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Faith

Oct. 14 event benefits New Life for Haiti

PLAINFIELD – New Life for Haiti, a 501(c)3 charity, will present its 12th annual Gala, “Let Hope Rise”, from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Benedictine University at the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business.

The event will feature incredible chef-inspired small plates, cocktails, live music, raffles, a live auction, a short program, desserts and coffee. Music will be provided by Zazz, a jazz combo with a Latin groove and plenty of energy.

New Life for Haiti’s motto is, “You can wish the world was a better place, or you can pick one place in the world and make it better.”

In 2006, after a decade of making various trips to Haiti, Fran Leeman, pastor of LifeSpring Church in Plainfield decided it was time to pick one place and try to make a long-term difference.

With the help and leadership of missionaries Steve and Joline Moore, Leeman began to explore a remote and poor river valley at the end of Haiti’s southern peninsula.

They decided to headquarter their efforts in the village of Marfranc, right along the Grande Anse River. The first two years were spent building relationships with people in the river villages and building a house for staff and teams.

Since then, New Life for Haiti has built six schools, helped farmers with seed after terrible hurricane floods, and rebuilt many homes after the 2010 earthquake. They have built a strong child sponsorship program through which children receive an education, food, vitamins, clothing, books and school supplies.

Volunteers built a model school which uses alternative, interactive teaching techniques to give the children of the Grande Anse River Valley a chance at a brighter future. For the past year, homes and schools have been rebuilt after Hurricane Matthew destroyed much of their service area in October 2016.

On average, the families they serve live on less than $1 a day, and only 20 percent of the children can afford to attend school. New Life for Haiti continues to build schools and help young people grow up with greater economic opportunity.

Buy tickets at www.newlifeforhaiti.org/gala-2017.html.

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