Welcome to CCI’s newest humanitarian aid and child sponsorship program! Join us as we work together with Pastor Ezequiel Batista and his ministry, OEIDIH, to touch the lives of Haitian orphans!
The ministry of OEIDIH is extensive, reaching orphanages and people outside of just their walls. In addition to maintaining their own orphanage, El Jardin de Eden, they also support many struggling families, street children, and community projects, as well as other orphanages as they need assistance. We have seen with our own eyes the potential that the OEIDIH ministry holds, and we know there are many more people that would benefit from additional support. The children that currently live at Ezequiel’s orphanage have touched our hearts deeply as we witnessed their strong character, love for each other, burning hearts to know God more, and the influence they have already made in rebuilding their community in Port-au-Prince.
Please feel free to ask us any questions you have about this program and the progress that has resulted from your support. We have a fluid and open communication with Pastor Ezequiel and his family and hope to connect you, as well as other groups, churches, and organizations, with them as well. This program is only just beginning but we hope to grow in our relationship with OEIDIH through additional trips, sponsorship, and donations that we invite you to be a part of as well! Our prayer is that you too will gain the love and respect that we already have for them.
You can direct any questions to Julie@celebratechildren.org and she will be happy to talk to you.
BIBLE Christmas project!!
CCI is currently preparing for our January Humanitarian Aid trip to Haiti. The children of Haiti were asked what they wanted most for themselves and instead of toys, clothing or even food, their answer was they wanted their very own Bible. Amazed by this simple request and hunger for God’s Word, CCI has set out to honor their requests. Would you consider donating toward the cost of one Creole Bible? The purchase price is $7.50 USD, but any amount will be helpful! Donate what you can, be it a penny or $1,000. Every donation is useful in God’s Kingdom! We will be purchasing the Bibles in Haiti, which will also help support their local economy. To donate using Paypal, please use this button:
Sponsor A Child
CCI offers child sponsorship through two orphanages and a related community ministry.
Click here to sponsor a child through the OEIDIH Orphanage
Click here to sponsor a child in the Port-au-Prince Community
Click here to sponsor a child through the Le Phare Orphanage
In response to the education crisis in Haiti in which less than 20% of children go to school, and the statistic being even lower for orphans, OEIDIH Ministries recently started their own school which began in August 2013. Sponsoring one of these children will help the orphanage better provide enough food AS WELL AS maintaining the ability to continue their school to educate the children to be better prepared for their future!
Camp for Hatian Orphans
Along with providing for the children’s physical needs, OEIDIH strives to meet their emotional needs to instill in them the confidence to succeed in life. Camp began out of their desire to allow orphaned children to meet kids from other orphanages that have similar stories, and together could help each other heal through their new found friendships. In July 2013, the 1st annual OEIDIH Camp was a success in uniting 350 children from 25 different orphanages together!!!
We are always looking for volunteers of all ages to be a part of this camp every summer. Activities include games, crafts, skits, music, worship, and Bible stories. We expect even more children and orphanages to be a part of Camp in the Summer of 2014, and if you are interested in participating or would like more information, please email email@example.com
How CCI Became Involved
In the past, CCI has facilitated adoptions from Haiti. In total, we helped 71 children join their forever families, including 49 children who were in process when the January 2010 earthquake forever changed the face of Haiti. While a variety of circumstances led to CCI’s decision to discontinue adoptions in Haiti, our heart never left the children there.
CCI’s newest humanitarian aid and child sponsorship program, Haiti, actually “started” a long time ago when our director traveled to Haiti to visit the children being adopted at that time. As an English speaking person who is also fluent in Spanish, her ears perked up when she heard someone speaking Spanish in the lobby of the hotel where she was staying. It was then that CCI first met Pastor Ezequiel and began developing a friendship with this amazing man of God.
Recently, Pastor Ezequiel, a Cuban native who has become a missionary to the orphans in Haiti through his organization OEIDIH, visited the United States. On his trip to the U.S., Pastor Ezequiel visited CCI’s office and we were touched by the stories he carries within his heart from Haiti. As an agency who has conducted humanitarian aid in various countries, he came to us seeking advice and direction on how to garnish support for the orphans he serves in the orphanage he runs, in the earthquake-torn community outside the orphanage, and–in fact–in the other orphanages he assists with his leadership and joint faith in God.
Little did he, or even we, know that his visit would lead to our staff member, Julie Hedberg, and a team of her friends making a trip to Haiti. Through their time there, they came to understand the extreme needs, and even more so, the unselfish love that Pastor Ezekiel gives to the children of Haiti. It became clear that CCI needed to do more and out of this trip, a new child sponsorship and humanitarian aid program is growing. Will you join us in making a difference to last a lifetime? If so, sponsor a child, donate or contact Julie today to find out how you can help!
To connect with OEIDIH on Facebook visit: https://www.facebook.com/ForANewHaiti
Be sure to like CCI’s Facebook page to keep up with all of CCI’s Haiti Humanitarian Aid and other news!
Haiti Quick Facts (from CNN): http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/17/world/americas/haiti-fast-facts/