Acting Locally, Acting Globally
Children of L'Asile, Haiti filling up their water jugs at the new resevoir!
When a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in January of 2010, hundreds of thousands of lives and buildings were lost. Mission staff and volunteers were appalled by the impact of the devastation and compelled into action. As a result, the Mission marathon team raised $30,000 over the period of two years to provide relief for Haitians in need.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook Haiti destroyed 200 homes in the village of L’Asile. One great challenge facing all residents of this village was access to clean water. Many families walked miles to fill buckets and jugs for cooking, cleaning, and drinking water.
After many months of planning and communicating over thousands of miles, a new fresh clean water supply was designed and constructed in L'Asile. The new water supply begins miles away from the town at a natural mountain spring which is then fed by solar pump into two 9,000 gallon cisterns 600 ft above the village. The water is fed by gravity to the first cistern and then pumped up to the second. The water is supplied by gravity directly to the town of L'Asile.
Today there are now 4,000 people across four villages that are benefiting from the clean and safe drinking water this well now provides. Residents have been overjoyed to have clean, fresh water within a short distance of their homes. Thanks to the support of many generous Bostonians, lives are just a little better for struggling families in and around L'Asile.
For several years, the Boston Rescue Mission's International Outreach Program has focused on transforming lives at risk in and around Kolkata (Calcutta) in India. To date, Lynn Samaan, former Director of Spiritual Formation at the Mission, has led 4 teams through slums, homes for orphans, homes for dying people, churches, missions, and even a leper colony.
This kind of ministry to desperately poor, homeless, and hungry women, children, and men does more than meet practical and spiritual needs of broken lives overseas. Team members face situations that challenge previously held notions, build confidence in their abilities, and equip them to better serve those in who need help here at home.
In July of 2008, a team of six journeyed to an island with a home for widows and children. A team member described it this way:
We visited a children's home on an island near Sunderban tiger preserve. People living there were sinfully poor. To earn income, men would travel into the preserve to gather honey illegally at night. Many of them were killed by crocodiles or tigers before returning, leaving widows and small children penniless and fending for themselves.
Seed Welfare Society, the nonprofit we work with In India runs a children's home on a rural island in India with no roads or electricty. They run the only health clinic on the island and for many of the surrounding islands. They provide room, board, education, and lots of love to over 80 orphan children. In addition, they provide services to street children in Kolkata and widows.
Above: Children At the Children's Home on the Island of Gosaba
Above-Widows on the Island of Gosaba
The team returned with a challenge to raise $40,000 for a second home to expand this ministry upon their expected return. If you feel called to support this project or any other Boston Rescue Mission International Fund activities, please contact Eric Grenfell-Muir at (617) 338-9000 ext. 1209 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or go to our Donate page and under "Apply this Gift to" Select International-India. Only funds that are designated for use with India outreach will be used.
We've added a new project to our International Outreach Program in Kenya. The project will support various homes and schools for children. For decades, Kenyan parents have been lost to violence in internal political and ethnic conflicts and widespread HIV/AIDS. These homes work to get orphaned kids off the streets and provide education to end the crushing cycle of poverty that afflicts them.
With this brand new venture, aid ministers in Karungu distribute food and clothing, and underwrite educational costs for dozens of primary school children. In these and other poor areas, a little goes a long way, and ministers are already reviewing opportunities to expand aid to other schools and children's homes in the region.Feel free to read a personal appeal from the Red Rose Nursery and Children's Centre.
If you feel called to support this project, please contact Allison Kinyua, Director of Finance at (617) 338-9000 ext. 1202 or at email@example.com. Only funds that are designated for use with Kenya outreach will be used.