Three years ago I came on as Executive Director for Equipping Leaders Internationally. It is inspiring to see how your partnership with us has made a profound impact on lives in Haiti and Peru during this time. It has been another great year seeing lives changed.
We want to give a special thanks to Donna Higgins who over the past 11 years has volunteered her non-profit accounting expertise to our organization. Her service will be missed and we wish her the best.
Enjoy reading the reports from Alex and Hudson for Haiti and Peru below and see how you are helping to make a difference.
The young people pictured have been given an opportunity to change
their outcome in life because of your support of ELI Projects.
They now have professional skills, started businesses,
and received college education because of you!
2014 was another special year where God opened up our eyes and our hearts towards those in need at the Orphanage “Hogar de Esperanza” as well as in “Elim” the Landfill village. We made two trips this year with a total of 19 volunteers. Here is our year in review! We continued to finish the home and “Bodega” (small grocery store) for Marcos and his family providing building expansion, security, and business supply needs. This home and bodega will be part of their family for generations to come.
Hogar de Esperanza was lacking in food for the kids. We were blessed to not only fill their pantry, but also fund the expansion of their kitchen making it easier for them to teach the children how to cook increasing job opportunities in the future.
Thirdly, we spent time with the landfill village. We worshipped, did bible study, and of course played some soccer in the glass littered “field”. We continue to help provide necessary materials to this ministry. Additionally, we helped many families providing them with a roof, doors, windows, paint, clothing, medical supplies, food and even educational and spiritual support.
I would like to thank the people who have come with me to serve God this past year. They were amazing trips and doing fellowship and serving with these individuals was a wonderful experience; and I know that the families and children of Hogar de Esperanza and Elim feel the same way. - Alex
“The home and bodega will be part
of their family for generations to come.”
Dear friends, Your support is helping us to: take care of the sick and have no other mean to go to a doctor, feed and educate children abandoned by parents because they cannot provide for them, teach a skill to the young people so that they may have employment, stand with communities in face of natural disasters. In all that we do, we are showing them God’s love for them and win them for his HIS KINGDOM.
EDUCATION: We feed 4,220 kids daily from 23 institutions. This is to keep the kids in school. By helping the schools to keep up, we are not only giving education to the kids, but also, create employment by keeping teachers in their jobs. Each school has from 5 to 10 teachers.
Our challenge now is to find sponsors for 210 kids who are in great difficulties to attend school. $180 can sponsor a kid to go to school for one year and the kid gets a meal here too (usually their only one for the day). This is not just sending the kid to a school, but make sure that the kid has a good education to pass the state exams and learn Biblical principles to apply in life.
VOCATION: Our dressmaking, plumbing and masonry classes have started. Our goal this year is to start a boutique equipped with sewing materials to provide employment. This also provide school uniforms for students of need (many have their own children who need these uniforms). For masonry and plumbing and taxi driving, we continue to train and provide job placement. Also, last month we presented certifications to 14 students who completed our medical first aid program and are working in the community of Milot.
RELIEF: Our water relief program has recently made great impact the community of Charier Cabassa. With the water tank destroyed, some residence started out their morning at 4AM to get water only to return home seven hours later with none. You helped us buy water trucks to distribute water in the villages; meeting needs closer to the peoples’ homes until the repairs were made to the water supply.
Thanks for your prayers and you continuous financial support. In HIS service - Hudson
Project highlights since 2012
Microsoft & Global Giving matching grant campaign for Haitian Construction School.
Financially sustainable Haitian Construction School started through truck purchase. Lives of many young men now changed including an orphan named Jeffly who was known as “cockroach” in the community, but has a new name now: “Boss,” a name given to those who have a trade skill.
Commercial oven purchased to help a 25 year old Vanessa start a catering business in Peru. She is doing very well nearly 2 years later!
Computer Room created for Orphanage Hogar De Esperanza providing additional education and skills to the orphans there.
A gift of $130 to Junior, a 19 year old improv rapper, to record his first CD turned into instant notoriety with radio plays, TV interviews, and entertainment for a political campaign. The Mayor of Alto Trujillo saw the ambition in Junior and gave him a 4 year scholarship to a private university!
Support of Stephany and Brent at the Elim landfill ministry through bibles, furniture, and permanent water filtration systems. Provided families with outings get away from the landfill.
Elim Medical Campaign giving every child and parent of the landfill their first ever medical, dental, and eye exams.
Built and provided seed capital for a home/bodega for Marcus and his family with two children.
Supported new entrepreneurs Alexander and Hector in their Alfajores pastry business with a commercial oven and helping them obtain licensing and registration protection for their product.
Clothing and food supplies to Nuevos Pasos Orphanage.
Mission teams to Peru twice a year to love on the children and families. These have had profound impacts on both sides and has resulted in adoptions from Peru, medical training to Peruvians, changed college majors from volunteers, and extended service stays at the orphanage.