From: Carolyn Mueller
Hi, if you’ve been watching the devastation taking place - furthermore continuing in Haiti - and been wondering how you might help, please read this message. If you have no interest you will not want to read this message – that’s ok.
I am sending this message to everyone in my address book. To save time I am just cllicking "select all". Sorry for duplication and non personal addresses (businesses and etc.) Some of you have perhaps ended up there (in my address book) due to some past inquiry pertaining to a rescued dog or cat or something else, and may not even remember me at this time. But this is not about me; it’s about reaching needs in Haiti.
Those of you who know me well are aware of my history and the work I did in Haiti for over 20 years prior to retiring in 1996. Those who do not - a bit of info for you:
I founded and directed a small non profit grassroots organization (Amer-Haitian Bon Zami ( Bon Zami = Good Friends in Creole) that God chose to bless abundantly – which ultimately met the needs of 1600 impoverished children and their family, founded a small orphanage (House of Hope) and the Faith School providing for 500 children. I am not boasting as I know full well anyone with a heart could have done as much as God allowed me to do. And of course I did not do this alone - many caring and generous hearts joined my efforts. I am simply trying to present my credibility.
When catastrophes takes place most of us watch and feel helpless. It’s overwhelming! Most of us want to help but aren’t sure about the best way. We want our donations to matter. There are large organizations, many who are doing wonderful jobs in ways that smaller organizations can not. (Red Cross/ Salvation Army/ Catholic Charities/Christian Children’s Fund) . They all need our support.
On the other hand if you’d care to donate in a more personal way where 100% of your donation (NO overhead expenses) is promised to directly reach the people of Haiti please consider donating to Ambassadors for Christ in Haiti. Please read the list following this message—“reasons to consider donating to a small organization.” I’ve known well the founder of ACH , Gilbert Jules for over 30 years. As a young man we hired Gilbert as an interpreter while in Haiti; He later attended college in the states and returned to Haiti as the in-country director for our organization. He served in that position for many years. In fact Gilbert has served for many other American mission organizations in varied capacities. Additionally Gilbert founded Ambassadors for Christ in Haiti which has been working for many years to alleviate suffering of Haitian children and adults. He is absolutely honest, has experience and a heart for his people. Gilbert has spent his entire life in fervent service.
I have learned that Gilbert and his family have survived the quake and are ok. Last year Gilbert turned his own home into a small orphanage with 14 children presently living there. They are unharmed at this time but desperately need provision. Everything around Gilbert’s home has been flattened. Of course there are countless suffering people I know Gilbert and his staff will be trying to help also. You can learn more about Gilbert, the work of Ambassadors for Christ and their present and urgent needs by going to their site.
Thank you for reading this long message.
Please keep all of Haiti in prayer but as a great favor to me personally please pray for all those girls who grew up in House of Hope. They are now grown and productive citizens of Haiti. Most still live in Port au Prince and I have not heard from any of them yet. The only thing I know for certain is the school where Sheila (one of our girls) is now a teacher was utterly destroyed. I don’t know if she or her son were there at the time. I know Gilbert will try to reach them and will let us know anything he learns.
Again thank you and God Bless!
(New Beginnings Cat and Dog Rescue)
Jackie Settle is the Forwarding Agent for Gilbert Jules and Ambassadors for Christ in Haiti.
Donations can be mailed to:
Ambassadors for Christ In Haiti
c/o Jackie Settle
Saint Charles, MO 63301
or through pay-pal
The organization is a 501c3 non profit – donations are tax deductible
Current Needs and Plans
Funds to ship a container to Haiti
Funds to fill the container with medicines and medical supplies, building supplies, and food
The above as soon as possible
Every Penny Matters - and reaches a need – with personal in the field and knowing better the needs of individuals and how to best meet those needs with provision (knowledge of local resources) – more can get done with less money. Even one dollar will be sincerely appreciated!
100% of all donations go directly to those in need - There is no overhead - volunteers are doing the work.
Things Can Get Done Faster and more Directly Since there is no red tape and fewer board meetings to bog things down - it’s easier to put projects into motion. If Jackie receives a dollar today she can deposit it in the bank and Gilbert can withdraw it in Haiti nearly immediately.
Less Affected by Corruption that steals away well intended gifts - we all know the government in Haiti is often corrupt – large organizations are sometimes forced by government policy to go through channels smaller organizations can avoid.
Your Gifts Can Be More Personal - Since the staff is small it is easier for you to obtain first hand information and to actually learn the results of your giving – with names of real places and real people who are benefitting.
Those Receiving Are Often Given More Personal Care - This is no fault of larger organizations – it’s simply a fact – large projects simply and often can not reach the personal level that smaller organizations can. For example larger organization may find it helpful to use numbers for distribution, while smaller organizations can learn and use names. Both ways are meeting needs. There is no “better “ way – just something for donors to consider.