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Holiday gifts for Haiti

Sourced by Barbados Nation News December 21, 2008

Thanks to Eric Hassell and Son Ltd, Seaboard Marine Ltd and Se-Sash Logistics Ltd for collaborating to have the container shipped to Haiti free of cost.

A 40-foot container packed with gifts ranging from toys and sweets to a cement mixer and electricity generators are about to be opened in Haiti as a Christmas gift from Barbados.

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The "Santa" behind the gesture is the United Caribbean Trust (UCT), a Christian charity that has succeeded in making "elves and helpers" out of hundreds of schoolchildren, church groups, companies and women prisoners. Thanks to the BIDC for donating the warehouse
Thanks to the BIDC for donating the warehouse Thanks to the BIDC for donating the warehouse Thanks to the BIDC for donating the warehouse
Jenny Tryhane, founder of UCT, Jenny Tryhane, founder of UCT, left the island mid December 2008 for Haiti's capital, Port-Au-Prince, to oversee the delivery process and welcome 40 youth volunteers from Barbados who will help bring cheer to thousands in the impoverished country.

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The volunteers, including University of the West Indies students, did their own fund-raising to make the trip and fly out on December 22nd 2008 to help distribute over 2,000 ready-packed shoeboxes.

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The volunteers, including University of the West Indies students

 

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The volunteers, including University of the West Indies students The volunteers, including University of the West Indies students The volunteers, including University of the West Indies students
Thanks to Youth With A Mission who worked with us to pack the container.

Thanks to Youth With A Mission who worked with us to pack the container.

We were able to visit YWAM Gonieve. and distribute hundreds of Make Jesus Smile shoebox

 

Thanks to Youth With A Mission who worked with us to pack the container. Thanks to Youth With A Mission who worked with us to pack the container.
Thanks to Youth With A Mission who worked with us to pack the container.
Seen here an Haitian child in the Maranatha School in St. Marc.

Named "Make Jesus Smile Shoeboxes" they are variously stuffed with toys, games, toiletries, clothing and school supplies and any thing that will bring some joy to children numbered among the most disadvantaged on the planet

Seen here an Haitian child in the Maranatha School in St. Marc.

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To give an example of what these gifts, some second-hand, mean to Haiti's children, Tryhane tells the story of how a little boy's face lit up when he received his gift-wrapped box at a previous presentation. "He thought the box alone was the gift."

A litte boy at YWAM Gonieve.receiving his Make Jesus Smile shoebox

A litte boy at YWAM Gonieve.receiving his Make Jesus Smile shoebox
Upper Room Orphanage
Yolanda Thurvil Foundation
Heart for Haiti Children's Village
Upper Room Orphanage
My Father's House Orphanage in Bon Repos

Some volunteers will make a four-hour trip across mountains to get to Jacmel, one of the two districts where distribution will be done, the other being Bon Repos, just outside Port-Au-Prince.

Seen here a boy receiving his Make Jesus Smile shoebox at My Father's House Orphanage in Bon Repos

Pastor Lafleur at the Jacmel Party  United Children's Ministry De Carrinage Methodist school
Seen Jenny Tryhane here at the Jacmel Nazarine Church Party

Tryhane expects that distribution to schools and churches will continue up to the end of January and that transportation within Haiti will not be as easy as the collecting, packing and shipping at the Barbados end.

Seen here at the Jacmel Nazarine Church Party

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Tryhane said she was confident the mission would be accomplished despite the challenges - such as money to finance ten Christmas parties "to bless the children of Haiti as we give out the gifts".

Seen here at the Jacmel Wesleyan Church Party

Seen here at the Jacmel Wesleyan Church Party
Seen here at the Jacmel Wesleyan Church Party

"A party would not be the same without juice, snacks and sweets and we are asking for financial assistance," she said , with a reminder that donations to the UCT account can be made at any FirstCaribbean bank.

A party for 300 children would cost US$500, she estimates.

Seen here the Jacmel Community Party

Tryhane said she was very touched by how individuals and busineses in Barbados had been responding to UCT. "The first time we did this Make Jesus Smile Shoebox project three years ago, we had 300 boxes and now we have almost 3 000.

"I was expecting a 20-foot container but a 40-foot container showed up and it turned out to be just perfect. Praise God."

Along with the goodies for the children are boxes of clothing for adults and dried and canned food which will be made into "family food hampers".

PricewaterhouseCoopers has donated numerous printers, laptops, computers and monitors, which, though used already, will be treasured tools for schools and church ministries.

River Bay has donated over 400 new tee-shirts which will go to church football teams in Jacmel and PricewaterhouseCoopers has donated numerous printers, laptops, computers and monitors, which, though used already, will be treasured tools for schools and church ministries.

Inside the container are guttering and downpipes and two 450-gallon water containers, donated by Rota Plastics, Barbados Ltd and water pumps from Carib Supplies to be used in avital clean water project.

Seen here the water containers being transported in Port au Prince.

450-gallon water containers, donated by Rota Plastics, Barbados Ltd, to be used in avital clean water project.
Seen here taking delivery of the BioSand Water Filter mould that will be used in the Bon Repos Clean Water for Haiti production plant.

"The water in Haiti is dirty. It is killing people but this will play a major role in the collection of clean water and be part of our BioSand Water Filter project," Tryhane said.

Seen here taking delivery of the BioSand Water Filter mould that will be used in the Bon Repos Clean Water for Haiti production plant.

Carib Supply has sent two water pumps and pressure tanks to provide running water in an orphanage and school in Bon Repos and the Mission House in Jacmel.

Two generators donated by Rent-a-Tool will enable the Yolanda Thurval Foundation Orphanage and School to have electricity daily instead of once every three days.

A second hand cement mixer donated by Williams Equipment will be used to make bricks which will be used to make two BioSand water filters a day.

Tryhane expressed thanks to those companies and to Eric Hassell and Son Ltd, Seaboard Marine Ltd and Se-Sash Logistics Ltd for collaborating to have the container shipped to Haiti free of cost.

Haiti, the poorest country in the hemisphere, is still reeling from this year's battering by three major hurricanes, Gustav, Hanna and Ike and Tropical Storm Fay in the space of one month.

About 1 000 lives were lost and the country was left a wasteland. Roads and living conditions are shocking.

UTC, birthed out of the devastation of Grenada by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 "continues to operate out of devastation," Tryhane observed.

Sourced by Barbados Nation News December 21, 2008

by HARRY MAYERS

harrymayers@nationnews.com

 
 
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