Marriage Encounter/Golf Outing in September

golfTom Usher stood as our Honorary Chairperson for the Joshua Foundation golf/marriage interlude in September.  Tom and his wife Sandy’s marriage, their faith, and their commitment to those in need made them the perfect choice for the honor. Fourteen couples attended the weekend of fellowship and golf but mostly as an investment in their marriages.

Dan Seaborn, the nationally recognized family and marriage expert, and his wife Jane presented a refreshing and upbeat seminar on keeping a marriage happy, healthy, and together. While learning about “The Necessary Nine” must-dos to stay married for life, the couples also enjoyed golf and other amenities at Oakmont Country Club and Laurel Valley.

Committee chair members Pete Medure, Dave Profozich and Ingar Lesheim combined with the leadership of Tom Usher and Alex Simakas to make this event truly a success. Ron Croushore of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and Russell Livingston of BABB Insurance generously contributed and graciously hosted a foursome for Friday’s round at Oakmont.  Other Oakmont hosts included Pat Gallagher of PGT Trucking and Matt Bahr, a former kicker for the Steelers, were also instrumental in the success of the weekend.

In the end marriages were impacted, there was a lot of fun, and an additional $5000 was raised to complete the furnishing of the 14 room Joshua House in Haiti! Please contact us if you might be interested in doing this with us in 2015.

The Moringa Tree

moringa-for-postThis tiny tree has enormous nutrition packed leaves that could save millions of lives! Introducing the enormous benefits of Moringa to communities in Haiti will result in better health through nutrition as well as an economic impact through jobs and export. Currently there is a ½ acre plantation of Moringa growing at the lower half of the land where the Joshua House exists. Crops are harvested every 22 days and the leaves provide for the nutritional needs of all 33 orphans at IDADEE. Some powder has even been sold at market helping provide wages for the two workers in the plantation.

The Joshua Foundation is going to support an expansion of the Moringa crop up to a full acre on that same site.  A team has been put in place to facilitate the planting and farming of the addition 900 trees which will begin to yield a regular harvest like within 9 months.  The Joshua Foundation is seeking $12,000 in funds to accomplish this which also includes completion of the final section of security wall to border the new Moringa crop. This last section of wall will make the security 100% complete as it will also entirely surround the Joshua House and IDADEE property.

Guests from neighboring communities in Haiti will visit to receive instruction and God’s love for them evidenced in Moringa, which has come to be known as the Manna Tree. Visiting community members will stay at The Joshua House for a couple days while the resident farmers at IDADEE conduct seminars and provide on the job experience planting, cultivating, harvesting and drying Moringa. Our Haitian cook will prepare dishes using the powder from the leaves to show how tasty this powerhouse of a plant can be. More impoverished Haitians will receive the nutritional benefits and many more can be employed as awareness spreads around the benefits of the Moringa Tree.

Blessings and humble request

blessings-for-postAs this year draws to a close and you are praying about how God wants you to serve in 2015, please consider taking a missionary trip to Cap Haitien Haiti to visit the orphans at IDADEE and stay at the Joshua House. If you have been financially blessed, we also invite you to become a contributor to the Joshua House.

Pitt University Athletes

300 Missionaries since June 2013

Kent State University Team

Kent State University Team

The Joshua Foundation invested over $400,000 to support Haitian architects, engineers, suppliers, contractors, tradesmen and laborers to build the Joshua House in Haiti. For the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, that meant a lot. The decision was an easy one to join in the work God was doing through our Haitian partners who share a common Christian Faith. These partners who led the construction were also the visionaries behind the new IDADEE orphanage where we share land.

Our Haitian brothers and sisters in Christ oversee the Joshua House, IDADEE Orphanage as well as the Chapel and Moringa Plantation on the property. Our unity is built around the common desire to see the Gospel shared to all. Since we opened, around 300 visitors have stayed at The Joshua House. That represents approximately $60,000 of additional support because every visitor and team that stays at the Joshua House has a direct, positive economic impact to the immediate community in this most impoverished nation.

Pitt University Athletes

Pitt University Athletes

Out of the $350 cost to stay at the Joshua House, numerous Haitians earn a fair wage for necessary services like transportation, security, house-keeping, meal planning and translating. By lodging at the Joshua House, Haiti, groups from churches and universities will continue to help the economy and better yet, spread the Good News to our brothers, sisters and children of Haiti for years to come!

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The Pittsburgh Kids Foundation in Haiti:

The Pittsburgh Kids Foundation has been actively involved in connecting kids from Pittsburgh to the lives of Haitian orphans and the people of Haiti for almost 20 years. We have many deep relationships there and are working hard to help raise up and equip the next generation of local leadership.  Here is how we are involved:

Orphan Care and Support:

The PKF currently works to support the efforts of three orphanages on the outskirts of Cap Haitien, Haiti. We have developed strategic relationships over the last 20 years with ministries on the ground in Haiti.  We focus our efforts on helping the children in these three homes by giving them an opportunity to thrive and grow in their own country. It is our belief that the future of Haiti rests in the hands of its own people and we are working hard to support them. As these children grow, we hope to see them make significant contributions to the Kingdom of God and to their own country.

 

  • EBAC Orphanage – Kathy Gouker and Alice Wise are missionaries that have been working at EBAC, outside of Cap Haitien, for almost 40 years. They have helped raise hundreds of Haitian orphans into amazing followers of Christ. Currently, EBAC houses about 100 children who attend an English speaking school on the grounds of EBAC that is run by Kathy and Alice.

 

 

  • IDADEE – The IDADEE Children’s Home was started and is run by children that grew up at the EBAC Orphanage. Their vision is to give the poorest of the poor children a hope and a future. Phase One of construction was completed in 2011, with room to house 40 children.  Currently, they are at capacity.  The IDADEE School opened with three classrooms in 2013.  Together, the IDADEE Children’s Home and School have created 18 jobs.

 

  • New Vision Children’s Home – New Vision was started and is run by Jean Claude and Monica Compere:  Jean Claude grew up at the EBAC orphanage and is on the committee for the IDADEE project as an advisor. As an orphan himself, he has a strong desire to give back to other Haitian orphans. Together, with his wife, Monica, they have have made a home for their new family. The youngest have tested positive for HIV but are doing well under their care. The PKF has been supporting them through the process of building a new home for their children. Construction was completed in April and 14 children are being cared for at the New Vision Children’s Home.

 

 

IMG-50-MPKF Child Sponsorship Program(Mustard Seed): In the three orphanages that the PKF supports, there are close to 140 children who are relying on us for support. To help with this need, we have started a small child sponsorship program.  If you would like to help support one of these children, go to www.pkfchildsponsorship.com or click here.

 

 

 

Trips to Haiti:  The Joshua House Retreat Center opened its doors in 2014.  It accomodates large international missionary and business groups.  The Joshua House will provide a constant revenue stream for the IDADEE Children’s Home.  Each year, the PKF continues to facilitate trips for groups that would like to

travel to Haiti. The Joshua House  www.thejoshuahouse.org) is serving as our base of operations as we work to help develop the community around the IDADEE orphanage.

Church Groups: If you have a group that would like to travel to Haiti contact Jayson Samuels our Haiti Coordinator.

 

Medical Clinic

The addition of the Medical Clinic will be a major benefit to members of the community.  The Medical Clinic will create short term construction jobs and sustainable medical professions.  It will provide quality, affordable local health care for the IDADEE community, build a permanent Haitian run medical facility, staffed with Haitian doctors and nurses, and create a place for American and Haitian medical professionals to work side by side.  We have received “seed money” for the Clinic and hope to have its doors open in 2016.

 

 

 

Water & Sanitation

Four new wells will meet the water needs of 12,000 people per day.  Proper sanitation benefits the local community, creates jobs, and protects the children at IDADEE by helping to reduce preventable infections and diseases.  PKF is partnering with Water Missions International to provide the best sustainable solution for the community’s water needs.  This project is about 80% complete.  The wells are now fully functional and most of the latrines have been built.

 

Recycling Centers: The PKF has started 2 recycling centers in Cap Haitien through a program known as Ramase Lajan, which means “Picking Up Cash.” These two centers are part of a larger program that is run by Executives Without Borders.  For more information, click here.  Each one of these centers provides 3-5 jobs in addition to a small income stream that is designated to either the IDADEE Children’s Home or the EBAC Orphanage.

 

 

 

 

Athlete Trips – Brad Henderson, President of the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, serves as Chaplin for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He has facilitated many trips to Haiti for Pittsburgh athletes as well as for athletes from other cities.

 

 

 

 

For additional information on the IDADEE orphanage please see www.idadee.org

Haiti hopes miracle moringa tree can help to combat malnutrition

The government is promoting the cultivation of a tree rich in vitamins, minerals and calcium to tackle food insecurity

MDG : Innovations : Moringa oleifera in Haiti

Elius Supreme working next to a ‘miracle’ moringa tree in Haiti. Photograph: Courtesy TreeForTheFuture

 

Rich in vitamins, potassium and calcium, Haiti is promoting the moringa tree to address the country’s chronic malnutrition.

The poorest country in the western hemisphere, 75% of Haiti’s population lives on less than $2 a day, half on less than $1 a day, according to the UN World Food Programme. It imports 80% of its rice and more than half of all its food, despite 60% of Haitians working in agriculture. An estimated 7 million of the 10 million population are food insecure and USAid estimates that up to 30% of children are chronically malnourished.

USAid continues to roll out its $88m five-year Feed the Future North project that looks to expand farmers’ yields of primarily five key crops – corn, beans, rice, plantains and cocoa. Meanwhile, Haiti has rediscovered moringa oleifera, native to India but commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa, as the miracle crop under its very nose, after its forgotten introduction to the country a century ago.

Locally known as doliv or benzoliv, moringa olifeira is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E while containing minerals plus calcium, potassium and protein. The leaves can be eaten raw, sauteed with oil and garlic or added to rice and stews.

As Haiti continues its reconstruction after the 2010 earthquake and 2012 hurricanes, the moringa tree could also provide shade for coffee plantations, according to Michel Chancy, the secretary of state for animal production. Coffee provides the main source of income for more than 100,000 farmers while crucially sustaining much of the remaining tree cover – less than 1.5% of land – according to the Clinton Foundation, which is redeveloping the role of coffee in Haiti’s economy.

Chancy says the government’s moringa campaign has targeted 500 schools in recent months, including the use of nursery gardens to promote moringa’s benefits and cultivation. A National Moringa Day was held on 5 June. The tree’s nuts can be grilled and eaten like chocolate, while powdered moringa leaves are given to people with HIV and Aids, says Chancy.

In Senegal and Mali, moringa is used to combat rickets. The plant is estimated to contain twice the protein and calcium content of milk, several times the potassium of bananas, more iron than spinach and several times the vitamin C of oranges.

Moringa’s high vitamin A content, almost four times that of carrots, is recognised as a potent micronutrient source to achieve the 2015 millennium development goal to reduce child mortality by two-thirds. Worldwide, an estimated 670,000 children die annually from Vitamin A deficiency.

In Haiti, moringa’s role could also be vital for rearing goats and chickens, increasing milk production, and for fish farming, said Chancy.

Yet the government faces a challenge to increase the planting of moringa and is trying to provide risk capital to further develop moringa plantations.

Timote Georges, of the Smallholder Farmers’ Alliance, says his members are crucial in cultivating moringa but need better processing techniques and market access for their products.