Scott Mandl the Executive Director of Christian Flights International (CFI) will speak at the February 9 meeting of Kiwanis on "Helping Haiti in Crisis." Scott, who has headed CFI for many years is a graduate of the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University.
CFI is a non-denominational, non-profit 30 year old organization which supports a mission located on a six-acre campus near Ranquitte, Haiti, a village in the north central mountains of that country. CFI first visited Haiti in 1977 after having worked in Peru and Jamaica. In 1980 they began a cooperative effort to develop this community with schools, health services, churches, dental services, and construction projects.
Today their work is centered around a school system which is providing a quality education to over 1,000 students! In addition to an very good education, each day they endeavor for all primary school students to get a daily meal and all students get a weekly Bible lesson, to show them that God cares and we care, and to help give them hope and a future. While our focus is the school, we are also strategically helping develop those areas which we believe are critical to the children's future and that of their community.
Following the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti it is inevitable
that there will be an influx of children from surrounding areas
that need to be physically, educationally, and spiritually fed
by their new community.
CFI also provides the following in Ranquitte, Haiti:
1. A Health Clinic which provides care on a "pay-if-you-can" basis. Two registered nurses lead the medical staff.
2. A Clean Water Ministry which seeks to maintain two dozen wells. Wells provide the best chance for clean water, which reduces illness and death.
3. An Agriculture Program to recover stripped land, grow food and provide income.
4. A Happy Homes Program which provides modest but safe and dry new homes for the neediest of the needy. Homes are paid for and built by visiting CFI Teams and recipients are selected by a board of Ranquitte's community leaders.
CFI reports that international aid is pouring into Haiti in a race to save and assist those impacted by the last week's earthquake. The Associated Press is reporting as many as 200,000 may have died, with that many more injured and over 1 million left homeless.
While the quake gave the campus a shake, CFI is thankful that no damage or injuries have been discovered on campus or in Ranquitte. They did, however, lose two students attending college in Port-au-Prince. One of those lost was Gaddy Damas -Folliwn g isn some detailed informnation on Gaddy, justt one of thousands who died in the earchquake.
It appears Gaddy did not survive the earthquake. Gaddy was reported to be studying in his school shortly before the earthquake hit, collapsing the Port-au-Prince building. His father Jerome traveled to see the school and said that rescue personnel determined late in the week there were no survivors.
Gaddy was Karen Salamon Ndzi's brother and Fedrina's son. Karen, Ivy's adopted daughter, said the whole family was close and was finding it hard to believe he is truly gone. "He was a very loving brother," she said. "He loved my mom and was a good brother." She noted he was somewhat the jokester in the family. "He always liked to make us laugh." Gaddy's brother Jeanjean was in Port-au-Prince but escaped injury. He is also survived by another sister Deena.
Gaddy was due to graduate in June with a degree in Linguistics and was fluent in four languages: English, Spanish, French and Creole.
CFI Agriculture Director George Derval traveled to Port-au-Prince last week and reported immense damage. "There is no more Port-au-Prince," he told Mandl. George reported that more than 500 quake victims have come to Ranquitte and they plan to help them as best as they can.
Because of the scope of this catastrophe, CFI will be called on to respond in a number of ways, including providing food, clothing, medical personnel, medical supplies, transportation and more. This aid will be targeted to (but not limited to) those connected with our mission/community, because those are the people we can reach most efficiently and effectively.
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The Christian Flights International (CFI) office is located on the second floor of Harper Square, 2150 Lexington Road / Suite J, Richmond, KY (Just west of I-75 at Exit 90). Direct all inquiries to Scott Mandl / firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: 859-623-6402.
P.S. - Haiti is a member of our Kiwanis family with an active Kiwanis club (the Kiwanis Club of Jérémie) under the leadership of President David Latour. See information at: http://www.kiwanisecc.org/
Read Around the WorldThis event celebrates one-on-one
reading to children. Your February Kiwanis magazine will include
a feature article about how clubs have expanded their Read Around
the World programs to ensure an enduring impact on children in
their communities. For Read Around the World information, contact
Kiwanis International, Branded Programs; phone, 800-875-8755,
x211; e-mail, email@example.com; Web site, http://www.kiwanis.org/ServiceProjects/ReadAroundtheWorld/tabid/284/Default.aspx
American Heart Month Volunteers across the country spend one to four weeks canvassing neighborhoods and providing educational information about heart disease and stroke. Know the warning signs of a heart attack. Call 911. Give CPR. For information, call your local chapter of the American Heart Association or write American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231; phone, 800-AHA-USA1; Web site, www.americanheart.org.
Library Lovers Month This is a month-long celebration of school, public and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the nation's libraries will continue to serve. For information, contact Stephanie Stokes, 1980 Washington, No. 107, San Francisco, California 92109; phone, 415-749-0130; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org/librarylovers.
National Children's Dental Health Month This month focuses on increasing dental awareness and stressing the importance of regular dental care. For information, contact the American Dental Association, 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; catalog sales, 800-947-4746; Web site, www.ada.org.
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