Tony B reports from Haiti (unedited)
Thanks to God and to your prayer, Hurricane Irma did not hit Haiti too bad. Irma did not pass directly on Haiti last night but passed near by northern coastal side of Haiti caused some damages in term of flooding, damage of plantation, houses, and landslide in northern regions like Ounaminthe, Cap-Haitian, Port-de-Paix. no death and few injured people reported.
see pix of the bridge and the river of Croix-des-Missions, PAP, Haiti taken this morning after Irma passage.
continue praying for other countries that are menaced by Irma.
Star of Hope will leave donations to the Irma hurricane relief in the disaster fund or use for feeding in Haiti.
FROM THE HURRICANE PATH
Many have heard and asked how the situation is in Haiti with Hurricane Irma's arrival. We called Myrtha Dor, the director of Star of Hope in Haiti, who reported the following:
The government has closed all schools in the north.
All our project managers are contacted and our schools will be used as a place of refuge.
The Star of Hope schools at risk of the disaster are mainly those in Boyer and Jeanton. Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Haiti soon!
Please be with us in Prayers for our children, families, and projects.
Use a cell phone to text in any donation or become a fundraiser
Thank you for your help.
Myrtha Dor Country Manager Star of Hope
#starofhope #starofhopeus #starofhopeusa #irma #hurricane #fund
Our prayers go out to Houston and the victims of the flooding.
Many have asked if we are collecting for the efforts and the answer is no, we do not work in the USA however if you are having trouble deciding who to give to please do your research.
Here are some tips from #huffingtonpost:
1. The IRS Nonprofit Charities Database has a tool called “The Exempt Organizations Select Check Tool”. This tool allows you to enter the name of an organization and see if the organization is exempt or not. It is important to verify that an organization that claims to have a 501(c)(3) tax exemption is actually exempt. If the organization is not exempt, your donation will not be tax-deductible.
2. Charity Navigator rates charities based on their financial health, accountability, and transparency to help donors make informed decisions about their contributions. #CharityNavigator has evaluated over 8,000 tax-exempt charities. If your chosen organization is not included, you should be sure to find out why.
3. #GuideStar maintains information on 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Financial documents, such as the 990, help you evaluate the legitimacy of an organization. The 990 discloses where and how an organization’s donations are spent, including the earnings of top officers. All nonprofits are required to have up-to-date 990’s available to the public. If an organization does not have this info readily available or is not forthcoming if you request it from them, you may want to reconsider your donation.
Also please Pray:
For the safety of those in the path of #HurricaneHarvey.
For the many people, churches, and families affected by this hurricane as they face an unknown future.
Some organizations that I feel you should look and decide for yourself are:
The Greater Houston Community Foundation @greaterhoucf https://ghcf.org/
EFCA ReachGlobal Crisis Response @TheEFCA https://go.efca.org/
Star of Hope Mission (unaffiliated with star of hope us) @StarOfHope www.sohmission.org
Good Church Houston https://www.goodchurch.us/
What we do for the children means so much and at times it means life.
Consider water for a moment. It is life giving, it takes relatively little to produce too just some capital, some know how, a truck or two and an engaged community.Look at how it works.
For example look at these results just in, Star of Hope has been part of bringing water to more people. Water is talked about so much in all circles of life because it is also the solution to sanitation and hygiene problems in the developing world. Not only life-giving but life sustaining and improving! Together we have helped make great strides to improve the quality of life for the people of Hesse Haiti.
Before we drilled in Hesse it was common to see a long line at the old pumps. The old pumps were spring fed and gave little water and often ran dry. One would see people waiting at the old spring well with empty buckets in hand, so sad to see the fear that the well would run dry.
In the effort to make drinking water available and abundant in the whole community of Hesse, Star of Hope’s plans were to dig four water wells, the wells were planned and dug in four different areas in Hesse. With no real road infrastructure, it was a great challenge just to get the big trucks to the community. To get the trucks on site, people living in the community contributed with labor and made it possible for the trucks to drive up. They were about one hundred men and women who came with picks and shovels, with big smiles on their faces they worked and they sang and it was a commotion when all the tools hit the rocky ground of the old donkey road. They cleared the way for the big trucks to get in. One collective goal on the people's minds, “find water”.
As some farmers lost their new beans crops to drought, they were very happy and excited to get the wells done.
It took the big machines five days to dig four wells in different areas in the community. Water was found in two wells. The population of Hesse was very happy and grateful for this new gift, soon available as the pumps and cement holding pads are being installed right now.
People sang, danced and praised God for and asked for blessings on Star of Hope and all the sponsors who contributed to bringing drinking water in Hesse community.
The population in Hesse is still talking about water that Star of Hopes donors made possible for them.
What a blessing you have been, real change has been created for the Hesse community.
Rich Blessings and thank you for making this happen, for bringing water to the people of Hesse.
Update 8 2017 WE NEED MORE FUNDS TO DRILL MORE WELLS. WATER WE BELIEVE IS A BASIC RIGHT.
WHY GIVE SOMETHING UP
Why start a paragraph with the topic of resentment, well it is one thing that will happen if you're asked to give something up, even to help another person. Some say it is also a defense mechanism or even a fear. This chatter is found all over the internet, yes even a US congressman suggested recently that some of the less affluent members of society should give up their telephones. That thought was met with vigorous speech both for and against his opinion. It is so easy for all to think "this or that and post a comment" then boom, it's out there, all this chatter positive, negative, and all in between. You can imagine, the poor with phones were against giving them up and resented the congressman's statement.
Another example of this right now in the United States is Healthcare. Health care is a multifaceted problem with multifaceted solutions from hundreds of thousands of people who at most think this and that about the magical solution, most of those solutions involve some element of people being asked to give something up. Nobody likes to give anything up, especially when it comes to their health or their families health care. I believe, not very many people will be happily on board to give something up, to help the common good. Yes, there is an opposite element but not proportionately large.
Let's go over the top. Let's talk about giving a pint of blood. What would it take for you to give up a pint of blood? A blood drive, a friend, or would it take something like a critically wounded person lying bleeding on your lawn or in your living room and the emergency personnel screaming we need a pint of blood to save this person. I wonder who would give sooner, or later, or neither.
I guess the same argument and a similar visualization could be used for food and education.
We don't have a good visual for a child who never went to school. Sometimes we need a stronger message, we need someone to paint the image of the child. For children who missed an education, I say, that might of been the person to cure cancer or the one to invent clean energy. Sometimes I think that one might have brought democracy and freedom or better yet the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Then, I have often wondered why it's so much easier for a child to give something up than for an adult. My name is Mark Presson, I am the CEO for Star of Hope I can write and say this because I have traveled and met people and seen the reactions.
I've been talking to groups, youth, adult, children, and families and I see and experience that children give easier than adults. I never take any donation from a child unless of course their parents are there and want to do a lesson of the giving, yet you would be amazed at how many children would give up the $2 in their pocket that they were going to use for candy or ice cream and give it to me after I have shared with them about how little children have it in some of the poorest places on our planet.
The children I am speaking of have no resentment whatsoever; these children are full of emotion with joy and want to give from their heart. Were we all like that once?
Yes, we have grown used to hearing the critic's voice, it is easy for the critic to be heard, (thank you internet), some say, “shall I give to these non-profits with super inflated salaries" or we hear “let me tell you I am broke and I take care of mine only" and then some just say "...good for you Star of Hope and Good luck" but we are not giving now.
People who give, specifically adults, who give by choice are usually happier people than most. I did not say more affluent, more important or simply richer; no, they are just happier. It is proven that those who give of their time, talent or treasure are happier, fact.
From blood to coffee: a study done last year showed that the average America spends close to $1,000 on coffee per year per person. That is an incredible amount of money and I don't know if I believe that number, but it’s one we can work with and think about if we or you could perhaps go without a coffee.
I wonder, can we give up a few coffee drinks under a short specified time and do something fantastic with that money. Yes!, I used the money word! Just like a small amount of blood can save the one who needs blood and also the same thing could be said about the small amount of cash from foregone snacks, candy, chips, coca-cola, an entertainment expense. Yes, we probably all spend a lot more than we think we do.
I feel the huge "elephant in the room" in the USA with money is of course retirement and we are not talking about that, however, a close second with all people is trying to get an iron grip on the amount of their discretionary spending. Generally speaking, we're not very careful with our personal discretionary spending and that is the money I want to talk to you about right now as it is often 2, 3, or 5 times more than we "feel" it was or is, but of course, if and when we look at the credit card or check statement we just shake our heads and say hmm or worse.
I want your help with the allocation of a small amount of your discretionary spending, specifically the part that comes from you "giving something up in partnership with no resentment". I do not want your 10% tithe, I don't want your paycheck, I do not want your boat or that old hot rod or other gifts and there is a reason why.
A small portion of your discretionary (think voluntary) spending can change a life, It can educate, heal, build, share, care and more. All the small amounts when put together make a huge force of change.
There are people who need your help and you can help them very simply by giving up an indulgence, a movie, or dinner out. It will make you stronger too. This inner strength comes from a project that will support you. It is called (Skip it to Give it) or #skipittogiveit. “Skip it to Give it” happens for two weeks in October and you can do it individually, in your family, or a group.
I am asking you the question, will you let a coffee or a snack take the role of "life changing for a child in need?" Please then take a look at the campaign page, see who and what your coffee, candy, snack, dinner cash will do and then ask yourself when you're finished looking at the page and the video that explained all things about the campaign “why not, why can't my family give something up for 2 weeks and help somebody? Pretend they are bleeding in your living room and then ask "will I help"?
Join "Skip it to Give it" here.
Thank you and Rich Blessings to you and yours!
Get the package here!
Mark Presson CEO
Did you hear how easy it is to Skip it?
We are doing this!
Did you know, it is simple to be a part of "Skip it to Give it".
It takes place over a 2-week period. October 16-29 is suggested but any 2-week period is fine.
People are encouraged to give up a daily item for 2 weeks and instead put the money they saved into the provided envelope.
People are encouraged to increase prayer for the people of Haiti for the 2 weeks.
Envelopes are collected and returned to Star of Hope.
You then receive updates from Star of Hope about how your money was used to help the Haitians.
Do not delay sign up your group now, it is going to be great!
You can't imagine how happy Star of Hope Haiti was when they found out that some children from Great Bend Kansas were able to supply them with 4000 seedlings to reforest much-needed Countryside in Haiti. The planting will occur in the mountain village of Bois Negresse. They suffered a forest fire and it destroyed part of the forest. Now the planting will be done by our sponsored children and forest workers.
We thank Grace Community Church VBS 2017 for raising enough money to plant 4000 trees and we also want to thank the donor who anonymously doubled the gift.
The Children at Grace during VBS 2017 heard about the situation of children in Haiti, deforestation and the need for trees. New trees will hinder an even larger problem.
They also decorated stars to send to children at Star of Hope project in Bois Negresse, Haiti.
Star of Hope has been working in Haiti for almost 40 years, with help from people like you, we support; 7 churches, 7 schools, and 3 children's homes. Haiti has suffered more than its fair share of natural disasters over the years so these trees will really help protect the countryside and will teach the children good stewardship of their natural resources. So again thank you very much to each and one of you who has donated to this wonderful project. If your VBS or Youth group would like to help with trees in Haiti please contact us via info@starofhope or call us on 866 653 0321.
Another way to get involved with your group is to join #skipittogiveit this is a new fun way to get groups involved in helping. Look at the Campaign here.
Thank you from Star of Hope