The Suwanee-based Haitian Timoun Foundation (HTF) has been rocked to its core after the earthquake in Haiti, and its director continues to worry about the centers in Haiti supported by HTF. Timoun means children, and the locally based foundation has long-standing ties to the country now in ruins. The Haitian Timoun Foundation is a non-profit organization and dynamic grass-roots movement whose main mission is to create a future of hope, sustainability, and dignity for the children of Haiti. It does this by identifying visionary Hatian-led organizations in the areas of education, poverty eradication and leadership development.
The pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Suwanee is Rick Barger, and he serves as the director of the Haitian Timoun Foundation. The non-profit organization funds a total of eight Haitian-run centers throughout the island, including schools, and homes for orphans, and the physically and mentally challenged. After losing countless hours of sleep, the director recently told Appen Newspapers, “Everything we’ve worked on has been severely traumatized. Right now, our Haitian family needs us to stand with them.”
The foundation funds several projects in Jacmel, a smaller city just outside of Port-au-Prince. Trinity House is one of its centers and provides a home to 16 street children and former live-in child slaves. Although the building was heavily damaged, all the boys survived the quake. In Port-au-Prince, St. Joseph’s Center for Boys was also destroyed. Its director was airlifted for medical treatment and two of the boys were injured. The rest are OK, but in need of water, food and shelter.
The church plans on sending missions to Haiti throughout 2010 once the airport opens to commercial traffic. In the meantime, the director continuously updates his congregation on his blog. Barger recently posted, “As I write this report, things are changing dramatically in Jacmel. Though they are in desperate need of doctors and there is widespread untreated trauma and suffering, there has been a response. Canada’s disaster response team has landed. The airport is open for relief flights coming in. A makeshift hospital is being set up.” He added, “As the dust settles and we begin to help Haiti rebuild, I ask you to join in a movement to help Haitians rebuild Haiti into the country that they have long, long deserved.”
To read the director’s entire blog about the conditions in Haiti, click here. Donations to the foundation can be mailed to: Haitian Timoun Foundation at 1350 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee, GA. 30024.
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