"What started as an opportunity to walk across the road and share some candy with a little Haitian girl, is when it hit me! The realization of just how urgent the needs of this country are."
Stock photo, (c)Dennis Thern. Star of Hope
The above was blogged by Nancy Wetig a current StarTeam member and it seems she has had a grand realization.
Right now a Star Team is in Haiti we invite you to follow along; read the blogs here. If you like you can share the Tweets on @starteams1 Great Bend, Wichita and other places are represented.
We call all are trips "StarTeams" and each has usually a different priority that is pre prescribed by the local management in Haiti. I have never met a returning Star Team member who did not have a changed heart and a new perspective on his or her local life and personal place in life. Perhaps you have thought about participating on a "mission trip" well a great place to start is to follow one digitally then if moved you can contact us or even read more about StarTeams.
The current team is not close to any internet so the photos will follow later in this article are stock photos of the same projects visited.
The REZA show was a great success with over 500 people in attendance. We are so happy that Reza chose Star of Hope to work with in Great Bend and we are so happy that everyone was amazed by the 2 hour world class show.
We received many new sponsors for our school in Marigot Haiti and that is good news since the school is in danger of being closed if we cannot find sponsors. Now we are closer to our goal of keeping the school open.
Barry Borror CEO Star of Hope and Reza
We still need 312 new sponsors to keep the school in Marigot Haiti open and ask you to consider if you can help with one dollar a day? Yes, one dollar a day can break the chains of poverty.
A trade school in Nam Qom was started in the early 1980's, with the aim of strengthening people from the indigenous Toba people group. Armed with a profession, the ability to support themselves and their families, as well as a stronger position and a voice in society can help the students get involved in fighting the discrimination and marginalization the Toba have long suffered.
In our vocational school, we train; hairdressers, masons and electricians. Local demand and needs determine what courses are held. During 2011-2012, we trained bakers, chefs, and various types of craftsmen and women.
Star of Hope in Argentina
In Argentina, Star of Hope works primarily with educating children belonging to indigenous Toba (a.k.a. Qom) people group. The children and their families living in the Chaco province, about 800 miles north of the capital Buenos Aires; also just south of Paraguay. The goal is to give these children, who often grow up in poverty and exclusion, a good start in life through education, food and health care. Most important though is their access to Christian teachings and support for their walk.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 March 2013 14:24 )
Kansas Star Team builds 80 trusses in Haiti
Strengthening of the roof in Jeanton has been going on now for three days. Four strong men from Kansas USA are to thank for the work. They came Saturday evening and Sunday morning, right after having breakfast they took the road to Jeanton to verify and study the best way they can accomplish the work; safe and quick. When they came back from Jeanton Sunday afternoon, they grabbed their tools at the Star of Hope factory and make eighty 80 trusses (80!) to reinforce the roof's existing structure.
Monday morning, well equipped with the 80 trusses, 1400 hurricane ties, screws, nails, ladders and all the materials needed, they loaded their car and headed to Jeanton. The administrative building was the starting point of the work followed by the elementary school building. School was in session and for each classroom the team was working on, the children were very happy to help by moving their own chairs and tables out of the way and waited outside for the team to finish before moving back. The roof reinforcement work is needed in the school building to stand the storms and wind that come with hurricane season. Star of Hope Haiti is so blessed and happy to receive a group of competent men from Kansas who have made solid and appreciated improvements.
Rick's beard had magnetic properties.
The work day is from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with only 1 break; their lunch. However the men took time after their lunch breaks to interact with the children showing them how to play American Football and Frisbee. They also spoil the kids by given them candy and toys. The children were very happy when they were able to be close to the visitors and most happy to get a handful of Rick's beard.
After 3 days the roofing work is accomplished, so is some repairs in the church and Star of Hope Haiti with all students, teachers and parents are thanking this team who came and supported our work in this community all while paying their own expenses from Kansas. We are very grateful for that.
As they have 2 more days to spend with us; tomorrow they will be visiting our work in Boyer and then on Friday, before leaving they will visit the children in Carrefour's orphanage.
Hear me supporter of our work, besides of your financial contributions that we are sincerely thankful for, we are also asking for your prayers in order for this team to have a safe return to their family.
Myrtha Dor, Director, Star of Hope, Haiti
Enjoy this slide show from the Star Team!
Four strong men from Kansas: Barry Parker, Bob Baker, Conrad Bates, Rick Scoles
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:00 )
Reza will dazzle Great Bend and you.
Will You be in the Great Bend, Kansas Area, Sunday March 10? Reza will!
Sunday March 10th Star of Hope presents Rezalive at the Crest Theater, downtown Great Bend. Reza is an illusionist, but don't expect rabbits being pulled out of hats. This show is electric and will dazzle. Suitable for all ages it is sure to be enjoyed by all.
The big plus? The children in Marigot, Haiti will benefit from this event! Their school is in danger of being closed due to lack of funding. Simply by buying a ticket and attending this event, you can help prevent that from happening.
Tickets are available now at Perks Coffee Shoppe, Everything Under the Son and the Star of Hope office in Ellinwood. Group rates are available, call (620) 564-3355 for more information or to order tickets over the phone.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:22 )
ST13-01 Leaves Snow for Palm Trees
Central Kansas has more than 12 inches of snow on the ground. The four men making up StarTeam13-01 will leave their homes and families at 3am Saturday for Haiti.
These men will work on the school builidngs in Jeanton, Haiti. While they are only gone for a week, they leave their families behind to give of their money, time and themselves. They bring such encouragement to the people of Jeanton and our Star of Hope Haiti staff.
They will become the gift!
Two more teams are scheduled for Haiti this year. They could use your help for materials they will use on their trips. Your gift will allow them accomplish more and reach more kids.