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Vance L.

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Review for Hope Restored, Franklin, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Hope Restored (AKA Restore Haiti) provided me an opportunity to serve people living in oppressive poverty and seeing the direct, positive impact on their lives and the community they live in. Restore Haiti is an organization that has passionate and caring individuals providing the utmost level of care and prudent management of the organization. I have served on the board for two years and until I went on a trip, I could not imagin the effect this organization has on the community. I returned from a one week trip to Jacmel, Haiti on September 7, 2012 and have seen and touched the projects they said they would pursue and have successfully completed. I cannot describe with words the experience, the love or kindness that the people of Haiti showed us. This has been a blessing that can only be known by going and serving. Financial support is greatly needed, but if you are able, I emplore you...GO.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The feeding program, the life of the three siblings that I sponsor to go to school and participate in the feeding program, the homes that were built for deserving families (19 have been built as of August 2012), orphans that are parented and housed in the Restore House, the HOPE that has been restored to the many friends I have made while on my trip to Haiti. Too many to describe here...

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

The founder and I became friends early in the organization's formation and I have been serving ever since.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Complete the kitchen for the feeding program. The AMAZING women that feed 475 kids daily are cooking inan 8x10 shack that I could not believe was the kitchen. The project is almost complete as I have seen it in my recent trip. Along with the kitchen is maintaining the progress and programs in place while pursuing their longer-term goals of helping families and community development.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Providing education, health and hope for the children going to school through the sponsorship program. It will take a new mindset and a new generation of bright, talented and motivated Hatians to help build on the success of Restore Haiti. I have not seen people with a more resilient and lumious spirit as those of the children in Haiti. They have all of the capabilities in the world and simply need an opportunity to pursue them. A new school, feeding facility, family style homes for orphans and parents to live in are targeted as long-range plans as well as a local bakery to provide jobs, additional nutrition and a sense of pride in the community.

Role:  Board Member & We assisted in the feeding program thas serves roughly 475 children, 5 days a week. Worked on a home building project, assisted in an academic excellence celebration for set up and tear down. We also attended 3 "Key Ceremonies" where deserving families re.