Dear Friends of the What If? Foundation,
It is with gratitude and hope that we share with you the What If? Foundation’s 2010 Annual Report. (Click here to download the report.) We are still amazed at all our Haitian partners have been able to accomplish since the earthquake. Please take a few moments to read the enclosed report, knowing that your generosity has played a large part in facilitating the many miracles that have taken place in the Tiplas Kazo neighborhood of Port-au-Prince.
“Lespwa Fe Viv” … Hope Makes Life!
During our visit to Haiti last month, we were inspired to witness great hope amidst all the suffering. We saw hope in the faces of the children, as they received their plates of hot nutritious food. We heard hope in the voices of the students who shared how much the opportunity to get an education (and thus move toward a better future) means to them. We witnessed hope in the children who are already excited about summer camp. And we felt hope alongside our Haitian partners, who are doing all they can to support and encourage the girls and boys amidst the ongoing challenges of life in the community.
In recent months, the number of children coming to the food program has started to decrease. Some families have moved away from neighborhood tent camps, but the cooking team is still serving about 1,800 meals each weekday. The education team is also working hard, supporting 212 young people with school scholarships and 243 students in the after-school programs while finalizing plans for summer camp. The quotes that you’ll read on the back page of the annual report affirm what a powerful difference your gifts are making in the lives of these children.
Slow but steady progress on the building project
As you know, the new priest of St. Clare’s has expressed his desire to use the rectory solely for housing. We had hoped by now to be able to share with you estimates of what it will cost to relocate the programs to the land we purchased a year ago. But the building process in Port-au-Prince remains extremely slow and complicated. Thankfully, while in Haiti, we obtained a lot of useful information about construction and necessary next steps. Our focus right now is to identify a builder who will build an earthquake- and hurricane-resistant structure for the food program using sustainable materials and employing Haitian workers. In addition, as you will read in the annual report, we’ve begun exciting, preliminary discussions with our Haitian partners about the possibility of building a school on the land. We look forward to writing you with more information about construction plans in the months ahead.
We are so deeply grateful for your continuing support, which allows us to sustain the food and education programs while moving forward toward our vision for building on the new land. Thank you for all you do to help spread the word about our work, for your encouragement, and for your prayers.
With love and hope,
Margaret, Caitlin and Pamela
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