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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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Haiti's Everyday Heroes

Written by Frederica Stines

On January 12, 2010 Haiti suffered one of the worst disasters in modern history.  Those of us with close ties to Haiti but live far away were left feeling helpless and desperate for ways to lend a hand to friends and loved ones back home.  The Timoun Lakay Foundation (TLF), like so many other organizations, kicked into high gear mobilizing money and supplies from generous donors to send to children and families affected by the quake

Being a part of TLF, especially in the past year and a half, has been really gratifying and has given me a way to support Haiti’s rebuilding even if I couldn’t be on the ground myself.  When TLF’s president, Rachelle Spence asked if I would be interested in traveling with her and fellow board member Christine Perrault to Haiti for a field visit I jumped at the chance.  Although Rachelle was there in April 2010, I hadn’t been to Haiti since 2009 and I really didn’t know what to expect.   For the better part of 2010 the media had been my main source of information and I was afraid that I would find a country overwhelmed by poverty, disease and violence.  But, in fact, what I sensed in everyone I came across is a quiet strength and a lot of hope.  I should have known better than to rely on the skewed reality of the media -- pain and misery sell newspapers while stories of the everyday heroes we encountered tend to go unnoticed.  The kind of people who see the pain and the need all around them and rather than wait for the government or the international community to swoop in and “save the day”, they prefer to do something about it themselves.

Everyday heroes like Jean Cadet and his wife Clotilde who are running an education and meal program called Mission Maçonnique de Saint Jean for 75 disadvantaged kids ages 4 to 12 out of a one-room house in Saint-Marc, a coastal town about 100 kilometers north of Port-au-Prince. Also in Saint-Marc we met Pasteur Meat who runs the Roberval International Care Ministries and is raising funds to build a vocational school where young people can come to learn valuable skills that will hopefully lead to employment and better yet their empowerment.  Right now classes are taught in a makeshift school with a Red Cross tarp for a roof, but it seems nothing will keep these kids from coming.  But the person who made the biggest impression on me is Yves, a young man who after university returned to his hometown in Pestel in the south of Haiti to start an organization that not only cares for orphans and vulnerable children, but also provides daily meals and supplies to the elderly.  At 25 years old, Yves is a formidable leader in his community and an exceptional human being.

In all, our trip was absolutely incredible and I am honored to know these individuals and to be able to play a small part in the amazing work they are doing for the people of Haiti.

 
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