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Friday
Oct102014

Orphan Sunday

WE NEED YOUR HELP!
On Orphan Sunday, we stand for the orphan. We are a people called to defend the fatherless…to care for the child that has no family…to visit orphans in their distress. Each event is locally-led. Sermons and small groups, concerts and prayer gatherings, shared meals and youth activities—each rousing believers with God’s call to care for the orphan, and what we can do in response. From many sources, one voice. Each November, thousands of events will echo across America and around the globe, all sharing a single goal: that God’s great love for the orphan will find echo in our lives as well. Orphan Sunday is your opportunity to rouse church, community and friends to God’s call to care for the orphan. (James 1:27) http://orphansunday.org/about/

So, if you and your church or organization has not already found their partnership for orphan care, please consider partnering with us November 2nd for Orphan Sunday! We are in need of 10 churches willing to help find us 20 individuals/families who can commit to making a $10 minimum monthly pledge. That’s only $0.33 cents a day! If we find these 10 churches, our monthly operational budget for the orphanage will be met completely!  

So here’s the plan, by accepting this challenge you are agreeing to tell the Okipe story in your church and find 20 new people to Join the Village. We have put together the following resources for you. Our hope is that you can set-up a table and make an announcement during one of your services. 

1. Join the Village Introduction Video

Perhaps, you can play the “Join the Village” introduction video to help introduce the children’s village. You can find this 2 minute video on the right side of the webpage or by using this direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41ec9NmDzr8 After that share for just a few moments about the need and plan to help! 

2. Resource Kit

A resource kit can also be purchased at:  http://www.zazzle.com/OkipeHaiti

The kit contains the following:

1 – Join the Village Poster

Designed to draw attention to your table or booth.

25 – Join the Village Flyers

The flyers can be placed on the Okipe table or in an information card rack. They share the story of Okipe and the history of Jesus Home for Children of La Gonave.

100 – Join the Village Donor Cards

These cards are intended to be given to those who have made a commitment to Join the Village by making a financial commitment. They can be used as a bookmark or placed on the refrigerator or anywhere to serve as reminder to pray and support the village. The backs of these cards also have the instructions on how and where to give.

3. Pledge Form

In addition to the video and resource kit you can download a pledge form here. Your church should use this form to collect some basic information from those who are making a pledge to Join the Village. After donors add their name to the form they should receive a Donor Card from the resource kit. They then will need to follow through by making their donations either online or by mail. After your church or organization has collected 20 pledges or more, the pledge form should be scanned and emailed back to Okipe at crjfamily@gmail.com. We will be happy to follow-up with those who have made pledges and get them added to our communications directly!

Also, you can be sure that 100% of you donation is going directly to the staff and children of The Jesus Home for Children of La Gonave, Haiti. Okipe is run completely on a volunteer basis so that we can maintain integrity when we say that 100% of donations make it to Mme. Soliette and her children.

Please fee to contact us with any questions you might have. On behalf of the children, thank-you so much for your support!

Monday
Jul212014

Time to Celebrate

We have had 32 new donors Join the Village since the start of this calendar year! With the new contributions and the continued giving from all of our donors, we have been able to increase the monthly amount given to Mme. Soliette from $9,600 to $10,200! This is great news!!


This brings us closer to the needed amount of $12,000 each month, but we are still not there yet. The next big goal for us to hit is to be able to increase to $10,800 by October 1, 2014. This means we need to raise an additional $600 in monthly support in the next 10 weeks in order to achieve this benchmark.

All we need is for 60 NEW people to commit to $10 per month. That's only $0.33 a day.

Are you already giving?? Can you help us find five people to sign up for $10 per month?

It's fast, it's easy, it's changing lives!!

Click HERE to sign up today!!

Wednesday
Jul162014

Professional Development Workshop

Last week, we had the opportunity to hold a professional development workshop for the professors at the Jesus Home for Children of La Gonave. In 2012, shortly after Okipe started, we asked the professors if they would be interested in any workshops or training. Almost all of them said no. Now that we have established a relationship and respect with the teachers, they are asking for more training! This just goes to show how important long lasting relationships within this co-op! Each day, we build more and more trust and respect with everyone involved in the Children's Village.

For this particular workshop, we focused on a couple things. We taught the professors about different learning styles and how some children learn best by listening, some by seeing and some by doing. All of us learn with a little of each style, but in Haiti, a majority of teaching comes through auditory and visual styles. Many people learn best when they are able to DO. Our brains remember information if we are able to practice concepts in all three learning styles.

The first day, we started with each teacher and presenter making a name map to introduce themselves and some things about them. This helped to break the ice, get to know each other, and also to give the professors an idea of something they could use in their own class.

Here, the professors are learning the importance of kinesthetic (active) learning. We were quick to show them that not only did they remember the concept better when taught this way, they also all had a lot of FUN! We made sure to remind them that it's okay (and good) to have fun in school!


The second day, we talked a lot about lesson planning. We were happy to see that the teachers were already doing lesson plans, but that they were copying a lot word for word from the book into their plans. We showed them ways to save time in writing their lesson plans while still keeping all the information that the government requires them to have. We showed them that while they are able to save time lesson planning this way, it will give them more time to creatively think of new ways to teach different topics. We encouraged them to try to add one new idea in each learning style to their plans every day.  

We were able to give the teachers new plan books which will help the teachers to save time when writing their lesson plans. We practiced together as a group, in pairs or small group and then each teacher did one lesson plan on their own - making sure to incorporate new ideas that they were learning. It was so great to see the positive responses from the teachers! We have agreed to try this new planning for the first two months of school. Then, we will re-evaluate and see if it is something to move forward with, or if we need to make some changes.

Day 3 - Ann and Chrissy brought a bunch of materials with them to show the teachers. On the third day, we put the materials on the table and gave the teachers some time to look at it and play with it. They were overwhelmed at first with all the possibilities, but after they had some time to think, they came up with some great ideas of how to incorporate some of the materials in their lessons!

We gave them LOTS of ideas. However, it will take time for them to get used to using these new manipulatives in their lessons as it is a completely different way of teaching than they are used to. We showed them how something as simple as a ball can be used in SO MANY different ways - counting, spelling, syllables, months of the year, answering questions, etc...

I just LOVED all the smiles we saw throughout the workshop!!!

And while the teachers worked on coming up with new ideas on how to use these new materials, Ann decided to give some Haitian living a try :)

And Morgan too!

We showed the teachers how to create game boards that could be used for any subject. These teachers are playing a game that they just created. Some spaces had questions related to the subject while others were just silly - like jump or dance...

...and when one person landed on DANCE, they thought it was hysterical!! I love that they were creative enough to add a JUMP and DANCE space to their game!

We had a great time and for our first teacher training held at the Children's Village, I believe we had success! All of the teachers left with new items that they had created for their classroom. At the end of the workshop, they were very thankful and asked for more training! What a complete turn around from two years ago! This is a great group of teachers who love what they do and are willing to do what it takes to give the kids at the children's village a great education!

Before Ann and Chrissy left, they made sure to organize the shelves with all of the new supplies that the teachers have available to use in their classrooms. Only time will tell, but we are hopeful that these materials will be used in great ways to help the children learn. With the interest in learning, I'm sure we'll have more teacher training in the future!! If you're interested in helping with a workshop for our teachers, feel free to email Ann, our Education Task Force leader!