We are writing to you with SUCH excitement. As most of you know, The 900 Project has completed all 900 latrines. Not only that, but the Project was able to fundraise and build enough latrines for the entire village, a total number of 1,286! Praise God and His abundance over this project. Who could have imagined a bunch of high school kids and young adults could raise over $300,000 in less than 3 years’ time? The Lord’s hand was clearly at work.
We want to thank each and every one of you for your financial support, prayers, and encouragement to the team during the past few years. There were many moments of fear, doubt, and anxiety that we would never be able to complete such a huge undertaking. I know many of us thought it would take a life time to finish. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. None of this would be possible without YOUR help.
On our most recent trip, June 2016, we got to see first-hand the completion of the project. As we walked around we saw hope in everyone’s eyes. It was reported that there has not been even ONE case of cholera in recent times. Young children are growing up with a latrine on their property and its changing quality and quantity of life. Every one of us knows that the latrines had a huge impact on this village but we are writing to let you know that God’s work in Tilory is not done yet. Latrines helped this village to SURVIVE but God desires more than that, He wants the village to THRIVE.
This past June we sent a small team to Tilory, Haiti to see what the next steps could be for The 900 Project. There are so many needs in Tilory such as water, education, hunger, electricity, and more! How could we possibly choose what to do next? We asked God to lead us on the next steps and He did just that! It’s so hard to help a village that needs almost everything!
As our team walked around we saw the unfinished foundation of a building. We spoke with the local pastor, Pastor Anicex Joseph, who explained that it’s the start of his new church, Apostolic Faith Church. Their current building is used for church services and as a school during the week, but the building is run down and the number of worshippers has outgrown it. His congregation raised over $22,000 American dollars to build this church but that’s how far the money got them. Construction had ceased until the church could raise more funds. It was at this moment that the next steps for The 900 Project started to become more clear.
The 900 Project - Round 2 - The 900 Project has taken on the 3-part mantra – Survive, Alive, Thrive
-Survive - The latrines were about staving off disease and helping to eliminate unsanitary conditions.
-Alive – The 900 Project will be fundraising to finish the NEW church building. Currently, during services, the entire church is packed with congregants pouring out the doors with some looking in through the windows. This new church building will allow over 700 people to attend services each Sunday as well as be used for meetings and prayer groups during the week. The goal is for a continued increase in church attendance to allow for more people to become ALIVE in Jesus Christ and spend eternity with Him. The plans have already been drawn up, and once finished, this well-constructed building will also provide a safe refuge for the community during a natural disaster. The total cost for the Apostolic Faith Church will be $120,000.
-Thrive – The education system in Tilory is broken. There are a number of children that do not attend school, or start their schooling late making it difficult to catch up to their classmates. The majority of teachers do not have proper training. School buildings and supplies are lacking. So, we have made an agreement with the Pastor to allow for the basement level of the new church building to be used as a kindergarten for over 100 students. Meanwhile, the current church will be renovated to become a full time Christian school for over 300 students. Learning centers will be equipped with desks, chairs, and materials. We want as many kids as possible to get an education in Tilory because we want them to THRIVE in life. The total cost for the renovation would be $116,000.
Educational Scholarships will be awarded to 15 current, older students who desire to become teachers. The scholarships would pay for tuition at the University, and for textbooks. These scholarship winners will then return to their village to teach. The total cost for the 15 students to get their teaching degrees would total $12,000 per year for 4 years.
Would you like to be part of Round 2 for The 900 Project? Please pray about getting involved financially or become a part of the team traveling to Haiti this June 2017. Please help us to raise our first GOAL of $12,000 to send the teachers to school immediately before January 1, 2017! All donations received before January 1st will be tax exempt for the 2016 fiscal year. Thank you for all your past support and we will keep you updated in the future with all that is going on with The 900 Project, Round 2. Please do not hesitate to email us with any thoughts or questions you may have, we would love to hear from you.
The 900 Project Team
To get involved you can:
- Connect your Amazon account to Smile.amazon.com – connect it to “900 Project Inc.” to help! 0.05% of your purchases will be donated to The 900 Project account
- Email us if you would like to go on the June 2017 Trip to Dominican Republic + Haiti
- Become a part of the fundraising team locally
- Make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor through the website
- Pray for Round 2 and our goals to be reached for God’s Glory