Family Outreach Ministries International, Inc. was founded in 1997 as a Georgia Non- Profit Corporation and is an IRS 501c-3 Public foundation # 58-2318743. Our home office is in metro Atlanta, Ga. We have ministries in Haiti, and the Dominican Republic with plans to expand through out Latin America and into Africa. We are registered as a Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This registration qualifies us to apply for and administer Federal Foreign Humanitarian Aid
Pastor Rose Edkins, President and founder of Family Outreach, is a native of Jeremie, Haiti, currently residing in the US. In order to attend school, starting at age 5, from 1955 to 1965, Pastor Rose had to leave her family in the village and live with distant relatives in the city of Jeremie. She experienced first hand the deprivations of hunger and the difficulties of trying to learn on an empty stomach. Today as a mother of 3 and grandmother of 9, Pastor Rose has been involved in Haitian relief for the past 30 years. She has intimate knowledge of the language, customs, situations and politics of Haiti. She has founded several orphanages, hospitals, clinics, and schools in Haiti and now is the founder of this International al Ministry.
Operation Full Belly - Vant Plen
There are over 100,000 children of school age in and around Jeremie in
Grand Anse, Haiti. Most of these children do not have the diet
necessary to allow them to learn. Most are in constant state of near
Private Breadfruit crops in the summer months provide a minimum food
staple source. The rest of the year substance consists of fried or
boiled plantain/bananas, tubers, such as Yam, Malaga,
and Yucca, with the occasional chicken or other meat source. Local corn,
rice, dried beans (the major protein source for children), and garden
vegetables, are in limited supply. A piece of sugar cane or a mango in
season may serve as the only food for the day for children.
Most Parents are desirous of a better life for their children, and so
feel obligated to give their children to city dwelling relatives and
others to do domestic work because they can not afford to feed or to
send their children to school.
Indeed, on a National scale, statistics indicate that from 1996 to 2002
only 54% of Haitian school age children attend school. Many of the 46%
who do not attend school are often domestics; not able to study, because
they are busy working from dawn until late in the evening.
Most Parents are desirous of a
better life for their children.
of the other 46% of orphaned non-schooled children are on the big city
streets vulnerable as prey to gangsters, or to prostitution. According
to a study conducted by UNICEF (1993), the number of children in
domesticity in Haiti reached about 160,000.
Under a grant agreement with USAID, Family Outreach has received 75 MT
of Harvest Pro, ½ Vegetable blend and ½ lentil blend to feed these
orphans and economically vulnerable Haitian school children in Jeremie,
Haiti. With these products, Family Outreach will
feed over 20,000 school children a nourishing meal once a school day for
the nine month school year, separated by the summer recess.
Family Outreach feeds over 20,000
Haitian school children and orphans daily.
The beneficiaries of this grant are over twenty thousand school children, their Teachers, Cooks, and their Pastor Administrators. They will be fed, at school, one meal a day, from the beginning of the school year to the end of the school year in June, 2007. The program will stop during the summer recess and start up again in October 2006 and continue into 2008.
This is being done at school so that the food will be administrated directly to the children. The children, therefore, will have an additional incentive to come to school, to eat and to study. The nourishing food will awaken their active minds so they can pay attention and learn.
Our organization actively seeks contributions and gifts in kind.
You may also sponsor a child of your choice for only a $1.00 a day. Call us for choice of children needing sponsorship: 770-402-5161.
Food first: for better overall health to improve classroom activities, then education, will move the region toward economic security.