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Local donations provide new home for 51 Haitian orphans

It’s been almost a year since a devastating earthquake shook the tiny nation of Haiti.



More than 200 thousand people died and over a million people still live in tent cities with little hope of getting back to a solid home soon. But, because of donations from the Heartland to an Omaha-based ministry, 51 orphans now have a new, safe home in Port au Prince, Haiti.
Through donations made to Faith Missions International, construction began in June on a new facility for the children of the Gift of God Orphanage.

Just 3 months later, the children moved from sleeping in large military tents to sleeping in cozy bunk beds in the new dormitories of the Gift of God Orphanage. Several teams from the Heartland went to Haiti over the summer to lead Haitian workers in building a safe home built to western standards for the children. Blueprints for the new facility were donated by an Omaha architectural fi rm; husband and wife real estate developers from Iowa served as project managers and engineers; a plumber from Springfi eld helped install plumbing; an Omaha painter helped paint the dormitories; many other people from the Heartland helped dig footings, carry cement in buckets, assemble a roof truss system, and pray for the nation of Haiti and the children.

After the dormitories were completed, a bakery was built at the orphanage site. The bakery was made possible in part by a matching grant from an Omaha foundation. The bakery will not only provide fresh bread for the children in the orphanage but will help generate support for the orphanage through bread sales to the surrounding community and it will provide future job opportunities for the older children. As news reports circulate that relief is not getting to the people in Haiti that so desperately need it, people of the Heartland who gave through Faith Missions International can be assured that their gifts have been used to bless the 51 children in the Gift of God Orphanage.

Faith Missions International is a 501(c)3 non-profi t religious organization incorporated in the state of Nebraska in 1998. The primary focus is on the nation of Haiti, both in reaching people with the Gospel message and in meeting the needs of the fatherless. Faith Missions International has several trips planned in the coming year to go and minister to the children. One team will be in Haiti on the anniversary of the earthquake.

For information about Faith Missions Int’l., visit our website: www.fmi-haiti.org or contact Dan Jensen at
391-0657 or email dan@fmisent.org.


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