The Reliv Kalogris Foundation is proud to announce the opening of St. John the Baptist National School of Petite-Anse, Haiti. The school building, damaged in the 2010 earthquake, had been declared unsafe for use in case of future earthquakes. The RKF provided funds to upgrade the building for sanctioned use as a functioning elementary school.
RKF support reinforced and refurbished the school building and stocked it with new desks, blackboards and supplies. The school now serves more than 200 children from the surrounding area, grades K-6, and plans are in place to expand the facility to serve more than 500 students, including a trade school for older youth.
The school is located just steps away from the Reliv Kalogris Foundation’s children’s home, opened in May 2011. The children’s home, a three story stand-alone structure with three dormitory-style wings, a fully furnished kitchen and two dining halls, provides housing for more than 40 children, most having lost family in the 2010 earthquake.
“From the beginning, our goal was to give these children not only a home but provide education and job training, as well as supplying our nutritional supplement on a daily basis. Through the generosity of Reliv Distributors and employees, we have reached that goal,” said Reliv Kalogris Foundation Chairman R. Scott Montgomery. “The children are thriving and have developed a new family unit in their home and school. The daily nutritional shakes are provided not only to the children in our home but to the 200+ children from the surrounding neighborhood who are also attending this neighborhood school.”
When the RKF staff visits Haiti in December, an ordinary day turns into Christmas! This year we once again came
armed with presents donated by Reliv employees. Each child received a box of goodies and spent the day playing with outdoor games. This was our second year of sharing Christmas with the orphans at the RKF Children’s Home in Petite-Anse — a tradition we are committed to continuing in the years ahead.
Want to help us bring Christmas to these Reliv kids in 2014? Sign up for our “Be the Change” challenge and you too can experience the joy of Christmas in Haiti. Check out the RKF Facebook page for more details.
The RKF contributed more than $600K in nutritional products and cash to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The relief work continues and our own Distributors are playing a key role in helping those in need.
Their goal is to help 1,500 children in seven evacuation centers in areas hardest hit. This includes providing clean drinking water, mosquito nets, building supplies and food packs, as well as distribution of Reliv nutrition shakes. Our thanks go out to our generous Distributors and our hopes and prayers to the people of the Philippines.