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Striving to give every child of Haiti a chance at a promising future.

Striving to give every child of Haiti a chance at a promising future.

Our Mission

The Timoun Lakay Foundation (TLF) strives to make a positive change in the lives of disadvantaged children in Haiti through financial and in-kind contributions to help improve their quality of life and increase their chances at a future filled with promise.

Our Vision

TLF envisions a Haiti in which boys and girls:

  • Have access to quality education and services to help them reach their full potential

  • Have the ability to make healthy and informed choices about their lives to actively integrate into society with pride and dignity.
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Down But Not Out

The Work Continues

In mid-April -- nearly 3 months to the day – the Timoun Lakay Foundation’s (TLF) President Rachelle Sylvain-Spence returned to her homeland for the first time since disaster struck on January 12, 2010.  Accompanying her was TLF volunteer from Boston Erin Boswell.  Though deeply troubled by the landscape, Rachelle and Erin were inspired by the strength, pride and unshakeable faith of the Haitian people.  "When I first got here I was stunned by the level of destruction, but the Haitian people continue to keep hope alive.  I’m really in awe," Rachelle said.

With TLF Vice President, Nancy Ferailleur traveling on business, Rachelle and Erin came to Haiti to oversee the monthly distribution of food and supplies to TLF-supported agencies, La Creche, Institut Grace Flore, and Foyer des Enfants Vulnerables de Pestel. La crèche and Institut Grace Flore are orphanages located in Port-au-Prince the epicenter of the quake, caring for (70 children). Although the Foyer des Enfants vulnerables de Pestel, located in  Pestel a town located outside of Port-au-Prince, was not directly affected by the earthquake, it has been served as a sanctuary for orphans and other vulnerable children from stricken orphanages in Port-au-Prince. Since February, the Foyer has taken in an additional (15 children).

The structure housing of La Creche suffered a great deal of damage, but the orphans were among the lucky ones.  In the midst of crumbling walls, the directors and volunteers were able to get everyone out in time.  They are now living under donated tents in the yard behind the orphanage itself.  Surveying the damage, Rachelle was overcome with emotion. "The resilience of the Haitian people never ceases to amaze me."

In addition to the three child welfare organizations, TLF has also been housing and feeding families (116 people including children and families) who have taken refuge at the TLF Haiti headquarters on Delmas 48 in Port-au Prince.

With the help of local businesses, schools and residents, TLF organized a community event on Saturday, April 17, 2010 for (60 children and thier families) of Delmas 48 to help them escape their harsh reality -- even if only for a little while.  TLF's local volunteers shared health and safety tips to help the kids cope with the trauma of the quake and the continuous aftershocks.  Following the talk, the kids lined up for a hot plate of food then sat down to wait for the real fun to begin.  A makeshift screen was put together, and as Erin turned on the projector a hush came over the kids until an adorable, animated chipmunk jumped on screen prompting some of the kids to point and giggle – it’s Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Squeaquel (in French, of course).  For most of these kids, it was their first time watching a movie. “Just seeing the looks on their faces makes our work at TLF worthwhile. This is priceless,” said Rachelle, clearly overcome with emotion.  “We really hope to make this type of community event an ongoing program.”

With over 200,000 dead and many more injured by the earthquake, Haiti’s reconstruction will take decades. There are so many other children and communities who need support “Thanks to TLF’s friends and supporters,  Because of you this was made possible and there are so many other children and communities that needs support, love, caring and rebuilding.  We thank you all for your donations and encourage that you please continue to help us make a signifiant difference in the lives of less fortunate  children in Haiti.

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