Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pestel Update

Greetings everyone,

It has been a LONG time since I used this email distribution list to provide updates about Thriving Villages.   There are some very important updates:

Since Hurricane Matthew the situation in Pestel has turned dire.  Pestel was in the direct line of the hurricane.  The destruction of livestock, housing, and the environment (e.g. fruit trees, crops) has been enormous.  The mangroves (think:  fish nurseries) appear to have been destroyed as well.  

Cholera (a deadly vomiting/diarrheal infectious disease) has broken out again in Pestel since the flooding has washed the cholera bacteria all over the place.  Yesterday's devastating report was that there are 125 active cases of cholera with 12 deaths since the hurricane.

We have been reaching out to a lot of organizations that might respond to the disaster in Haiti.  Obviously they are all busy.  But we have heard from some of them, and yesterday we received the most wonderful report that UNICEF (UN's children's fund) arrived in Pestel with cholera response supplies!!!  You can read the article here which mentions Dr. Seneque (misnamed Dr. Cedec).  https://blogs.unicef.org/blog/fighting-cholera-after-hurricane-matthew/ 
This is an incredibly awesome answer to prayer!!!!


Sister Fidelis and Dr. Paat will be flying down with a medical team today to Haiti to try to reach Pestel.  Miriam Frederick and a team is heading out to Pestel today.  Please pray for the safety of all!!!

We are in contact with a couple of Disaster Relief organizations to try to encourage them to engage in Pestel.  Please pray for a positive response soon. 

We will be posting more information our Facebook page, so please follow along there:  https://www.facebook.com/ThrivingVillages/   We will plan to use the Facebook page as our primary way of communication.  If you would like periodic updates, please let me know and we can send you them by email in batches.


Through Julia Morley we are hoping to re-engage Variety International and other donors on behalf of Pestel.  There are great immediate needs as well as pending, more slow-growing disasters (starvation, lack of water, lack of housing, worsening cholera epidemic).   While we cannot possibly respond to all of these needs, we will try to faithfully do what we can to shine the light on the people of Pestel in their great time of need, and facilitate involvement of organizations who are willing to respond.

Please pray now for the people of Pestel, those who are trying to respond to their great needs both in Haiti and here.  

With a heavy but hopeful heart,
Ben

--
President, Thriving Villages International

Thriving Villages website:  www.thrivingvillages.org
Thriving Villages blog:  http://thrivingvillages.blogspot.com/

"Pay special attention to these issues:
   love for one another;
   absence of desire to be thought of as someone special;
   and the impeccable performance of mundane tasks."  Teresa of Avila

Update on Pestel, Haiti

Greetings everyone,

It has been a LONG time since I used this email distribution list to provide updates about Thriving Villages.   There are some very important updates:

Since Hurricane Matthew the situation in Pestel has turned dire.  Pestel was in the direct line of the hurricane.  The destruction of livestock, housing, and the environment (e.g. fruit trees, crops) has been enormous.  The mangroves (think:  fish nurseries) appear to have been destroyed as well.  

Cholera (a deadly vomiting/diarrheal infectious disease) has broken out again in Pestel since the flooding has washed the cholera bacteria all over the place.  Yesterday's devastating report was that there are 125 active cases of cholera with 12 deaths since the hurricane.

We have been reaching out to a lot of organizations that might respond to the disaster in Haiti.  Obviously they are all busy.  But we have heard from some of them, and yesterday we received the most wonderful report that UNICEF (UN's children's fund) arrived in Pestel with cholera response supplies!!!  You can read the article here which mentions Dr. Seneque (misnamed Dr. Cedec).  https://blogs.unicef.org/blog/fighting-cholera-after-hurricane-matthew/ 
This is an incredibly awesome answer to prayer!!!!


Sister Fidelis and Dr. Paat will be flying down with a medical team today to Haiti to try to reach Pestel.  Miriam Frederick and a team is heading out to Pestel today.  Please pray for the safety of all!!!

We are in contact with a couple of Disaster Relief organizations to try to encourage them to engage in Pestel.  Please pray for a positive response soon. 

We will be posting more information our Facebook page, so please follow along there:  https://www.facebook.com/ThrivingVillages/   We will plan to use the Facebook page as our primary way of communication.  If you would like periodic updates, please let me know and we can send you them by email in batches.


Through Julia Morley we are hoping to re-engage Variety International and other donors on behalf of Pestel.  There are great immediate needs as well as pending, more slow-growing disasters (starvation, lack of water, lack of housing, worsening cholera epidemic).   While we cannot possibly respond to all of these needs, we will try to faithfully do what we can to shine the light on the people of Pestel in their great time of need, and facilitate involvement of organizations who are willing to respond.

Please pray now for the people of Pestel, those who are trying to respond to their great needs both in Haiti and here.  

With a heavy but hopeful heart,
Ben

--
President, Thriving Villages International

Thriving Villages website:  www.thrivingvillages.org
Thriving Villages blog:  http://thrivingvillages.blogspot.com/

"Pay special attention to these issues:
   love for one another;
   absence of desire to be thought of as someone special;
   and the impeccable performance of mundane tasks."  Teresa of Avila

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

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--
President, Thriving Villages International

Thriving Villages website:  www.thrivingvillages.org
Thriving Villages blog:  http://thrivingvillages.blogspot.com/

"Pay special attention to these issues:
   love for one another;
   absence of desire to be thought of as someone special;
   and the impeccable performance of mundane tasks."  Teresa of Avila

Monday, May 18, 2015

Thriving Villages Update

 

Dear Friends of Thriving Villages International,

 

I'm writing to bring you up to date on our activities, and inform you of some significant changes in our current level of activity.   As you may know we had initiated and carried on both advisory and operational responsibilities for several important activities in Pestel, Haiti, over the last five years.  Many of the details can be found on our website:  www.thrivingvillages.org.

 

First, let me give you an update on TVI's activities.

 

*  APPAS – the Community Health Program which employed local Haitians to deliver basic health care, vitamins, and health screening to children in more than 200 remote villages – began in 2010 just after the terrible earthquake in Haiti.  This program operated under a multi-year grant from Variety International, The Children's Charity.

            Status – We have successfully completed the multi-year grant commitment under which we had established and operated a network of community health workers providing various children's health initiatives in the greater Pestel region, reaching over 10,000 children and young women.  This program is dependent upon substantial financial support and also significant operational oversight.

            Upon this grant completion we are seeking other in-country organizations interested in providing the required financial and operational responsibilities.   As this develops we will keep you updated.

 

 

*  Water Project & Well Drilling Initiative  -  Our primary role has been advisory, with projects funded under various gifts.

            Status: After much effort by many individuals and organizations, four unproductive wells were drilled.  Our in-country partner, Water Missions International, determined that the Pestel area was not conducive for further drilling until significant resources become available in Haiti which do not currently exist. 

            GOOD NEWS – An alternative means in providing clean water to families was found in an existing program through the distribution of household ceramic water filters, and we have helped make the connections between the generosity of the Miss World Organization's charity, Beauty With A Purpose, with work being done by Mr. John Ball and his team in the Duchity area of Pestel.   

 

*  Educational Development in Pestel  -  Advisory and various support roles.

            Status:  From the very beginning of our engagement in Pestel, we have supported various important educational initiatives, from supplementing teacher salaries to more recent fund-raising to assist with the completion of a new wing of Pestel's high school.  In fact, our very first fund-raising activity was to purchase doors for a school room and pay a local carpenter to build benches for the children.  Over the years we have found Father Parnel to be an effective educator and leader, and we will continue to provide annual financial support for his efforts as our resources allow.  We view this as a wise and effective investment in the long-term health of Pestel. 

 

Second, I'll mention the significant changes in TVI's operational activity.

 

Being responsible for the operations of the Child Health Campaigns in Haiti and several other related projects has required substantial personal time and commitments over the years, with corresponding pressures on family and professional responsibilities.  With completion of the several grant projects listed above, it is an appropriate time to re-evaluate the "role" that I and TVI should play as we look ahead.  We plan to take a break from program involvement, except for the educational support mentioned above, as we discern our next steps together.

 

We invite your interest and prayers.  Contributions can be directed towards our educational support efforts.

 

This has been a most productive and intense period of my and TVI's activities, and the remarkable opportunities presented bear testimony to God's grace and blessing.   We are deeply grateful for your prayers and support in the past, and request continued prayer as we look to the future.

 

While the numbers have been jaw-dropping (10,000 children and young women reached, 23% anticipated reduction in child death from Vitamin A supplementation, hundreds of children with opportunity to continue their education, thousands of households to have clean water), the individual stories have always held the most sway for us. 

      The teacher who continues to work, both inspiring and educating his classes, and providing financially for his family

      The APPAS worker who is now living in the house he built for his young family with the earnings from the Child Health Campaigns

      The child who drinks clean, safe water in front of us from a ceramic water filter bucket system

 

Yet, for the 70,000 in Pestel who still live in the grip of extreme poverty and deprivation, our prayers continue for them.  For those of you whose hearts and minds continue to attend to the people of Pestel, we are deeply grateful and encouraged.  For those who live in and travel to Pestel to bring a hope and some relief to a neglected region, we pray for your safety and your success.

 

For love of God and our neighbors in Pestel, we press on with the work ahead.  May God give us His grace and wisdom.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Ben Fredrick 

President, Thriving Villages International


Thriving Villages website:  www.thrivingvillages.org
Thriving Villages blog:  http://thrivingvillages.blogspot.com/

"Pay special attention to these issues:
   love for one another;
   absence of desire to be thought of as someone special;
   and the impeccable performance of mundane tasks."  Teresa of Avila

Monday, August 11, 2014

100% pass rate

A national report for education in Haiti was just released today stating that the national pass rate for two crucial exams--one at the end of 6th grade and the other at the end of 9th grade--is 76%

Congratulations are due!   We learned that Father Parnel Lundy's school in Pestel had 100% pass rate for 6th graders and 9th graders.  These are crucial national examinations.  Here is a note (slightly edited for readability) from Fr Parnel Lundy:


We just published the results of state examens for June 2014.Our students passed the test exams 6th and 9th grades--all managed successfully. I am also glad and proud. Entire educational community of the parish is satisfied. On this happy occasion , I come with as much pride and join with you to share our joy. There ,you have also contributed . Also I pray you to share it with your family , Thriving Villages International Inc ,benefactors and all those with you working with dedication for Pestel ,for Haiti.
You can be thanked thousand times! Indeed, your devotion is not only rewarded , but we are encouraged to continue working together. More over , this result gives us satisfying to believe that the St. Francis schools are  growing from year to year. Next year we will present our first class of students for the 12 rd. grade state exams.
May God continue to bless you ,your family and Thriving Villages International greatly !

Fr. Jean Parnel Lundy
         Pastor of Pestel


--
President, Thriving Villages International

Thriving Villages website:  www.thrivingvillages.org
Thriving Villages blog:  http://thrivingvillages.blogspot.com/

"Pay special attention to these issues:
   love for one another;
   absence of desire to be thought of as someone special;
   and the impeccable performance of mundane tasks."  Teresa of Avila

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

TVI July Update

Hi all

I've been eager to send this update out!    Please feel free to share with others.   If you'd like paper copies to distribute please let me know.

See the attachment for important updates on:
---High School building project in Pestel
---Ceramic water filter project
---New health-related project


We are thankful to so many.  Thanks to all who help, in so many ways, to allow us to participate in this important work.  Some give of their time and talents; some give donations; some give through their personal connections; many give through their outright encouragement and prayers.  

Jen and I are learning the importance of pacing so that we "do not grow weary in well-doing".  (Galatians 6:9)  As that verse hints, we believe important seeds are being planted in Pestel that will, over time, grow up into a rich harvest.   Please pray that God will continue to send those who can help in this work so that it will indeed be fruitful, and that people will be amazed at what He has done.  

Ben
-- 
President, Thriving Villages International

Thriving Villages website:  www.thrivingvillages.org
Thriving Villages blog:  http://thrivingvillages.blogspot.com/

"Pay special attention to these issues:
   love for one another;
   absence of desire to be thought of as someone special;
   and the impeccable performance of mundane tasks."  Teresa of Avila