Raising Hope; Building Homes
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
7:10 Foundation was founded with a vision for helping widows in an area of Haiti that we felt a strong connection to. We were blessed from the moment this vision was given. Property, wall/fence, employees, gardens, a widow, and finally the first home. We continue to raise money for the next 9 homes, a depot, and a community kitchen on this property. We have criteria in order for you to be eligible for a home on the widowage. One thing that is not allowed is men. This is for the protection of the women and children.
We are often shown the needs of many families in the village we have our ministry in. Because there is a mom and a dad with or without children does not make their needs any less. Some of these needs are so extreme that we want to do whatever we can to try and help these families have a safe home to live in. Outside of the home built for our first widow on the 7:10 property, we as a foundation have been blessed with helping 5 other families build or buy homes.
When I had the chance to sit down with Rodnald and Rithza (Director and Assistant Director) at the first of the year, they mentioned that they would like 7:10 to pray about helping two different families living in destitute situations. Today I want to share with you about these two families.
The first family lives right up the mountain from Rodnald and Rithza. It is quite the hike up, and no vehicle could make the trek. Every day supplies are carried up the mountainside… heavy supplies that are necessary for living. Like water. This home has 8 people living in it.
Mud. Sticks. Tarp. When it rains the children will go into the kitchen to try and stay dry, because there are not enough beds up off of the dirt floor to keep everyone dry.
Dad is Lerison Torrilis and he is 45 years old. To help support his family he works in the market on market days selling bags of water.
Mom is Ozemari Alesè and she is 44 years old. She also works on market days in the market selling clothes.
Olenison Torrilis is 20 years old, Rozeni Torrilis is 17, JnDani Torrilis is 13, Nantoni Torrilis is 11, and Yaline Torrilis is 7 years old.
This family of 8 also has a few chickens and goats, but they do not use these for profit. Instead they will gift these for food to families in need. Like when there is a funeral or a wedding and the meat could be used for these events.
7:10 is committed to helping this family with a new home. Lerison and his boys are also committed to providing the labor for a new home, so we would only need to raise enough money for the materials for a new home. We would also like to raise enough money to provide a rain catching system for this family. During the dry season they would still have to haul their water up the mountain side, but during rainy season it would save so much time and energy, all while providing safe, clean water. To do this we need to raise $6000.00. Interested? Please click HERE and make sure to leave a note on your donation that your funds are for the Torrilis family.
He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.
The next family has 9 people living on the property. They live in the same type of houses as the first family, Stick.. Mud…Tarp…. One has Rock. There are two structures on this property.
The patriarch of the family is Eliotte Marcellus, he is 65 years old. Elliotte is married to Nalia Martel who is 63. Together they have 3 children, Nlòise 30, Esaié 28, and Herold 23. Also living in the home are nephews Zigaud Vilmeus age 24, Jeff Kerry age 17, Erick Vilmous age 26, and Wideline Overtus 15.
Elliott works hard in his gardens to try and feed his family. His boys will help him when they can. Madam Eliotte will make and sell food in the “little market” where many mountain people gather and leave their donkeys and mules when they head to the market. This money is not enough to do much other than feed themselves.
This property is also located a good distance from water and a rain catching system would benefit them greatly. Again, $6000.00 for the materials and the very able and willing residents will be in charge of the labor of this home. Need the link again? Click HERE to donate and please mark that it is for the Marcellus home.
Would you like more information about these families and why they are so dear to our hearts? Or, maybe you would like to plan a short term missions trip to Haiti with us and see these homes with your own eyes? Please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org