Make a Donation!
DEFEND a child | DEVELOP a leader | DELIVER a nation

Vision

...hope for their future through loving care, food, clean water, shelter, clothing, and physical / spiritual / vocational training.

Come and Visit!!

Interested in visiting the Children's Village?  A process is required and we'd love to help you!  Click here to email our Okipe liaison on the island and learn more.

Video News
Okipe Introduction Video CLICK ON WHITE TRIANGLE TO PLAY VIDEO


Okipe Greeting Cards - for sale!

Hot off the press! Hand made greeting cards crafted by the beautiful kids living at the Children's Village. Packages come in sets of 10. Order yours today! More information...


Tuesday
Jan062015

Getting the Right Fit

Tuesday
Dec302014

CHRISTMAS AT THE VILLAGE

For Christmas, the children at the orphanage put on a show. One of the older children, Nadelta, put the entire show together. There was singing, dancing, poems and drama. I think my favorite part was watching the children BUST UP LAUGHING when they saw Christerly playing the part of Mary and Francesca playing the donkey!  After the show was over, Mme. Soliette and the other house moms had prepared chicken pates (pat-ay) for all of the children. A fun and entertaining night was had by all!

Friday
Dec192014

LETTER FROM BILL CODY

It has been my special honor to chair the Okipe co-op leadership team these past three and a half years.  I am so proud of what we have accomplished together in our efforts to "put wind in Mme. Soliette's sails".  As I review the memorandum of understanding (MOU) we agreed to serve together upon, I see that although we didn't find some of the smaller planned details of operation as functional as we might have imagined, we did an outstanding job honoring the spirit and values of the agreement.  One look at the faces and daily lives of the children of the orphanage we know as the Jesus Home for Children of La Gonave will tell us this clearly.  
 
As many of you will remember, I volunteered to lead the co-op effort as the chairperson, in keeping with the MOU, for a term of two years.  We decided together at the two year mark that it would be best for the co-op if I carried on in this role for an additional  two year term.  It has always been my intention to pass the baton one day to another committed person so that our co-op could grow in strength and long term sustainability upon the diversity of the leadership multiple stakeholders can bring over time.  It is with tremendous confidence I have nominated Craig Janofski to become our next co-op chairperson.  It has been an absolute pleasure to be in a close working relationship with he and Renee this past year.  It is with a happy heart that I report his confirmation was accomplished by unanimous support of the leadership team.  Craig's term will officially begin as mine ends on December 31st, 2014.
 
Mme. Soliette, the children and our Okipe co-op will always have a special place in my family's heart.  My family and I will remain personally financially committed to Join the Village.  I will be transitioning from the leadership team to the advisory team.  In this capacity, I will continue to volunteer my time by keeping a close and supportive collegiate coaching relationship with Craig & Renee.  I will also help out on the Join the Village Task Force by continuing to help identify, recruit and support select major donors.
 
I look forward to continuing my service, along side each of you, with the leadership of our new chairperson!
 
 
Sincerely,
DEFEND A CHILD | DEVELOP A LEADER | DELIVER A NATION