Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the third hungriest country in the world. 80% of the population lives below the level of absolute poverty. Malnutrition strikes 3 out of 4 children. Less than half of the population has access to health care. There are 3,970 babies born infected with the HIV virus each year, over 11 each day. The average life expectancy is age 50.  Recent statistics put the unemployment rate at 70%, and over half of the population is illiterate.

We feel as though God is tugging on our hearts towards the most southern peninsula in Haiti. Pestel is located in one of the most remote mountainous areas along the Caribbean Sea. It is mostly cut off from major cities and was completely reliant on the coffee trade for its survival. There is still some market for small crops, such as potatoes and bananas, but it is mostly local and does not bring in enough for a family to survive. This is where we feel at CQI that there is so much potential for these families. We currently are responsible at this time for 3 children and the numbers are growing, we have most recently decided that all of our efforts are going towards organizing and opening an orphanage in June of this year. The orphanage will house a total of or around 12 or more children with a less than perfect situation, these children that have been selected are pictured below. This is our short-term goal for this year, all future plans and goals depend on continual sponsorships.

We are seeking sponsorships for the children that are chosen to reside in the orphanage. We feel as though there is little to no hope for those selected. They are suffering from malnutrition as well as a less than pleasant home life. With your help, children living in poverty have access to life-changing benefits, like medical care, educational support, and life skills. In this year we hope to obtain sponsorship for 12 other children who will continue to reside with their families within the community. 

Children need loving caregivers, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation, education, opportunity and safety. We want to help the community of Pestel fill those gaps for children, and your monthly contributions make that work possible. When we combine your donations with support from other sponsors of children in the same community, all the children there benefit, because their whole environment is being transformed. Until you go and see what their life is like, it’s hard to wrap your head around what a sponsorship means. These are real people with real lives, We would love for you to


Help us reach these goals with a sponsorship of 30$ a month.  We are on the verge of something that is much greater than us and we are so excited to start this new work. Join us in praying for this community and to reach our goals that we have set for the year as well as for the future.


Madeleine Velny