Hi, friends! April here. It’s been several months since we’ve updated but things are still pushing along!
We were in Haiti in March and you wouldn’t believe how Feeding Hope has grown. We now serve meals to 220 children per day! We were very excited to be able to reward our cooks monetarily and with new clothes & shoes on this past trip. They deserve every bit of recognition. I wish everyone could see how hard they work. We were also able to do a shoe distribution thanks to many generous donors to Zanmi Project, our partner in South Carolina. We gave out about 100 pairs of shoes and many little ones went away very happy with their new kicks.
Several groups have visited and loved on the children at Feeding Hope since March. The kids welcomed the Clemson Tigers football team in June. Here’s a video they put together after their visit to Haiti. You may recognize some familiar faces on Day 4!
Just recently, my friend Pam (my roommate on my first trip to Haiti in 2012) visited with Soles4Souls. She shared some beautiful photos that I’m going to share with you!
We shared last year that our program had moved to another location nearby. This was always intended to be a temporary move until we had the resources to purchase a piece of property directly across the street. As many in the non-profit world know, fundraising is a full time job! Unfortunately, the time needed has been really hard to come by lately. I wanted to share something personal that some may not know. My mother is currently going through aggressive chemo treatments for Multiple Myeloma. She recently learned she was no longer in remission and like cancer often does, it steals your time, your energy and your joy. Needless to say, I have been overwhelmed with emotion and working with our board to keep everything afloat. Fundraising has been tough, though. Feeding Hope requires a lot of attention and dedication, after all, over 200 children are depending on us! Our intention is to move into our own space very soon. It’s so important for us to have a permanent home. We promise that we haven’t given up on that dream. Some dreams just take longer to achieve.
SO… let’s get to the numbers!!
MEALS SERVED MARCH – JUNE: 19,140
TOTAL MEALS SERVED TO DATE – 136,816!!
This is made possible by many partnerships and lots of dedicated donors. We’re so thankful for the support!!