Monday, February 28, 2011

Myrtha’s House

The last few weeks I’ve been able to visit a local orphanage several times. I have known most of the children there since I first came to Leogane and it’s been wonderful catching up with them all again. 

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I’m so glad to see they are being well taken care of!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

An Outing with Miss E

I love spending one on one time with the kids whenever possible, I know how much these little ones need attention and love that is focused just on them and with 31 children in one house, it’s more difficult that you would think.

Last Wednesday, Miss E and I went for a walk to get treats and came back to the house to share them in my room.

Honestly, she is one of the sweetest natured, most precious little girls I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

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Sweet doll, thank you for such a fun afternoon!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Love Makes A House A Home

I’ve found a house!

I love it! In fact, I love it so much that I have agreed put down a deposit! (HUGE thank you Josie!)

It’s a huge step of faith but it’s one that I feel confident in taking. Before I left to go look at houses I spent some time in prayer, asking God to make it clear to me when I had found “the house”. When I walked into this place I knew.

It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large kitchen space, living room and a great little side room that would be perfect for a play area! The place needs some work. The kitchen isn’t finished, one of the bathrooms needs the toilet and sink installed and the yard is a mess. Even with all of those things the place the is perfect for what we need. DSC02091 

Front view. I love the cement in the front, I can just picture kids riding bikes and playing out there!


Beautiful enclosed porch.




Entry/Dining/Kitchen. I can’t wait to have a table full of precious little ones to share meals with!


Kitchen area, needs sink installed and some tile work.


Bedroom #1


Bathroom #1, unfinished.


Bedroom #2, this will be one of the kids’ rooms.


Bedroom #3 the other children’s room.


Bathroom #2


The house already has a well!


And a yard that, once cleaned up will be an amazing place for the kids to play.


There is also a “basement” area that is already wired for electricity and plumbing. I would love to have this finished someday for volunteers and teams when they come to visit.

When all is said and done, this house will be home to 5-7 HIV+ children where they will be raised in a close knit, family setting. We will eat meals together, play together, pray together and live, not in an institution but in a home. These children will be raise to attend school and university in Haiti and will be provided with opportunities to do great things. It will be a house filled with love, protection and hope for children who desperately need it. This building will also stand and headquarters for Espwa Berlancia and our work in Haiti. We will use this place to store literature, vitamins and supplies for our programs. It will be so much more than 4 walls.

Incredibly, I was able to negotiate the price on this place down to $10,000 for the year! It’s a great deal and after shopping around I know I wont get anything better for that amount!

My predicament lies in this, I don’t have $10,000. A problem you could say, except I refuse to be held back by fear, I am choosing to move forward in faith.  Thankfully I have the support of many amazing people, people who I know are interested and invested in this project. Without the support of each of you I wouldn’t be able to do the things I am doing. I covet spiritual, emotional and financial support always, but right now I am in need financially.  I hate that I have to ask but I also know that it’s the only way for this to happen. Would you consider partnering with me on the start of this journey?

I have done the math according to the stats from my blog and I figure that if each person who reads this on a regular basis would bless us with a  one time gift of $75 this project would be funded. For only $75 from you, a child will have a chance at a future that would otherwise be impossible. Better yet, if each of you gave just $38 and shared this need with a friend, we would have all we need. If you shared with 2 friends each of you would only need to give $25! How many times have you spent $25 on something without even thinking. For $25, you and 2 of your friends could make a difference for a  community in Haiti.

I present you with these numbers, not to pressure any of you to give, just because you read this blog. Rather, I wanted to show you just how much we can do if we divide the work. I understand that there are some of you who are unable to make a financial donation and I do not intend to make you feel like you must, I only want to present the opportunity.

As a last fun little idea, each person who donates for the house rental will be sent a rock from the actual house site. You can decorate these stones and send them back to us and they will be used in a collage in the entryway of the home. It will be so amazing to be able to look at all of those stones and see the names of the people who have helped us along the way.

I was incredibly blessed to have my sweet board member, Stephanie here with me during this house hunting experience. She left to fly home to the States today and I miss her already! Stephanie will be sharing about her visit and the new house on her blog within the next few days, please take some time to read her thoughts.

I have added a chip in button in the sidebar so that you can follow along on how much has been raised. You can donate though paypal or by sending a check to:

Espwa Berlancia c/0 Rhyan Buettner 10317 41st Place NE. St. Michael,  MN, 55376

As I return to Minnesota in the next few weeks and work on getting everything organized, I have a few fun things planned, including an auction and local fundraisers. Please, keep checking back from more information on these events.

I honestly believe that this dream is becoming a reality. Soon I will have a house filled with children to love. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for your support.

And finally, I m proud to announce that while still under construction, our website is up and running! You can go HERE to visit! Let me know your thoughts and suggestions!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

In December, that street looked like this…

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And now… nothing. All of the families who had been living in these shacks have been given new homes!


From a shanty town on a busy street median, to just empty space.

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These are the beautiful things that are happening in Haiti!

Little Drummer Boy

I love this baby so much!

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The days I spent with him last week were some of the best of my life.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bon Fet Gup

Saturday was Gup’s 2nd birthday. We had so much fun celebrating with him! In the morning we went to the beach to play.

I was surprised to find that he loved the water. I was expecting tears but he laughed and splashed away!

He ate bunched and bunches of popcorn.


And even shared some with me!


Then he ate coconut, and loved that too!


After we came home I went to my new friend Jasmine’s house to bake a birthday cake. She was kind enough to lend us her oven and even provided us with a gift for Gup to unwrap!

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The party itself was a blast. Everyone had so much fun, we all ate way too much and went to bed full of sugar and happy memories!

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