The children that come to the orphanage come from severe poverty but are treated well and cared for in the orphanage. The orphanage employs 10 Haitians to care for the 112 children and is overseen by one pastor--Sam is the only volunteer and his role is to collect paperwork from the various cities that the children are from. Since Sam does not have a car, he can only travel to the cities when the pastor or other workers are traveling and can offer him a lift. Sam recently went on a trip to collect documentation for children in town and made a lot of progress in those few hours. However, Sam explained that he would really need a couple days worth of time in the towns to gather information.
The particular orphanage that Sam works with is not as invested in adoption as they are in caring for the children to stay in Haiti. While in the orphanage, the children are treated quite well and cared for. Sam explained that this is a blessing to the children but creates one crucial problem. When the children age out of the orphanage and have to return to life in Haiti independently, they tend to be unprepared for the challenges that come with supporting themselves. Used to being cared for, the aged out youth are not fully equipped to lead a successful Haitian life.
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This is where the Big Vision comes in! Sam acknowledges the need for more preparation for the soon-to-age-out youth so that when they do have to leave the orphanage, they are able to make money to support themselves. Sam's not sure exactly what this will look like, but please be praying that God would inspire Sam with ideas and provide the resources to develop a program to help the older children!
In a previous post, Sam expressed the need to purchase a car. This is still a need as Sam's ability to gather information on the children would greatly increase if he were able to drive between the rural towns. Since noticing this need for a car, Sam has saved his regular monthly allowance that would be used toward food and has instead chosen to eat what the orphanage was providing him. In any way he can, Sam has been saving money to purchase a vehicle. If you would like to support Sam in the purchase of a vehicle, you can do so by sending a check to the organization he works through, called Global Vision Citadelle Ministries (GVCM). Here are further instructions:
Write the check to: GVCM
DO NOT put his name on the check, but write a note saying this support is for Samuel Evans
Address letters/checks to:
PO Box 880817
Port Saint Lucie, FL
Samuel greatly appreciates your prayers, support, and Facebook messages. His calling to be in Haiti is so clear as God has provided great opportunities. In a recent visit by one of the representatives of GVCM, the representative said that Sam's integration with the language has greatly improved. (Check out the last post--this is an answer to prayer!) He demonstrates strong qualities and is really growing. Thank you for your support in every way!
Update written and posted by Ellie Evans (Sam's sister).