BEFORE HAITI WAS HIT BY A DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE IN 2010, HAITI WAS ALREADY ONE OF THE POOREST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD!
In 2010, Haiti was hit by a devastating 7.0 Mw earthquake. Approximately 220,000-316,000 people are thought to have died, including 96 UN peacekeepers and 122 U.S citizens. Over 300,000 were injured, while another 300,000 were displaced from their homes. Even before the deadly earthquake, Haiti was one of the world’s poorest countries. The country was already awash in orphans, with 380,000 children living in orphanages or group homes.
HOW WE BEGAN
Today’s Promises foundation started as a continuation of the work initiated by its original associates in Haiti who established an orphanage for children in various distressed situations following the 2010 earthquake. Most of the children had lost their parents during the earthquake or were abandoned by their families or relatives who could not care for them after the earthquake.
Phase 1 – Mission Accomplished!
Phase 1 of our mission focused on supporting the children of this orphanage who were living in a dilapidated building that lacked electricity and running water. Today’s Promises foundation launched an initiative to move the children to a better location.
Phase 1 of our mission was accomplished when our foundation helped relocate the children of this orphanage to a better facility with improved living conditions. Located in the capital, Port-au-Prince, the children now live in a safe and secure home with electricity, running water, and sufficient resources to provide for their basic human needs.
Promising to skill the unskilled hand
Promising to feed the hungry mouth
Promising to educate the child
Promising to shelter the body
Promising to bring hope to the hopeless
Promising to be all that we can be
To bring empowerment, education, food, shelter, love, and hope to the impoverished children of Haiti. Managing relationships and using our voices and individual talents, we aim to build a powerful force that will steer positive change with immediate results.
To improve the standard of care for vulnerable children in Haiti by setting up facilities that cater to the well-being of children and help them realize their full potential. It is our goal to raise healthy, happy, well-adjusted children with the knowledge and skills to ultimately reintegrate into the community as responsible, productive, self-sufficient adults. We want our children to be the promising future of Haiti.
Phase 2 – In Progress
With the first orphanage operational and self-sufficient, phase 2 is now well underway. In partnership with established members of the Haitian community, the second phase of our mission brings exciting new plans and possibilities. In 2018, the foundation leased an 8,000 sq. ft. home that will soon become the Today’s Promises Academy of Haiti — a residential facility where children live, learn, and flourish. More than your typical Haitian orphanage, Today’s Promises aims to nurture the whole child — physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Today’s Promises Academy is located in a secure environment with clean running water and electricity. It will include a children’s dormitory, cafeteria, auditorium, educational and recreational areas, medical facility, and areas for the children to grow vegetables and rear chickens as a source of fresh food. Today’s Promises will proudly offer a Young Entrepreneur Program, teaching children essential life and vocational skills.
Caring for the children on-site will be a live-in house mother, cook, cleaning and security staff, counselors, and educators. The foundation is currently working to prepare, furnish, and equip the facility so it is fully operational before the arrival of its new residents. The first 21 children will move into Today’s Promises Academy in the summer of 2019.
It is our aim to grow the academy and raise healthy, happy, well-adjusted children with the knowledge and skills to ultimately reintegrate into the community as responsible, productive, self-sufficient adults. We are offering… Today’s Promises for a brighter future tomorrow.
Short Term / Immediate Objectives
- Prepare Today’s Promises Academy to be fully operational in the Summer of 2019.
- Relocate children to their new home during the Summer of 2019.
- Secure donations for emergency provisions and interventions as needed for food, clothing, healthcare, and education for the children.
- Define organizational policies and ethics and develop standard operating procedures in support of strategic operational and financial goals.
- Establish policies and training on recruitment of caregivers, financial management, and prevention of child abuse.
- Develop a business plan for the organization with local supporters.
- Build relationships with key stakeholders such as the government, child rights organizations, sponsors, etc.
Long Term Objectives
- Raise sufficient funds to expand the permanent structures at the site.
- Develop the facility into a state-of-the-art orphanage with recreational facilities and a vocational skills training center.
- Introduce animal welfare programs.
- Achieve financial sustainability.
Today’s Promises, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable foundation incorporated in the state of Tennessee. Financial donations received in the United States are issued a tax-deductible receipt.
In direct response to the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Today’s Promises, Inc. was formed to improve the conditions, standard of care, and the future of vulnerable children of Haiti. It is the vision of Today’s Promises to provide a home for orphaned and abandoned children.
The Today’s Promises Academy of Haiti will be more than the standard orphanage. It will nurture the whole child — physically, mentally, and emotionally. It will include a children’s dormitory, cafeteria, auditorium, educational and recreational areas, medical facility, and areas for the children to grow vegetables and rear chickens as a source of fresh food. Adoptions, family reunions, and community reintegration will be important aspects of our work.
It is our long-term goal to raise healthy, happy, well-adjusted children with the knowledge and skills to ultimately reintegrate into the community as responsible, productive, self-sufficient adults.
The core principles of the organization are centered on offering spiritual comfort, nurturing healthy mental and physical development, and in building a community spirit. These are key to rearing children to be successful members of their community.
SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES
Below are the primary activities of the organization:
- Supply emergency services for children in dire need. Such services may include basic healthcare, temporary accommodations, counseling, and/or education. The level of help is dependent upon the availability of resources.
- Provide long-term care for children housed at the facility, including healthcare, education, and basic necessities such as food and clothing.
- Provide counseling services for emotional and psychological support.
- Organize family outreach events and support community reunification and reintegration programs..
- Provide skills and training to the children so they are self-sufficient when they leave the orphanage.
- Provide transition services and counseling to children when they leave the orphanage.
KEY PEOPLE IN THE ORGANIZATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rick Langley, Chairman
Rick has traveled the globe throughout his accomplished career working with multiple industries and adapting to multiple cultures. His perseverance and determination lead to success in every project he undertakes. He never accepts “no” or “we can’t” as an answer because he is a firm believe that the sky is the limit and everyone must keep climbing to reach their dreams. A dedicated philanthropist, he believes, “Life is a faucet. It flows through you and it’s your responsibility to pass it forward.” The children of Today’s Promises are fortunate to have him in their corner.
Janet Wynn, Executive Director
Dr. Janet Wynn believes, “The true value of education is not what it can do for you, but what it enables you to do for others.” Embracing this principle, Dr. Wynn has dedicated most of her career to creating quality educational opportunities for children and adults of all ages. She has traveled the U.S. teaching and consulting. She has been a strong advocate for disadvantaged and special needs children. Today’s Promises is fortunate to secure Dr. Wynn’s leadership, passion, and experience to benefit our children.
Sebastian Serrell-Watts, Director of Operations
Sebastian is a business executive with more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing, financial services, entertainment, and pharmaceuticals. A philanthropist throughout his career, Sebastian has seasoned expertise in capital raising, sales, and global marketing to offer to the foundation. Today’s Promises is fortunate to secure his talents to further the benefit and well-being of our children.
John Sessa, Director of Marketing
Dr. John Sessa is known for his passion and compassion, which he uses to help the less fortunate. An animal rights activist, he founded the <a href=”https://www.vanderpumpdogs.org/”>Vanderpump Dog Foundation</a> and the <a href=”http://www.stopyulinforever.org/”>Stop Yulin Forever</a> movement. “I stand by the idealized philosophy that every living creature has a soul that feels deeply.” This philosophy guides John’s work with Today’s Promises. Having earned his doctorate degree in international business and global finance, he applies his knowledge and passion to help create a better life for children and animals.
Moïse Estiverne, Operations Advisor
Moïse is an accomplished lawyer. He has dedicated his life to fighting for justice and equality for the underprivileged. He has been working with the group “Combat Social Injustice.” We are pleased to have him as an advisor for our operations in Haiti.
Vyvyan Campbell, Advisor
Vyvyan’s diverse career in television and film spans over 30 years and several continents. Vyvyan has achieved an outstanding reputation as a producer in lifestyle and reality television.
Lauren Charles, Youth Coordinator
As the Youth Coordinator, Lauren is passionate about touching the lives of children and providing them with the essentials needed to survive. She believes, “every child deserves to be happy and glad to be alive.” She is an enthusiastic member of our organization, striving to help children lead a better life.
Paula Hoisington, Communications Advisor
Ms. Hoisington is the spokesperson for Net Communications, a firm specializing in regulatory policy and analysis, public affairs, and advancing diversity. She is a liaison with CEOs and senior management of major communications. She develops regulatory strategies, coordinates public policy forums, and facilitates the establishment of corporate and community-based coalitions.
Lea Black, Advisor
Mother, wife, philanthropist, author, television personality, political activist, and entrepreneur are all titles that can be claimed by Lea Black. A Texas native, Lea moved to Miami in the late 1980s and quickly rose to the heights of Miami society. Her passion and experience are welcomed and appreciated at Today’s Promises.
Stinphil Stenio, Legal Advisor
Born in 1949, Judge Stinphil Stenio is married and has two daughters. He earned his law degree in 1980 and later became a judge of the Court of the First instance of the Croix-des-Bouquests. He has worked on legislation and amendments to the Haiti Constitution. Judge Stenio will advise our team on legal issues in Haiti.