How Open Door Haiti is Changing the World…
Thank you to everyone who has helped package meals for the hungry and hurting. Below is information on one of our partners in Haiti that distributes the meals to those who need it most, Open Door Haiti.
In 2006, Doug and Jennifer Holliday founded Open Door Haiti as an effort of their local church, Seminole Community Church in Sanford, FL, with a focus on equipping leaders, assisting the poor, caring for the sick, planting churches and educating youth. Doug had first been to Haiti in 2003 and
him and his family share a deep and growing passion to impact the world.
Open Door School began in 1994. A new five room school building was constructed for Open Door in 2004 by Living Hope Mission. In 2007, a Feeding Center was constructed to begin providing a nutritious meal each day for every child in the school. In 2008, a second floor was added to the school building, doubling our enrollment capacity. And in 2009, Open Door School expanded its services to include a new Primary School in the city of Hinche. Enrollment has steadily grown each year, with over 450 pre-k through grade 6 students enrolled for the 2009-2010 school year.
Prior to Haiti’s devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, the impoverished country had 380,000 orphans. This in a country of only 9 million people. With estimates well over 200,000 for those killed in the quake, those numbers will grow substantially. Will there be 50,000 more orphaned in this tragedy? 100,000? And with many of Haiti’s already established orphanages destroyed on January 12, the need for orphan care is overwhelming. The need is now. Which is why Open Door Haiti has been in the process of building an orphanage well before the earthquake began.
This is just some of the amazing work that Open Door Haiti is a part of. To find out more information on how you can help Open Door Haiti Change This World go to www.opendoorhaiti.com
Here at Change this World we are privileged to work with people like the Holliday’s to provide food for those who are in desperate need. It only takes $.25 to provide a meal to a child who is struggling to survive.
Let us be challenged today by the words of Helen Keller, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”