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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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In Loving Memory

Posted by Rachelle Wednesday, 12 January 2011 14:10

One year ago today, one of nature’s most devastating disasters rocked Haiti.  A 7.0 magnitude earthquake crippled the country and her people.  We lost, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, friends and colleagues.  Many became and remain homeless while others are haunted emotionally and physically reminded of that Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 2010.

As we grieve our lost and celebrate the lives that have transitioned, we at Timoun Lakay Foundation extend our warmest heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all affected and touched by this event.  

Thank you to those who heard the cries and lent a helping hand.  We are forever grateful.

Forever in peace and love,

Timoun Lakay Foundation

 

Season's Greetings

Posted by Rachelle Wednesday, 22 December 2010 16:36

Dear Friends,

Timoun Lakay Foundation (TLF) wishes you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Holiday Season and thanks you once again for your continuous support and trust. We are honored and consider you a friend.

2010 was and continues to be a challenging year for many impoverished people around the world. Our beloved Haiti was hit with a massive earthquake, followed by a cholera outbreak where children died and it continues to affect many more. Because of you, we touched the lives of several hundred people by providing food, water, medical supplies, shelter, clean clothing, emotional support , education, school supplies, and even toys for the holidays. Even more importantly you helped to give a sense of hope. But we’re not done yet. Today there are many more orphaned children who deserve your love. Some of them are unsafe, unable to read, hungry, unhealthy, and require shelter.

TLF has renewed its commitment to the children’s cause in Haiti. In 2011 our campaign isn’t just to raise money for Haiti, but to elevate conciousness concerning the plight of Haiti’s children by reaching out to local, national, and international communities. We hope to get each and every friend, like you, to open their eyes and see our children.

Please join us in this noble campaign by donating to our cause and/or volunteering your time to make a profound difference in a child’s life.

We are forever thankful and grateful for your support!

 

Many Blessings,

Timoun Lakay Foundation

 

TLF Toy Drive

Posted by Rachelle Monday, 22 November 2010 17:53

TLF Holiday Giving Toy Drive

Please help us touch lives and  bring smiles to the displaced children of Haiti affected by the Earthquake this holiday season.

 Unwrapped toys and gift cards can be dropped off at the following locations:

San Michele
1343 Saint Tropez, Weston, FL  33326

aztig urban salon
1641 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston, FL  33326

Pakmail
1112 Weston Rd., Weston, FL  33326

Destinations Transport Group Inc. dba AVIS Car Rental
6901 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL  33411

Purchase a Gift Card online
www.amway.com/yournewbeginning
Item#: 747910

 

   

Down But Not Out

Posted by Rachelle Thursday, 26 August 2010 09:11

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.

 

Open Letter From The President of TLF

Posted by Rachelle Wednesday, 28 April 2010 06:14

Haiti you are in our hearts. Haiti you have touched our souls.

One can only imagine the pain and agony that ravaged this pearl and traumatized its people. Haiti, my beloved country, you have suffered so much through the years and still you continue to stand strong. My Haitian brothers and sisters, you have redefined the meaning of the word resilience. Our ancestors would be proud, as I am today.

Read more: Open Letter From The President of TLF

   

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