Posted: September 17, 2017
Zanmi Beni Children’s home in Croix des Bouquets Haiti houses 64 vulnerable children. Their mission is to offer a comprehensive and inclusive program where each child entrusted to their care is given the opportunity and support necessary to reach his or her full potential in a safe, stable and loving environment.
Recently Miramichi Valley High School (MVHS) became involved in supporting the children at Zanmi Beni with the help of Towne Ford Sales and Service Drive for We program. They raised $4800 for school supplies, clothing and other items, including book bags with every child's name on it and the MVHS logo. Krystal Grattan’s Fashion Arts class made pajamas for all the kids. This fall the Makerspace class will be making name signs for all of the dorm rooms.
For the past several summers, the children of Zanmi Beni have vacationed for free at a beach hotel thanks to the generosity of its Canadian owners. Unfortunately, the property was destroyed last fall during hurricane Matthew and there was no money in the operating budget to take the kids off campus. This August, five current and former MVHS students raised money and traveled to Haiti at the end of August to volunteer to give a sports and activity camp at the Zanmi Beni Home. The students are Patrick and Jessie MacDonnell, Julia bent, Liam Richardson and Sarah Melanson O’Neill. It was an amazing and rewarding trip. MVHS is now totally invested in these children and will continue their connection.