Hunger Relief International

Fighting Hunger and Building Strong Communities!
Third Quarter Report 2012

Rachel Zelon
Executive Director

Ken Patterson
Chair

Dr. Brian Worley
Treasurer

Pastor Raul Bermudez
Secretary

William Sage

Fr. George Eber
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The HRI Energy Efficient Stove Initiative has officially launched!
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Energy Efficient Stove Initiative (7:01)



Success for the Hen and Egg Project
Hen and Egg Project
HRI's Hen and Egg Project
has had a great start in the community of San Antonio Xenacoj, Guatemala. The women participating in the program are generating income for their households and providing the HRI School Feeding Program with highly nutritious eggs which the children love! 
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October 2012
Greetings!

As 2012 begins to wind down I cannot help but feel great pride in all of HRI's successes this year to date.  We have had an outstanding first 9 months, providing critical nutritional support to children and launching new and sustainable initiatives to build strong communities. I am pleased to share these 3rd quarter highlights with you!

Highlights

With your help, HRI has provided 1,127,690 meals from January to September of 2012!

New Safe-T Homes for COEHNA!
Following devastating damage from Tropical Storm Isaac in late August, the orphanage Centre D'Orientation Aux Enfants Necessiteux D'Haiti (COEHNA) was in desperate need of shelter to house the 48 children that live there. HRI is tremendously thankful for the amazing generosity and support of the Sukkup Corporation, Church by the Glades, COEHNA Orphanage Safe-T Homes Speroway and C3 Global for a resounding call to action to partner with HRI to help these orphans in Haiti. Thanks to a team from the Sukkup Corp. and Church By The Glades, 7 Safe-T homes were constructed so that these wonderful children have safe, secure, and dry shelter. The staff and children at COEHNA are grateful and excited about their new shelters!
Girl eating pasta
Velda Rose's Kitchen

In September, HRI launched a new school-feeding program in the community of Los Chilitos, located in the dry corridor of the country. The Government of Guatemala has identified this area as having extremely high rates of childhood malnutrition. A new kitchen, "Velda Rose's Kitchen," was built to accommodate the cooking needs for a student population of 333 children, and the Anthony Family is generously supporting this program. HRI's next challenge in Los Chilitos will be the construction of a new school building. The current building was designed to accommodate 50-75 students, however, with a current population of 333 youngsters, it is certainly an understatement to say that this school is overcrowded. The Mayor of the municipality has already committed $11,000 towards the construction of a new school!

A new school for the community of Agua Zarca!
New school in Agua Zarca

Thanks to the partnership of Pine Summit Baptist Church and their terrific team of volunteers, the community of Agua Zarca has a new school building that provides protection against the elements and a dignified environment for children to learn. The new school was inaugurated on September 28th with a big ceremony and celebration!

Featured Program Update
HRI Partners with OSU Professor to expand Garden Initiative in Haiti

In August HRI was fortunate to have Dr. Lynn Brandenberger, OSU horticultural professor and extensionist, travel to Haiti for a second time to continue the expansion of the Garden Initiative in orphanages supported by HRI. The following is an excerpt from a letter Dr. Brandenberger wrote following his return:

  Dr. Lynn Brandenberger with his new friends at Foyer Des Enfants De Jesus

"To sum the week up, I'd have to say that the children that we worked with were excited about learning and showed that excitement with the efforts that they put into the gardens that we helped start. God bless Hunger Relief International and their efforts to make a difference in the lives of the children of Haiti. I would also be remiss if I didn't let you know that I'm now in love with Haitian food. . . especially after eating lunch at the Boussol Timone orphanage."            

 

Please click here to read Dr. Brandenberger's full letter.

As we make our way into autumn the leaves begin to change colors, the air turns crisp and we are reminded of the great cycle of renewal that Mother Nature brings every year. This is what HRI strives to bring to the children and families that benefit from our programs. Our nutritional support programs give children a second chance at growing up healthy, our community development programs work to strengthen communities and our income generating programs provide opportunities to rebuild lives. I invite all of you to share in the joy of giving children and families a chance to renew their lives through exciting partnerships with HRI.

 

Sincerely,

Rachel Zelon
Executive Director

Hunger Relief International

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Hunger Relief International is committed to alleviating childhood hunger through nutritional feeding programs, improving access to education, establishing income generating projects and implementing critical development activities that will create self-sustaining families and communities around the world.


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