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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Building Relationships and Shelves in Haiti

To Make a Donation Visit

Greetings Friends!  This past weekend was filled with construction, visitors, and a trip to church.  There is still much to be accomplished before the opening of school on October 3rd, so we are quickly arranging all the necessary clothing items, school supplies, enrollment forms, and school fees to ensure that Franky, Robenson, Valencia, and Dayanna have a successful school year!

The orphans in our care have lost both of their parents.  While there are many residences for orphans that accept children that have perhaps lost one parent, or no parents at all, H.E.R.O. is committed to helping the true orphans of Haiti.  This does not mean, however, that the children in our care do not have any family to speak of.  In fact we have a responsibility to work diligently to maintain contact with any living family members that our children do have as they will play an important role in the lives of our children as they grow older, and especially as they exit our program.  The maintenance of familial social networks is vital to the success of our children as they must realize that while H.E.R.O. is their family, they also have blood-relatives that can help them become successful citizens of Haiti.  This past Saturday Valencia and Robenson’s aunt and grandmother came to visit.  You can see a brief video of their visit below.  The Aunt and Grandmother were thankful for having found H.E.R.O., a residence for orphans that truly provides and satisfies the needs of each child.  They talked about looking for other residences for orphans for Robenson and Valencia, but found some where the children were physically abused by the other children, meals were an irregularity, and the conditions unsanitary.  It is my goal to continue to provide the children in our care with the utmost opportunities for success in Haiti and the world.

Additionally, this past weekend we completed 2 of the 10 shelves that are being built to house our donations, school supplies, and other items.  We want to have a residence that is as organized as possible to ensure that our programs operate smoothly, all items are easily accessible, and to demonstrate to our children the importance of keeping a well maintained environment.  Below you can watch as Billy and Robenson put the finishing touches on our shelves.  I have already bought the plywood and boards for the next shelves, all of which we hope to have finished by the beginning of the school year on October 3rd.

If you would like to find out how you can become a part of the H.E.R.O. residence for orphans and join our movement to serve the most disenfranchised youth of Haiti you can visit our website at or send an e-mail to  I look forward to hearing from you!


Steven Kirby, Ed.D

To Make a Donation Visit

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