News & Updates

Catch up on everything from recent building updates to local
upcoming events and exciting news from ICDM Haiti and beyond.

ICDM: Moving Forward, Changing Lives

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Dear Friend:ICDM has been bringing hope and a future to the children of Haiti since October 1989. For twenty-two years, we have worked to educate, equip and empower children and adults in this poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. With the help of caring sponsors and generous donors, we continue to bring hope and restore human dignity to the people of Haiti.This year we have served 600 students…

Celebrate Hope

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They began arriving before dawn on October 7, and by six am they were ready to begin work. They were the 70 cement workers who mixed, carried, poured and finished the concrete for the second floor of the Center of Hope in Bayonnais. Organized into two teams and supervised by foremen and subcontractors, they soon had a lively competition going, spurred on throughout the day with singing, chanting and…

Continuing Hope

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One of the first questions I was asked when I returned from Haiti last week was “How much progress has been made in the reconstruction?” The answer is complex. While much has been done to clean up and rebuild following last year’s earthquake, much more remains to be done. The enormous loss of life and crippling injuries will permanently affect all of Haiti’s people, and the underlying poverty makes…

Neighborhood Yard Sale a Success!

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Thank you, dear friends of ICDM, for standing with us in bringing hope and a brighter future to Haitian children. You are helping to educate hundreds of children. You continue to make a difference. Please read Tim Carson’s comments below about the yard sale held in Lexington KY last weekend. –Yvan PierreOur latest Neighborhood Yard Sale was another great success! We received tons of donations – from…

Work progresses on Center of Hope

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Intercession City FL – ICDM director Yvan Pierre and a five-person work team from Pennsylvania travel to Bayonnais today to work on the Center of Hope construction, and will return home September 7.A team of eleven builders, eight from New Jersey and three from other areas, will join forces September 24 to October 1 to continue the Center of Hope construction.A third work team will is scheduled for…

2012 Hope for Haiti Team Bulletin

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The 2012 Hope for Haiti Team, led by team coordinator Verna Smith, will make a 16-day mission trip to Bayonnais January 21-February 6, 2012, flying from Miami to Port-au-Prince on Saturday, January 21, and returning to Miami on Monday, February 6. ICDM director Yvan Pierre and field coordinator Rosemond Pierre will meet the team in Port-au-Prince and travel with the team directly to Bayonnais.Already…

Clean Water System Up and Running

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Bayonnais, Haiti - For the first time in history, the people of Bayonnais have safe, clean water to drink. The new water well and purification system for the Bayonnais community went into service on Saturday, July 30. A dedication ceremony, to be held in the next two weeks, will emphasize for the people of the community what it means to drink this clean water that is free from cholera and other disease…

Summer Happenings at Bayonnais

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Field Director Rosemond Pierre reports that work is progressing on the water well and purification system at Bayonnais. Team members hope to taste the clean water before they leave next Saturday. English classes with the children are going well, and it’s encouraging to see the students’ enthusiasm and progress. On Wednesday the team will take about 50 students on an outing that will be fun for both…

Mission Team Dates Announced

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Orlando FL – ICDM director Yvan Pierre will be in Haiti July 13-31 working with field leadership and U.S. teams. A team from Lexington KY is already on site teaching English in Bayonnais.Clean water for Bayonnais is the focus of a team from Kentucky that also left for Haiti July 13. Their mission: to drill a well and install a purification system to provide safe, clean water for the people of Bayonnais.…

Help for Haiti

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A converted warehouse in downtown Lexington KY was the setting for a $100-a-plate benefit dinner on May 19 to help the people of Bayonnais, Haiti. Proceeds from the festive event will fund a water project to provide safe, clean drinking water for the Bayonnais area.The event was the brainchild of Tim Carson, a retired school teacher and professional caterer, whose first trip to Haiti last year profoundly…