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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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An Evening of Classic Charity

Posted by Rachelle Thursday, 19 January 2012 11:03

Written by Anna George

As the holidays approach, themes of giving and sharing ignite and charitable organizations make it possible for such altruism to reach disadvantaged populations. One of these exceptional organizations, Timoun Lakay Foundation (TLF), held their first ever Classic Benefit on November 5th at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure in Weston. TLF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help underprivileged and at-risk children in Haiti by providing resources to help improve their quality of life and increase their chances towards a promising future.

Through private donations and community events, TLF collects food, supplies, and money for Haitian organizations that serve children (i.e., orphanages and schools). The TLF Classic Benefit not only raised funds to continue supporting TLF’s partners in Haiti, but it was also a celebration of its remarkable success and growth since TLF’s establishment in 2009.

The evening began with a cocktail hour where traditional dancers and drummers entertained guests while they mingled and surveyed the impressive display of donated items for the silent auction.

Guests then moved to the main dining room elegantly decorated with photos from TLF’s various trips to Haiti, reminding everyone why we were all there. Once guests were seated, MC Christopher Gomez of the aztig urban salon, introduced Haitian poet Jilianne Théodore who performed a heart-wrenching poem about Haiti’s beauty and resilience. Soon after TLF board member, Frederica Stines, came to the podium to give some background on TLF’s roots and development over the past few years. Rachelle Sylvain-Spence, TLF President and Founder, spoke next sharing an emotional thank you to those who believed in her vision and helped the organization grow from just an idea to what it is today. Rachelle then presented awards to two of TLF’s major supporters, UPS Americas Region and the Andrews and Company accounting firm followed by an award to Barbara Seraphin in recognition of her tireless and longstanding philanthropic work in the Haitian community.  In her remarks Mrs. Seraphin spoke of Haiti’s great needs and encouraged the audience not to lose sight of the power of giving even if it seems like “just a drop in the ocean.”

Guests then delighted in a Caribbean themed dinner before ending the night on the dance floor. The benefit raised nearly $12,000.00 and the organization is already looking forward to making the TLF Classic Benefit and annual event.


 

 

 

Committed!

Posted by Rachelle Friday, 19 August 2011 13:08

During the month of May members and volunteers traveled to Haiti to conduct site  inspections and evaluations.  We visited the children from the schools, orphanages and canteens that you are selflessly assisting.  We traveled from North to South, viewed the country scenery and experienced the Haitian people’s way of living in the outskirts of Haiti. We had heart-touching moments, talked, ate, fed and shared stories with the children and the local residents.  More so, we brought a sense of hope and inspired them to achieve greatness.

But it wasn’t all fun and games, we witnessed their suffering and heard their voices, it was loud and clear: “Help us.”  We were humbled by their eternal thankfulness. We heard them cry, we felt their pain and saw their tears; at that moment our mission and purpose were reinforced: continue our efforts to give each child a chance at a promising future.The children have such an amazing thirst for education. They are pleading for better buildings, classrooms, equipment and supplies.  The teachers look for resources to better and further educate the children.

Parents and orphanages seek assistance with food and  proper nutrition.  The elders are hungry.This year, through your kind support and donations, TLF has managed to allocate over $8000.00 US towards food, classroom equipment, beds and mattresses. All the items are purchased and built in Haiti.  The schools, orphanages and canteens that are being supported by TLF  this year (2011) are ( School Pouchino, Foundation des Enfants Vulnerable de Pestel, Roberval International Care Ministries and Mission Macionnique de Saint Jean)  located in Port-au-Prince, Saint Mac, and Pestel.

With your support TLF will remain committed to the children in Haiti and will continue to raise awareness of their plight.


 

Haiti's Everyday Heroes

Posted by Rachelle Friday, 19 August 2011 12:53

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.

   

Haiti Through My Eyes.

Posted by Rachelle Friday, 19 August 2011 12:46

Written by Christine Perrault

The last time I was in Haiti was in 2002… way before the earthquake, and I was anxious as to what I would encounter when I arrived there.     Getting off the plane we are first greeted by a band and secondly by mosquitoes; they are everywhere.     I remember the poverty and the vast amount of people from my last visit, but it seems as if the population in Port au Prince has doubled.  There are so many cars on the road, traffic is horrible, and now there are tents everywhere.   I’m both excited and nervous about driving around the city.

Our first visit is to POUCHINO  school in Delmas.  The students are assembled in a room and are singing when we arrive.   It’s totally surreal that this is happening; Rachelle tears as the kids greet us.  POUCHINO is one of the school that TLF helps by donating school supplies and equipment. The students are happy to see us and are animated with their questions.  They laugh at my accent but are eager to learn phrases in English.    It was an AMAZING visit!!   I left smiling,  knowing that TLF had some positive effect on these children’s lives…

We go to St. Marc the next day to visit two sites.  The first site is a prospective site, a school started by a pastor " Roberval International Care Ministies".    Even though it’s a holiday, the children are there waiting for us.     There school consists of tin shack, with a USA donated tarp as its ceiling.    The Pastor is trying to build a permanent location next door, and is looking to TLF for help.    I’m struck at how little they have and listen to the kids request to school supplies such as notebooks and pencils.   These children want to learn, but it is difficult to, with all grades in one room under a leaky roof with no supplies.   I don’t leave happy like I did the day before.  I’m starting to feel a little overwhelmed.

Our next site in St. Marc is a canteen by the ocean "Mission Maconnique de saint Jean".  We get there in time to help distribute food to the approximately 75 children they feed a day.   I connect with one little girl, and she follows me outside so she can have the “blanc” feed her.      I leave here feeling a better than I did leaving Pastor’s school.     Could it be I connect more with these kids because I know TLF had some impact on them?

Getting to our last site was and adventure,  but once we arrived to "Foundation des Enfants Vulneralble de Pestel" in Pestel, it was worth all the hassle it took to get there.   As in all our visits, the kids are assembled waiting for us and we are greeted by a welcome song.  TLF is helping this site with monetary donations as well as food and clothing.    They are using the donated money to get bunk beds built.   After our tour of their facility, we are brought to their church/meeting place at the center of their village, where we meet some of the elders in their community.   I am struck by the spirit of these elders.   Even though they have lived a hard life, they are happy to see us, and clamor to get one of my “photos” (business cards).

Throughout my visit in Haiti, I couldn’t help notice the psyche of the Haitian people, my people.     Their standard of living is something most Americans can not even imagine.  In addition to this they have been inundated with hardship and tragedy; the political violence, hurricanes, floods and let’s not forget the earthquake.   Despite all this, they follow the notion that “God does not give you more that what you can handle”    They are a strong people who continue to persevere.   It’s wonderful that there are organizations such as TLF that are here to help them with their struggles.

I’m happy to have a small part in this.

 

Open your heart

Posted by Rachelle Thursday, 09 June 2011 18:31

Do you hear their cries?  Do you see their tears?  Do you feel their pain?  We do.

Our children are hungry, our children are ill, our children are homeless.  They are orphans, they are suffering and they are dying.  Our children need you.  Help us secure their future: donate to our cause and join our campaign “Open your eyes and see our children” at www.timounlakayfoundation.org

Your contributions help us:

-Provide beds, mattresses and clean linens at an orphanage.
-Provide food,  treated water at a food bank.
-Assist in providing a safe haven for the earthquake survivors and victims of sexual assault and domesticity.
-Assist in the rebuilding of schools, furnishing classrooms and libraries
-Provide clean clothing and school supplies
-Provide medical supplies at a hospital and community health centers,
-Give hope to a community and restore their sense of self.

Just one dollar ($1.00) makes a difference.

TLF counts on you, our friends to help make a difference.

Timoun Lakay Foundation


   

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