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A Five Day Journey Distributes 50,000 Meals to Hurricane Victims in Jeremie

Monday, May 01, 2017 | Comments

Finally the moment has arrived for the Kids Against Hunger team to head out to distribute 50,000 meals packed by community members from Leogane, Haiti.  

This five day journey will take them to the Grand'Anse region where the hurricane hit.  They will travel to the farthest southwest tip of Haiti to two small towns, Chambellan and Abricots.

Once the boxes are loaded up with the driver, they're on their way.Passing the fields in Cavallion, the team is encouraged to see leaves on the trees and crops beginning to grow, but for many farmers in this region it will take months and years for crops to be harvested, including bananas and mango.

After a full day's drive, they arrive in Chambellan and the kids prepare food tickets to pass out to the families in the morning.
Thanks to great planning by Krista Germeil of partner organization Haiti Bible Mission and Haiti One, the distribution goes smoothly.

The families patiently await their tickets to be able to receive one of 100 boxes of food for distribution.
Emmanuel will help pass out the boxes. Before the food is distributed, the team explains the ingredients in the food, how it should be cooked and that all of the meals were packed by Haitians in Haiti with Haitian grown rice!  A big thanks goes to Anglessan for making a list of all of the families to participate.

Each box contains 36 bags of food or 216 meals.

These meals bring smiles to the faces of everyone who receives them!

This young boy is excited to carry his families' food home, Haitian-style on his head.
The next stop is Abricot, but the team discovers there are no trucks willing to take them.  Their options are to transport the food 5 boxes at a time by motorcycle or to go by boat.  They choose the sea voyage!

Several hours later, tired, thirsty and sunburned they arrive at the port. This is not where the food will be handed-out and the local town is frustrated to be left out so the team must quickly pack up and head out.  A three hour hike in the rain follows before they arrive at their hosts' home, where they will sleep on a cement floor.

The next day brings the excitement of food distribution!

Tickets are given out and 112 families receive boxes of food in Abricot.

They have travelled from way down the mountain-side to receive their food.  Dependent on the food they can grow themselves, the hurricane has wiped them out.  This food is so appreciated!

Thank you Cornerstone Fellowship Church and Kids Against Hunger for joining Extollo on this amazing journey.  An equally BIG thanks goes to Amy Van Horn and her amazing crew, Carlos Joinville, Mackenson Louisjean, & Emmanuel Fongene, for a two-week packing and distribution adventure that has changed the lives of so many in Haiti.


 

Leogane Comes Together to Pack 50,000 Meals for Hurricane Victims

Friday, April 28, 2017 | Comments

Last week, the community of Leogane, Haiti packed over 50,000 meals for families in Jeremie, where Hurricane Matthew hit hardest. Over 140 people volunteered over 4 days to pack 232 boxes of Kids Against Hunger food.  As part of this sustainable effort to use Haitian resources in country and foster Haitians helping Haitians, the rice for the meals was also purchased in Haiti.   

Hope Rising generously made their facility available for the first packing event.

Packing 53 boxes of food or 11,448 Kids Against Hunger meals, Global Reach volunteered at the event.

On Day 2, Fredrick Chirac of Fondation Chirac Fredrick rallied his English Club students to help out and local restaurant, Maco Leogane hosted the event.Packing gives everyone lots of opportunity to practice speaking English.

The boxing team (Mackenson and Frederick) loaded up this table 53 times to box 11,448 Kids Against Hunger meals.

Amy Van Horn explains to an English Club student how to shake a bag to ensure it's properly sealed.

Day 3 and the packing continues at Hope Rising with a new group of volunteers.

It's a long day for most of the volunteers who pack from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm non stop!

By close of day, they've packed 110 boxes. That's 23,760 Kids Against Hunger meals. Staff members from Kay Timoun pictured here.

A few good laughs with friends helps the day pass quickly.

Carlos shows off his cooking skills to make lunch for the volunteers using KAH ingredients.  

On the final day of packing, Lespri Ministries school kids packed 41 boxes or 8,856 KAH meals. Thanks Elaine Rensink and your crew for all of your help!

We're so grateful for our on-going relationships in Leogane, where Extollo completed its first project, that made these events possible.  In fact, packing event leaders Emmanuel Fongene, Mackenson Louijean and Carlos Joinville trained in construction and helped build the Dezman Fleury Orphanage.

A big thanks goes to Amy Van Horn, Emmanuel, Mackenson and Carlos of Renewed Haiti Connections, who lead the event, in addition to Cornerstone Fellowship who provided the funding and Kids Against Hunger who donated the packing ingredients. 

For the body is not one member, but many. 1 Corinthians 12:14 (KJV)

Haitians Helping Haitians through Kids Against Hunger Packing Events

Saturday, February 18, 2017 | Comments

Five months have passed since Hurricane Matthew swept through southwest Haiti. The latest natural disaster to wreak havoc on lives in Haiti, the hurricane destroyed crops in Haiti's largest agricultural region, adding to the country's on-going struggle with food insecurity. Thanks to a partnership between Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Kids Against Hunger and Extollo International, food packing events have been held across Haiti, empowering Haitians to help one another.

Enstiti Travay Sosyal & Syans Sosyal (ETS) Packing Event, Feb 11

Social work students from The Institute of Social Work and Social Science packed 8,000 Kids Against Hunger meals last month. The food is being distributed in Jeremie where families continue to struggle since the hurricane hit.  

Extollo construction training graduates, Emmanuel Fongene, Mackenson Louijean and Carlos Joinville, helped facilitate this packing event in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. The students were excited to see the mission of their school put into practice in this day of giving back. It is the ETS mission to raise up a new generation of Haitian leaders who improve the lives of ordinary Haitians and contribute to the enactment of just social policies in Haiti.

During a 12 minute food packing competition, these ladies were a force to be reckoned with, outpacking all of the other tables.

A sticker on each Kids Against Hunger box lets food recipients know the meals are "Packed in Haiti by Haitians with Haitian Grown Rice".

These students show you can still look stylish in a hairnet.

La Gonave Children's Village Packing Event, Feb 18

Back to back food packing sessions were held on La Gonave Island, the location of Extollo's second training and construction project. The La Gonave Children’s Village and Institution Guerrier hosted and packed 23,000 meals. Approximately 2,000 lbs of food and supplies were brought over from the mainland to La Gonave by wooden sail boat to facilitate the events.

Staff members and students jumped in to help pack 11,500 meals at the Children's Village. Over 40 people participated, including former Extollo employees who built the village. 

Some of the meals packed will feed the kids at the Children's Village while others will be sent to villages in the mountains, previously home for many of the kids.

The multi-purpose building, where meals are prepared and served to over 80 children at the orphanage, proved the perfect space to hold the event.

Using Kids Against Hunger ingredients, a hot lunch was prepared for everyone who helped out with the packing event.

Institution Guerrier Packing Event, Feb 19

Up the street from the Children's Village is K-12 school, Institution Guerrier, lead by Pastor Benis. For the past couple of years, Institution Guerrier has been using KAH food as part of their school lunch program. For many of Pastor Benis' students who live in the mountains, this is their only meal of the day. The 11,800 meal packing event was a community effort attended by teachers, parents and leaders from eight remote villages that send their students to the school. 

This village leader brings food back to his community by motorcyle, Haitian-style.

A HUGE thanks goes to Amy Van Horn and Michael Elola for their leadership of these events. We also want to thank Gianni Schell, Jonathan Parr, Carlos Joinville, Mackenson Louijean, Emmanuel Fongene and Craig & Renee Janofski for making these events possible!

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