I promised you some good news about the HOH. We waited until this week to tell you, because it was supposed to be officially over today, the Universal Children's Day. Unfortunately, Haiti is in a bit of a riot stage through this past weekend and the event had to be postponed. But we will be nice and won't make you wait to hear our news.
This year, the House of Hope was awarded a special award for it's work with vulnerable children in Haiti. This award is given out annually in Haiti by the Network of Christian Organizations for the Development and Promotion of Children (ROCHEPE). The members of this committee are from organizations working in Haiti including: Compassion International, World Vision, Tearfund, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Medical Teams International as well as numerous others from within Haiti.
Linda and 6 kids from the HOH were supposed to attend an award ceremony in Port-au-Prince this evening, but unfortunately, the unrest has kept them from going. It is uncertain when the ceremony will be rescheduled.
Our faces were much like Widson's here when we heard the news. (Isn't he doing great by the way? His casts were recently removed). It's not often we hear about, much less receive such things and we wanted to share it with you.
The HOH has been doing this great work of bringing hope to children and youth who need it for 62 years now. It is very hard work, but it is extremely rewarding as well. And none of it could happen without you our faithful partners.
So, in spite of the fact that we didn't actually receive the award yet (it is to come with a financial donation), we want to thank you for your part in helping us receive this recognition. It's not why we work -- but it does feel good sometimes, to be noticed and appreciated.