The Pittsburgh Kids Foundation in Haiti:
The Pittsburgh Kids Foundation has been actively involved in connecting kids from Pittsburgh to the lives of Haitian orphans and the people of Haiti for almost 20 years. We have many deep relationships there and are working hard to help raise up and equip the next generation of local leadership. Here is how we are involved:
Orphan Care and Support:
The PKF currently works to support the efforts of three orphanages on the outskirts of Cap Haitien, Haiti. We have developed strategic relationships over the last 20 years with ministries on the ground in Haiti. We focus our efforts on helping the children in these three homes by giving them an opportunity to thrive and grow in their own country. It is our belief that the future of Haiti rests in the hands of its own people and we are working hard to support them. As these children grow, we hope to see them make significant contributions to the Kingdom of God and to their own country.
- EBAC Orphanage – Kathy Gouker and Alice Wise are missionaries thathave been working at EBAC, outside of Cap Haitien, for almost 40 years. They have helped raise hundreds of Haitian orphans into amazing followers of Christ. Currently, EBAC houses about 100 children who attend an English speaking school on the grounds of EBAC that is run by Kathy and Alice.
- IDADEE – The IDADEE orphanage was started and is run by children that grew up at the EBAC orphanage. Their vision is to give the poorest of the poor children a hope and a future. They currently house 28 children, ages 5 and under. They hope to complete the third flood of the main building soon, so they can house another 20 kids.
- New Vision Children’s Home – New Vision was started and is run by Jean Claude and Monica Compere: Jean Claude grew up at the EBAC orphanage and is on the committee for the IDADEE project as an advisor. As an orphan himself, he has a strong desire to give back to other Haitian orphans. Together, with his wife, Monica, they have taken in 12 kids. The youngest have tested positive for HIV but are doing well under their care. The PKF has been supporting them as they build a new home for these children. They hope to finish construction soon and plan on expanding their family to 20 or 25 kids.
PKF Child Sponsorship Program(Mustard Seed): In the three orphanages that the PKF supports, there are close to 140 children who are relying on us for support. To help with this need, we have started a small child sponsorship program. If you would like to help support one of these children, go to www.pkfchildsponsorship.com or click here.
Trips to Haiti: Each year, the PKF facilitates trips for groups that would like to
travel to Haiti. The recent completion of the Joshua House Missionary Lodge (www.thejoshuahouse.org) is serving as our base of operations as we work to help develop the community around the IDADEE orphanage.
Church Groups: If you have a group that would like to travel to Haiti contact Jayson Samuels our Haiti Coordinator.
Athlete Trips: Brad Henderson, the president of the PKF, also serves as the team Chaplin of the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club and the Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Club. Starting in 2010, he has been able to facilitate several trips with athletes from these teams and others.
Local Jobs: So far, through the work of the PKF, we have been able to help
create over 20 local jobs. These jobs include working at our recycling centers, working in the IDADEE orphanage as a caregiver, cook, grounds keeper, or teacher or supporting teams that come to stay at the missionary lodge.
Recycling Centers: The PKF has started 2 recycling centers in Cap Haitien through a program known as Ramase Lajan, which means “Picking Up Cash.” These two centers are part of a larger program that is run by Executives Without Borders. For more information, click here. Each one of these centers provides 3-5 jobs in addition to a small income stream that is designated to either IDADEE Orphanage or the EBAC Orphanage.
Donate to the PKF Haiti Relief Fund via PayPal:
The PKF is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible. Your support is appreciated.
For additional information on the IDADEE orphanage please see www.idadee.org