New Life Children’s Home began as a vision from Zacharie, our Haitian director, when he was a little boy. Zacharie’s father died when he was 7 years old. His mother was unable to provide for her 9 children on her own and this caused Zacharie to have to live with another family. In order to “earn his keep” he had to do all the cooking, cleaning, and caring for the children. He was unable to attend school and remembers not being able to go out to play in the evenings because he always had so much work to do… Children who are orphaned in Haiti are many times sent to live with other families. Many are forced into slave labor like conditions and never have the opportunity to go to school or church. They never get to feel the true love of a parent. These children are many times referred to as “Restaveks.” We hope by opening New Life Children’s Home we can do our part to raise orphaned children in a loving home where they can grow up with hopes of a future. Where they can learn to be confident in themselves and realize their potential. Where they can call someone Mama & Papa. And most importantly, where they can learn who their Heavently Father is and how much he loves them.
New Life Children’s Home Timeline
December 2013 – 2.5 acres purchased
2014 – A Security wall is built around the property
2015 – A 2 room storage depot is constructed as the first building on the property!
January 2016 – Zacharie, Stevie, & Abraham Estime traveled to Haiti for 4 months to begin construction of the home itself. The children’s home was built by Haitian hands with help from our awesome team members from the states! It has six bedrooms, 3 bathrooms as well as an outdoor kitchen. Two bedrooms and a bathroom were built above the storage depot for guests/future teams.
New Life Children’s Home
The Storage Depot and Guest Rooms
And it’s finished! With the exception of minor projects, the construction of New Life Children’s Home is now complete!
This year we added this multipurpose pavilion to mainly use as a cafeteria for the children!
We’ve also finished our outdoor kitchen this year!
Katheline is 8 years old and she is an orphan. She was living with her grandfather who recently passed. She is a sweet, fun loving girl who has been through a lot in her short life. She is the first child to join us at New Life Children’s Home. We cannot wait to see what God has in store for Katheline and the other children that will join us.
In the future – Katheline is currently being cared for by Zacharie’s mother until the Estime’s are in Haiti full time (planned for 2018). In the meantime we are working on creating budgets and finding full time helpers for the home.
Please pray for Katheline, other children that will join us, fundraising, and for the Estime’s as they prepare to move to Haiti permanently to be full time directors of New Life Children’s Home. We thank everyone who has supported us this far whether with prayers or financial blessings – we could not be doing this without you! We have been amazed to see how God has funded and totally provided for this project and it only further confirms that this is HIS work!