A parting gift

When I received the great news that my sponsored child’s community is ready to fly, I found out I could send a special gift to Franck and his family. It was a wonderful way for me to say goodbye, and to wish them well in the future.

Later, I received a letter in the mail from world Vision – it was a letter and a photo from Franck! The letter was from Franck written in Creole, and translated into English. It was so wonderful and touching to receive his message. The photo showed Franck with the goat he received as part of the special gift. I was so pleased to see this as a goat is a very valuable resource in Haiti, and will benefit Franck and his family for years to come. What a wonderful way to say farewell.

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Time to say goodbye … and hello

I received the great news in an email, my sponsored child’s community is ready to fly!

We started sponsoring Franck in 2014 when he was 13 years old. We watched him grow over the years through the photos in his annual updates to be a fine young man. I was also blessed to be able to meet Franck and his family in person on one of our trips to Haiti. He was such a joy to visit, with his sunny disposition, his great sense of humor and his infectious smile.

My visit with Franck, proud owner of a new soccer ball

I celebrate the progress that Franck’s community has made. It has been a long journey from poverty to self sufficiency, and I have been so impressed by the dedication of the community members in this process. I am so happy to have been able to help with this journey, and I wish Franck and his family all the best in the coming years.

As much as I celebrate this milestone, I am also sad that our time with Franck is coming to an end. I will miss hearing about how he is doing and watching him grow. And so I say goodbye to Franck with a mixture of joy and sadness.

In life, as one door closes, another opens. As we say goodbye to Franck, we now say hello to a new sponsored child in a new community. Joce is 6 years old, and lives in a community in the north of Haiti which is just beginning the journey to self sufficiency. I am so looking forward to getting to know Joce better, and to being a partner in their journey to a better future. I also hope the day will come that I can once again return to Haiti, and to meet Joce and his family in person.

Our new sponsored child Joce
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Earthquake in Haiti

Haiti was hit by a massive 7.2 earthquake on Saturday. Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this catastrophic earthquake with reports of close to 1,300 deaths, 5,700 injured and over 30,000 families now homeless (source).

Many people sponsor children in Haiti through FreddyLink and World Vision. These sponsored children are in communities in central and northern Haiti, which are far away from the location of the earthquake which was to the south and west of Port-au-Prince. We are not aware of any direct damage to these communities.

It will likely take some time for the damage from the earthquake to be fully assessed and for disaster response efforts to get fully underway. Please join us as we wait for news as to how we can help the people of Haiti respond to this tragic event.

Locals recover their belongings Sunday from their homes destroyed in the earthquake in Camp-Perrin in Les Cayes, Haiti (source)
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Your support is making a difference in Morne Pelee

The pandemic made 2020 a very difficult year for everyone. Despite these challenges, World Vision continues their work to help break the cycle of poverty for children and families around the world.

Here at FreddyLink, we partner the community of Fredericton with the Morne Pelee community in Haiti through World Vision. Thanks to your support, the Morne Pelee community is making the long journey from poverty to self sufficiency over a period of about 15 years.

Please know that your support is making a difference! This video shows just some of the progress made in Morne Pelee in 2020.

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