Dear Friends of Ryan Epps Home,
A team of 18 will be travelling to Ryan Epps Home February 21 - 29. The team will be installing wallboard and painting some of the classrooms at the Michaud community school. We will also lay blocks for the walls around the community center property. The Haitian workers dug the trenches for the foundation and are completing the footings for the wall prior to our arrival.
There are currently 19 children at Ryan Epps Home. We have three sponsors waiting for a child. The community school is going well with 120 children in attendance. Each child receives a daily meal. The February team will carry vitamins to Haiti so the school children can receive a vitamin with their meal. As his senior project, Kameron Knight, a senior at Clayton High School, is building playground equipment for the school.
Ryan Epps Home was recently awarded a $25,000 Duke Endowment Grant through the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church. These funds will be used to build a fence between the home and school, to enlarge and complete the outdoor kitchen, to build a storage cupboard and bedroom closets for the home, to construct bunk beds and purchase mattresses, and to increase the height of the security wall to twelve feet around the property. There are smaller projects available as the funds allow. This grant is truly a blessing to Ryan Epps Home. We appreciate the efforts of all who made the grant possible.
In the last week, we were offered the opportunity to purchase property adjacent to our current property (in front of the kitchen). We have been praying for this opportunity, and last week the landowner approached Yvon with an offer. He said that Ryan Epps Home and the community school were doing a good work, and that he was offering the property to us before offering it to others. The property is small, 5 centiemes (about 0.15 acre), but is at a crucial location for our expansion. This property will allow us to have a play area for the children, a garden, expand the kitchen and move vehicle traffic away from the school. We sent Yvon funds to purchase the land. Thank God for this answered prayer.
Thank you for your support and continued prayers. We will send another update upon our return from Haiti.
Al (and Valerie)
929 Mulberry Rd.
Clayton, NC 27520
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