In January 2010, the whole world was touched by a major earth quake that struck Haiti with a devastating blow especially in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. It was reported that the quake killed more than 200,000 and left more than a million people homeless, many of whom were children. American Christians and others from around the world felt the call to help. In March 2011, a total of 10 American construction workers from Frankfort, KY, traveled to Port-au-Prince to help the Florida Baptist Children Homes “Rebuild Haiti Project” to build block houses to help Haitian families have a better and safer place to live.
While in Port-au-Prince, the KY construction team with the help of Brother Bill Shepherd was introduced to 50 homeless Haitian orphans living on a dirt lot, eating one meal a day of beans and rice, drinking contaminated water, and sleeping on uneven two by four boards with no padding. Every member of the team was moved to make a commitment to do something to help these precious children as well as other Haitian children in despair. God called and 10 American Christians responded.
The first action taken by the team was to form a non-profit foundation certified by the IRS called Children First: Love & Hope, Inc. Three years later an orphanage supported by the Foundation has met the Haitian standards for orphanage licensing. The name of the orphanage is Christian Covenant Home (CCH) Orphanage located in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. The orphanage will serve 70 children ranging in ages 2 to 17.
With God’s blessings, financial support from Americans Christians, and dedicated voluntary mission workers, the orphanage is providing the children, love and hope they so desperately need and deserve. They now have running water, purified drinking water, showers, flush toilets, electricity, full-time nurse, school with qualified teachers, nutritious food prepared on a propane gas stove, refrigeration, new beds, mattresses, and bed clothing.
From the very beginning the Foundation Board of Directors set two very important goals:
Meeting the first goal was essential to be able to meet the second goal. The CCH Orphanage is licensed and will become involved in the Haitian child adoption process. Praise God.
The history and successes of the Children First ministry in Haiti is laced with the blessings from our Heavenly Father. “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27