The island of Hispañola. Home to Haiti and the Dominican Republic
May 8, 2012 we moved to Jimani, Dominican Republic to work in an orphanage. The moment we arrived on campus double rainbows appeared in the sky as our greeting. Those who live here told us that it was the brightest rainbow they had ever seen here…
The children’s home where we live and work.
The clinic on campus with the children’s home.
Who knew this tiny girl had so much hair hiding in her tiny braids!
Two of our boys, Wisquebi and Andrecito, ages 5. Both are quite comfortable in front of the camera.
The playground for the children getting a much needed makeover. A new roof, extra guard rails, replacing damaged wood and repairing old swings and adding new ones. It was an exciting day.
Maikens, one of our youngest, at just 2 years old, looking adorable as always.
Vanderly with some children who live in Jimani behind the Children’s Home. As we were walking down the road and getting nearer to their home, they saw us and began to shout, “Hola blanco!, hola blanco!” It made us laugh.
Vanderly seamlessly multi-tasking between feeding Maikens, Yinancia and herself.
Renel, 12 years old, first came to the children’s home the same week we did.
Out for a walk in Jimani. Wild horses, goats and sheep roam throughout the fields and mountains.
A pig with the right idea on a hot Dominican day. I guess if I were ok with laying in dirty creek water I’d probably do the same thing.
Summer 2012, Stephen and Jeffery, age 4
Kimberly and Yohana all dressed up on a Sunday afternoon braiding and beading their dolls’ hair just like their hair.
Laundry, laundry and more laundry. With over 60 people living here, there are a lot of dirty clothes.
Two of our older teen boys, Israel and Davidson. They are both a joy to be around.
Summer 2012; Likne, pronounced Lee-nay, and Vanderly are celebrating that he has learned to write his name for the first time at age 18 years old. He has never had the opportunity to attend school.
Zoe and Eina playing together. No matter where you come from, you are a princess (or prince) in God’s eyes.
Some of our girls posing for a snap shot. They are quite a crew.
Redando, age 13, working on his bike. Teen boys repairing their bikes might be the most common sight we see.
Our MEGA-family including staff, March 2013
Dui Puissan, one of our oldest boys who live with us at the Children’s Home.
Class Photo; March 2013; Our Primary Class of 5-8 year olds.
Class Photo, March 2013; Our biggest class!
Our preschool teacher, Yanil, reading to her class.
One of our preschool rooms
If our children are affluent in spanish, they can enter the public school. We had man enter the government school for the first time this year.
Our new basketball court installed Spring, 2013 behind our Children’s Home which doubly serves as flat ground for bike riding!
Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!”
A few faces of Jesus!
Our three youngest faces of Love… Eina, Maikens and Yinancia.
In Spring 2013, we initiated a privilege system to encourage positive student behavior. After a sticker chart is filled, the children choose something special and unusual to do. Ti-Joel happily chose to play on our guitar for 2 hours with a cup of soda. He loves music!
Earning income is a special privilege that comes with the gift of learning many life skills. Here, D.P. asked for a photo of his time-card so he could take the picture back to his mom who lives in the mountains of Haiti.
Nela, Tracy and Zoë at a Birthday Fiesta!
Returning to the states after a year of living in Jimaní, April 2013
Birthday custom: Get drenched in water by all your loved ones. Group photo of after Jenna’s water-splash!
At the start of 2013, each child who lives with us received a birthday gift on their actual birthdate! Renel turned 13 years old and now owns his own set of Dominoes! This makes for one very happy Renel!
Starting in January 2013, we began to celebrate birthdays individually with decorated beds and doors of the child having a birthday. This has become a well-anticiapted gift for each child.
Birthday Blessings: When a child who comes to live with us doesn’t know their birth-date, we ask their Creator how He sees them and about their destiny. Then, we find a scripture in the Bible that depicts their destiny and the passage becomes their birthdate. Alicia’s new birthday is November 16th: Psalm 16:11 “You always show me the path that leads to life. You will fill me with joy when I am with you.”
Foundations of Family: Love, Honor, Peace and Joy
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love….” Romans 12:10
“Love each other deeply. Honor others more than yourselves.” Romans 12:10
Eliana, future-nurse of Jimaní, rinsing off Evlin’s feet before I apply ointment to some boo-boos.
Mario with his lego-ship! Our toy room is right outside our apartment in our hallway.
One of our favorite past-times is flipping in the dirt. Flipping or watching the stunts never grows old!
Group-photo of our girls after splashing in the canal outside of our Children’s Home; a rare treat!
Yohana and Kimi playing house in the big unpacked boxes after our 40 foot crate arrived with medical supplies, family furnishings and donations.
Big sister, Karina, helping our little ones ride their bike.
A common occurrence in our home is when you intend to take a photo of a few children, ALL the kids jump in. This photo is no exception!
No matter where you live, all girls want to fancy up and feel like a princess!
Lopes, a young man after God’s own heart.
Evlin, Kimi and Eliana waiting for the BIG MOVIE on the wall for our fiesta!
Kimi and Eliana… laughing buddies
Melissa and John Hanley, lead missionaries of the Chadasha Campus
Rhonda and John Hanley Sr., aka: Nanna and Poppo to all the children!
Gladys and Josefina, our amazing resident House-moms
Pilege, a man easy to admire. He works faithfully and hard on campus. Here he is with his 2 children who also attend our preschool.
Jenna arrived in March 2013 to live and serve with us for a year.
Gabriel and Yinancia, our oldest and youngest how live with us at the Children’s Home
Karina, Yohana and Yomayco, set of siblings who live with us.
Mario, Berllison and Kiki, set of siblings who are a part of our Day Program. These children have a parent and home who care for them but they spend most of their time with us due to the hardships and longs hours their parent works.
Zoë: Junior Caregiver.. Her special buddies are Maikens and Eina.
You can’t put love in a box but you sure can wrap love around a person! We don’t underestimate hugging around here!
Aquaponics Model for the locals to eventually replicate after their training.
In our experimental aquaponics system, after months of locating appropriate and affordable parts, lots of trial and error, we are blooming tomatoes, herbs, carrots, peppers, and flowers!
Moringa Trees are bringing rich nutrition to our campus. In seven months, we harvested our dozen trees twice and looking forward to experiencing their benefits.
There is no florist in Jimaní and we could become the first to sell flowers at the market!
Future sit for the commercial aquaponics system we will use to supplement the diet in the Children’s Home as well as use this site a vocational training center for locals and our teens.
Kite flying at Chadasha Children’s Home
Moving Forward into our 2nd year in Jimaní: Our family holding pops of color against the overcast skies depicts our purpose at the Children’s Home perfectly… in a place where poverty & hopelessness is its primary reality, our family has come there to release life and impart love!