New Life for Haiti will present its 14th Annual Gala, “Rooted in Life” on Oct. 19 at Benedictine University at the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business.
The event, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature a beautiful setting, raffles, live music, gourmet tapas-style small plate appetizers and desserts, beverages, and fascinating company.
To purchase tickets, text NLHTix to 41444 or or visit igfn.us/f/2cmf/n. New Life for Haiti is an approved 501(c)3 charity.
In 2006, after a decade of making various trips to Haiti, Fran Leeman, pastor at LifeSpring Community Church in Plainfield, from the Chicago area, and a few friends decided to pick one place and try to make a long-term difference.
With the help and leadership of missionaries Steve and Joline Moore, they began to explore a remote and very 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.
The ministry has built a strong child sponsorship program through which children receive an education, food, vitamins, clothing, books and school supplies.
Volunteers also 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.
On average, the families they serve live on less than $1 a day, and only 20% of the children can afford to attend school. New Life for Haiti continues to build schools and helps young people grow up with greater economic opportunity.
The latest project is The Village of Hope, an orphanage providing a new life and separate homes for 12 boys and 12 girls.
The girls' home is built. Fundraising efforts are now focused on the boys' home.
People can help by making a donation, sponsoring a child, or by going to Haiti on a work trip. Visit newlifeforhaiti.org