for this we have built an addition water reservoir that will hold another 30,000 gallons of water....photo's show the dilling of the reservoir and the track hoe opening up the pit for us... thank you to each of you have made donations to help us with this ... Lifeline Haiti team.

Helping thousands with food



Dear friends... it has been some time since we posted updates ... had some technical problems... photo's show teams passing out food and taking food to rural areas ... both of the last 2 hurricanes caused much damage and a reported 52 deaths from hurricane sandy...many builds that were under construction were destroyed from the high winds...  all of our staff and children are safe... the last storm has wiped out all the gardens in the south part of the country... it is too late to replant as we are coming into our dry season... we had food on hand to be able to help about 10,000 people... thank you to all of you that have helped make this possible... especially our teams from Minneapolis... thank you especially Chad and Tim... many lives have been saved because of your hard work... thank you for making a difference.....
God bless.. Bob & Linda,
Pastor Wilbert Placide &
Lifeline Haiti Team

Monday, August 27, 2012

Photos from Storm....

Streets in Jacmel

Main street in Jacmel...Louis' around the corner is just to the right

On the road out to Kabic

On the road to Kabic

At our Carrfour Raymond school... walls under constructionwere not damaged

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hurrican 24/25/2012

Dear friends... reports coming in from our teams in Haiti is that the storm blew extremely hard throughout the night... heavy rains formed mud slides blocking roads, rains washed out roads and gardens...huge trees blown over...  some houses destroyed from the flooding... buidlings that were under construction were destroyed...many people desperate for food as any supplies they may have had were washed away... we have a supply for our schools that we are able to use to help several thousand people over the next few days but this will be used up fast... please if you are able to help with a donation it is desperately needed at this time... I will post pictures as they come in...
Thank you for making a difference... Bob/Linda and Lifeline Haiti Team

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

TEAMS OFFER HUGE HELP













February was a busy month with teams coming in from Urban Refuge and Evergreen Churches from Minneapolis... they helped with repairs to our vehicles, including installing a transmission, new brakes in several of our vehicles, oil changes, tires and much more... much painting was done at the Orphanage, Jacmel and Chabin schools ...one of the team members was teaching welding and the building of a swing set for our Chabin school...these teams help facilitate the feeding program with Kids Against Hunger... thank you for making a difference... one child at a time.....Bob, Linda & Teams

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS

This holy night is radiant with the brilliance of your one true Light. May that Light illuminate our hearts and shine in our words and deeds. May the hope, the peace, the joy and the love represented by the birth in BETHLEHEM this night fill our lives and become part of all that
we say and do. May we share this divine life of your son Jesus Christ, even as he humbled
himself to share our humanity.

May God be glorified and may people of goodwill once again experience his peace.

When the song of the angels is stilled
When the star in the sky is gone
When the Kings and Princes are home
When the shepherds are back with the flock
then the work of Christmas begins:
...to find the lost,
...to heal those broken in spirit,
...to feed the hungry,
...to release the oppressed,
...to rebuild the nations,
...to bring peace among all people,

...and to radiate the Light and Life of Christ,
every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.

Then the work of CHRISTMAS begins.

God Bless ...... Bob, Linda, Pastor & Mrs. Wilbert Placide
AND ALL THE LIFELINE HAITI TEAM

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Update Manitoba trip

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We had a wonderful trip to Manitoba... it was great to see many of you that have been supporting our work in Haiti... we had meetings at the University of Winnipeg, St. Mary's Academy, and others in Selkirk, Steinback, Winkler and Cascade Colony ... we are excited to announce the partnership we have with the University of Winnipeg with there Lost Prize Program... Professor Dave Bell will be our University Professor and Student Coordinator for Lifeline Haiti... bellfrit@mymts.net ... as you look at the picture, Dave is on the left and the Dean/Professor, Faculty of Education for the University of Winnipeg is Ken McCluskey, PhD is on the right side of the picture..."Kari McCluskey, Community Liaison Worker with Interlake School Division, will be supporting our efforts to connect with the public schools."

Below is an outline of the goal and objectives of the Lost Prize Program...

OBJECTIVES OF LOST PRIZES INITIATIVES

- To use research to guide and inform planning, and employ best practices in the gifted education and at-risk domains.

-To establish innovative academic and social programs to identify and develop the talents of high-ability, at-risk young people.

-To help the students learn more effective coping and problem solving strategies.

-To take a strength-based rather than a deficit approach for vulnerable youth.

-To embrace and respond to the diverse set of student needs and challenges.

-To encourage staff to become "talent spotters," who look for positives in their students on a daily basis.

-To develop the skills of educators working with marginalized young people.

-To utilize a variety of assessment strategies to gauge and improve student academic and social progress in tangible and specific ways.

-To share lessons learned with the field (through P.D. sessions, courses, and publications.)

STAGES OF TRAINING FOR INTERNATIONAL SITES

- Initial, on-site training. Educators in partnering countries will receive training from University of Winnipeg faculty and staff (and from some provincial and international "program associates".

- Start-up guidance, direction, and mentoring. After our foreign partners have been prepared for the challenge, seasoned veteran administrators from Manitoba will work in the school or alternative program - for one to two years - to help set the tone, overcome initial obstacles, and provide tangible, in-the-trenches assistance.

- Assumption of full responsibility. After the periods of training and mentoring have been completed, our partners will take full charge of the schools and programs in their country.

- Follow up. In an effort to prevent gradual programmatic erosion and deterioration, Manitoba educators will provide on-going follow up and assistance as necessary. To ensure sustainability, younger, prepared-at-UW teachers will be training to carry on the work over the long term (as the seasoned veterans and project initiators take the time to secure the gains by, in effect, replacing themselves).

I have more beautiful art work donated to us from one of the girls at the Cascade Colony. We will post them on line another day to sell on line....

Thank you to each for making a difference...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

CINDER BLOCK PLANT ---- CHABIN









We have just returned from meetings in Manitoba... photo's are of the cinder block plant at our Chabin location... photo of the gate going into the plant, the cinder block press, finished cinder blocks and the piles of crushed rock... this has been a long process but so worth it.. we will be able to produce 1500 cinder blocks per day... thank you to all that made donations to help us complete this project......

Monday, November 14, 2011

UPATE ON CINDER BLOCK PLANT --- CHABIN










This has been a long time in the making but finally starting to take shape... the rock crusher is in place at the plant and it is working great.. our new gravel truck is picking up rock to run through the crusher... we sell the finished product locally... this will take place till our equipment has been mounted... we have all the equipment on site but our skid steer is down and we haven't been able to find any equipment that is able to pick up and put in place the cement mixer and the block press... this hopefully will happen soon as we are waiting for parts for the skid steer... thank you to each that have made the project come together... will post updates on the other equipment as soon as it is in operation... Thank you for making a difference... one load of sand at a time.......

Monday, October 31, 2011

HEALTHCARE UPDATE....













We are pleased to announce two Doctors have come along side to work with us in Haiti...  Dr. K. Pierce and his wife Diane who is a nurse have a clinic in our Kabic location.....www.haitibaby.org and www.surfhaiti.org....
   
 Dr. T. Keenan.... we have a link on our web site ... www.haitivillagehealth.ca 



Both of these Doctors and their projects are a division of Lifeline Haiti and will be doing their fund raising through our office in Lethbridge with the tax receipts coming from our umbrella organization... Bridges of Hope..

Please if you have a burden for the health of the families in Haiti please send a donation to our office made out to Lifeline Haiti putting a note with it directing it to either Dr. Tiffany Keenen or Dr. Ken Pierce...

For the Doctors & Nurses that want to go over for a short term mission to help these Doctors... please contact Jessica at our office and she will co-ordinate at this end and Ruth will co-ordinate at the Haiti side...

BOAT HELPS TO KEEP SCHOOL OPEN










We want to give a big thank you to Lis and her family for raising funds to purchase this boat and motor.. you may ask how this will help... the Pastor from the Anse-a-Pitres school will fish and the proceeds from the fishing will help us keep the school open... also it will be used to transport supplies and people from Jacmel with a 2 hr. boat ride rather than a 10 hour truck ride...Anse-a-Pitres is locate at the bottom right of the country on the Dominican boarder... thanks again for making a difference... Bob & Linda

Friday, October 28, 2011

MacKenzie Porter Benefit Concert




Thank you MacKenzie for lending your voice for the children of Haiti...What a great evening!!!
A big THANK YOU to all who attended in making this a very successful evening...
Proceeds will help in the expansion of the coffee plantation.....Once again
"thank you" for your continued support...... Bob & Linda

Monday, October 17, 2011

MAKING A DIFFERENCE ONE CUP OF COFFEE AT A TIME



just an update about fund raising through our coffee sales...

You will love the quality and flavor of this amazing coffee roasted up by one of the best Master Roasters in Canada.

We have a new blend out called Pappy's Blend ...

We sell this at fund raising events and through some of the schools... we also have locations in Medicine Hat, Calgary, Eastend, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan along with Abbotsford, B.C.


We also sell our coffee in the Co-op stores and Sobey's in Medicine Hat... all are labeled CREEKSIDE COFFEE

CALGARY.... Bodo Store at the Cross Iron Mills Mall

MEDICINE HAT... Posh Wash,..... Cash & Carry Carpets

Eastend, Saskatchewan... Shannon's Closet

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ... you can order through me via e-mail and we will get it
to you... lifelinehaiti@gmail.com

Abbotsford, B.C. ... you can also order through me and I can get it to you for those
at the west coast..

THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE ... ONE CUP AT A TIME.....

Bob & Linda

Friday, October 7, 2011

On the road...


Linda and I will be on the road with meetings in Manitoba and Saskatchewan over the next week... University of Winnipeg and a Missions Conference in Swift Current... Bob & Linda

Update from team members


one of our teams into Haiti.... Garry & Kelly report..

WOW. What an amazing continuation of the story in Haiti. Over a year ago I was there a few weeks after the earthquake and amazed at what I saw. Lives lost, homes shattered, families obliterated and yet the people had a resolve to go on. I had never been exposed to a culture so poor in wealth before, never mind one that had experienced such devastation. I went there to help but found their resiliency and desire to rebuild and go forward encouraged me. Now after going a little more than a year later, the hearts and efforts of all the people through lifeline have made changes I wouldn't have thought possible. Little children that were starving and playing in muddy , garbage filled streets and that were dying of disease and starvation are laughing and playing in school yards and playgrounds that didn't exist before. The orphanage my wife and I stayed at had about 30 children there and I think half of them were preschool. I asked the head of the orphanage how many of them would have died had there not been intervention. He thought for a minute and replied that probably all of them except for a couple. I wish all of you that have supported this orphanage through Lifeline Haiti could see what your support has done. We talked to junior high and high school students that were just trying to survive a year ago and now are being clothed and fed and educated. Their eyes sparkle as they share their dreams of someday becoming teachers and mechanics and lawyers. It is not just life changing. It's life saving. Like Bob Davisson always says. 'changing one life at a time'. There is so much more to be done but there are also miracles being done every day as we in North America continue to change lives