DOVE Missions, “Helping Haiti”

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DOVE Missions, a youth development center in Puerto Plata Dominican Republic, partners with an orphanage in Cap Haitian, Haiti.

DOVE Missions started a new project in Cap Haitian, Haiti on May 31st, 2010. This effort, combined with DOVE’s current projects working with at-risk Haitian and Dominican children in the DR is a result of a new calling.

Father Andre, a Catholic priest and the founder of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage found Liz McKie, the founder of DOVE through contacts in Haiti and contacted her looking for any help or ideas. DOVE had previously been looking to move into Haiti after the earthquake occurred months ago and when the idea of partnering with a newly opened orphanage came about, the organization moved forward.

Currently the orphanage is home to twelve children with 4 more being welcomed this week and in the coming month. Father Andre and his staff of “house mothers” are very optimistic about the aid they are bringing to the Haitian people and say their new children have come from all across the island looking for homes. They’ve come from many cities to live in Cap Haitian and Father Andre says this home is a lifelong dream come true.

“I’m honored to finally be called Dad,” said Father Andre. The children greet him saying “Papa,” meaning Daddy in French and he welcomes the title.

DOVE currently runs a sponsorship program for the children in the Dominican. The program provides funding that buys food vouchers for the families, a school uniform to keep the children in school, supplies to run the club and other essential items for both the children and their families.

DOVE plans to implement a similar program for partnership with Father Andre and his new children’s home. Eventually all children will be sponsored and the money will go to similar needs including food for the home, clothing and shoes for the children, basic hygiene needs, furniture and toys, and other health preventions, treatments and immunizations.

McKie and her team are currently planning volunteer trips for August and the rest of the year to visit Father Andre’s orphanage and serve in any way needed until the sponsorship program is successfully up and running.

For more information about volunteering or sponsorship opportunities contact Liz McKie at 1-809-676-4071. More information can also be found on DOVE's website at http://www.dovemissions.com.

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Liz McKie - Executive Director