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    Oh So Thankful

    As we are starting to make preparations to celebrate the hope and joy of the Christmas season with the children here, our expat staff can't help but pause and be overwhelmed with gratitude as our traditional Canadian and United States Thanksgiving holidays come to pass. This season of giving thanks can't be had without looking at all of the blessings that we are able to heap on the children here as a result of your prayers and generous giving. God's Littlest Angels isn't a long t...

  • We Need Your Help Today!

    Running an orphanage and school for the children is expensive.  Just providing the essentials like food, water, medicine, and supplies takes constant fundraising each month.Donations have dropped off for the last 6 months.  I do not know why donations have been less, whether it's the economy or just lack of interest, but God's Littlest Angels has been struggling!

  • John Bickel in Cardiac Unit for 2 days

    Hi Everyone!  Just wanted to bring you up to date on what is happening with John and me (Dixie).  Your prayers are needed.We have been in the States since the 10th of September.

  • For All Adoptive Families Who Have Left with your Children Please Read This

    Hi, this is Dixie. I have a favor to ask.We are trying to update our records for all of the adoptive families who have already taken children home.  We know that addresses for some have changed and emails especially have changed.

  • For All Adoptive Families Who Have Left with your Children Please Read This

    Hi, this is Dixie. I have a favor to ask.We are trying to update our records for all of the adoptive families who have already taken children home.  We know that addresses for some have changed and emails especially have changed.

  • Hurricane Irma Passed Haiti Without Damage to GLA

    We just wanted everyone to know that Hurricane Irma passed by Haiti during the night last night.  We had some rain and little bit of wind but no damage at the orphanage.  Friends in Cap Haitian also said the same thing.

  • Unpredictable Hurricane Irma coming our way!

    The weather reports say Hurricane Irma might hit Haiti but then some say the eye should be north of us and only the northern cities are under a hurricane warning. So we really do not know what to expect at this time.We are taking precautions and boarding up windows at the school just to be safe.  All of the children including our three babies in incubators will all go into the first floor of the school probably on Thursday if the rain and winds come our way.

  • Hurricane Coming Toward Haiti! Keep Everyone in Haiti in your Prayers!

    Hurricane Irma looks like it is coming straight toward Haiti.  We will know more about it's path hopefully on Monday.  Southern Haiti still has not recovered from the devastating wind and rain that came with Hurricane Matthew back in October of 2016.

  • The Babies at GLA Need Your Help...

    We need your help to pay our bills.  It is difficult for me to write that sentence but it's true and we are having a difficult time paying our electric, water, propane for cooking, diesel for the generators and our other bills that are due.  Your donations are what keep God's Littlest Angels functioning.

  • Check Out The Move to Fort Jacques. Please Help Cover the Costs!

    We are all living at Fort Jacques now except for the Guest House which is still located in Thomassin 32.  This move has been difficult for John and I.  We have lived in the Thomassin area since 1995.

  • We Need Your Help to Give Every Child the Gift of School

    As of this morning, we have 56 children who still need to be sponsored to attend school. Your response has been phenomenal and now we need your help in the final push to support each child who signed up for the program! The quickest way to help is simply by sharing this blogpost, photo and/or website link in any combination! Take the leap of faith today to change these kids' lives by giving them and other children in our community the gift of school.

  • We need funds to move the babies to their new home. Can you help?

    When we let you know of our need for some extra hands and some skilled workers, we received several inquiries from people wanting to help.  Now thankfully we have a few extra volunteers coming in the next month to help with the building that needs to take place before we can move the babies to Fort Jacques.  We want to thank everyone who is coming to help.The building part of the move is also going well but we are running low on funds to keep preparing the buildings.

  • We Need People with Construction Experience to Come to Haiti Now! If We Do Not Get Help, We Cannot Move in July.

    This is Dixie and I've been out of Haiti for the last 6 weeks with severe back problems and so have not been here to help at all.  I just returned to Haiti on Friday and I'm feeling the stress of trying to make sure we get moved to Fort Jacques and have a place for the babies and the staff to live. If You Have a Skill for putting up drywall, installing doors, finishing bathrooms, installing electrical outlets, installing kitchen cabinets or figuring out how to barricade a raili...

  • Change Your Worldview

    If you've been to #glahaiti you know these children capture your heart in a way that words can't adequately explain. To be sure, when you come to visit; when you sit with one child or ten of them; laugh and play with them; when you experience their love and joy --- your worldview will be reshaped for the better and you'll realize all the more poignantly that YOU were called to a life of service, mission and purpose.Of course countries, time zones or people groups may changes from person to perso...

  • We Need Your Help! Please Give Today!

    The needs of the orphanage never stop.  The kids need medicine, hygiene products, food, schooling supplies, and clothing.  We need funds to pay teachers, nurses, nannies, kitchen staff, cleaning staff, laundry staff, drivers, adoption staff, and construction workers.

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    Two Staff Positions Still Needing To Be Filled.

    We desperately need people in Haiti to help with the building and maintenance of the Fort Jacques campus.  You would be supervising the national staff who do the plumbing and masonry work, but they do not know much about building with wood.  You would be right in the middle of the work and working alongside of our national workers.If you think you qualify for either position, and would like to join the GLA staff in Haiti, please contact Mrs.

  • We Need Some Special Workers! Could That Special Worker Be You?

    We need a couple of workers to lay Ceramic Tile in the house where we are moving the GLA offices.  Anyone willing to come down and lay the tile so it will be ready for us to move into the house?The house  will also be used for staff housing. We need this done very soon since we are moving the offices up at the beginning of July.  The house is about 2,000 square feet on one level.We are asking for volunteers who can pay their own airfare if we provide room and board while you are h...

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    God's Blessings Surround Us!

    Sometimes when I grow weary and just want to take a holiday from all of the sickness and misery surrounding me, I lift my eyes up and see the mountains and beauty of Haiti and my strength is renewed!Sunday morning church services on the balcony with the backdrop of the mountains behind Pastor Joel makes it feel like God is right there, I could reach out and touch him!  The beauty takes my breath away!But the poverty, sickness and the daily difficulties for the people of Haiti are there even...

  • We Are Moving But We Need Help!

    We are moving in July!  We have already started packing boxes of things like books and toys. We have already taken several loads up to store at Fort Jacques.

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    We Think It's Time for YOU to Come to Haiti!

     If you got our last newsletter, you saw the news that we are planning on moving the main house up to our Fort Jacques property by August 1st. Our main house is home to our offices, our NICU, two nurseries, Dixie & John, and countless staff. As you can imagine – this will be a big job! Moving everyone up there means we will not have to pay rent for another year on the main house which will allow us to use that money for other permanent building projects at Fort Jacques.

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    Hurricane Distribution for the Kenscoff Community

    Two weeks ago, we distributed seeds and goats to the people in the hurricane affected areas around the community of Kenscoff.  Kenscoff is a county seat here in Haiti.  It covers a lot of the mountain area between Petionville and Jacmel.

  • Hundreds of houses damaged and 2500 animals lost around the Kenscoff area of Haiti.

    We are so thankful to everyone who has donated toward the repair of the orphanage from the damage caused by hurricane Matthew.  We have received enough donations to repair our buildings.  But now we need to look outside of GLA and into the community around us.We received a report today from the Mayor's office in Kenscoff.

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    Seventy-five Students will not be attending school if we can't find more sponsors!

    For 2016, GLA had 346 students come and apply for school sponsorship.  These are children whose parents are not able to pay for their schooling.  The only way these children can go to school is if they receive financial help for their tuition!

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    Make a difference! Come Live and Work in Haiti!

    For all staff and volunteer information, please contact our OFFICE STAFF.NEW POSITIONS IN HAITI ARE OPEN!To Apply, contact our US office by clicking here or call 719-638-4348 and ask to talk to Jean. Handy Man Needed: Looking for someone who can work with our team at Fort Jacques to keep things fixed.  Will be doing daily maintenance and working on projects with the rest of the staff.  Would consider a volunteer for the summer just to help us get caught up with the projects waitin...

  • Help Us Send a Container to Haiti on July 29!

    Plans have changed on the date we will send a container to Haiti.  It will now take place on July 29th! As usual, John and I will be apart for our wedding anniversary and he will be in the States loading this container to send to Haiti!

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    Help Us Send Supplies to Haiti for the Orphanage...

    God's Littlest Angels has a warehouse in Colorado Springs that is full of food, furniture, and medical items to send to Haiti. We have enough to fill a 40 foot container part way but need your help to fill it the rest of the way with items we desperately need in Haiti! Many of the items that we need are difficult to find in Haiti.

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    We Need Your Help To Feed The Children!

    In March and April, we had 8 babies come in to the orphanage.  Six of the children are here for assistance.  We are seeing more and more children coming who are sick or the mother has died and we need your help in caring for these children.

  • The Hills Of Haiti are Alive With The Sound Of Music!

    Hope Music School Music is in the soul of all Haitians I think.  My staff sing all day long and sometimes dance with the kids or just along to a song. They hear music and their feet start moving! Most churches have bands that play during the service on Sunday.  I was up at 3 AM last night and I could hear music coming from somewhere outside our gate even at that time of the morning!

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    A day That changed so many lives

      January 12,2010 is a day that changed many lives. It definitely changed the lives of those of us at GLA!  I will never forget sitting at my desk at the end of the day, getting ready for supper time, and all of a sudden my bookcase started to rattle and shake!

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    2015 Is Coming To An End

    I cannot believe that we are almost into 2016!  A lot of things have happened in 2015.  We are working on the "year in review" to send out to everyone so you can see what has happened at GLA.  We have had long term staff leave and a new short term family come to Haiti.  We have had children join their forever families and a few new children come into the orphanage. I think the biggest change that we have had are the number of children who have come for assistance this year.&n...

  • Merry Christmas from everyone at God's Littlest Angels!

    Merry Christmas everyone and THANK YOU so much for your incredible support!! Each year seems to pass so quickly here in Haiti.  I think it's because we are so busy that the days flow together and the next thing we know...it's Christmas again! The last two years have been difficult financially for GLA.  Our income was cut in half when adoptions were held up for so long.  We cut down on some of our programs, put some full time staff on part time status, have schedules for when the g...

  • Just when I say that we can't take any more babies, God sends a 3 pound baby to our Gate!

    If you read my last blog, you are aware of the bills we have here in Haiti needing to be paid and the stress that is causing us all.  I told the staff that we would not be taking any children for assistance or adoption for a little while until things got better. As usual, when I say something like that, God sends a baby to our gate!  Sure enough, tonight three workers from the ministry of public health brought a mother and father with a 3 pounds 9 ounce baby to our gate.  They sai...

  • Please Make a Donation! We need your help today!

    Our funding has been down for the last few months.  We do not have enough to pay our bills here in Haiti.  We need diesel fuel to run the generators so that we can run the incubator and oxygen machines, run the lights and computers for the school program, and to put fuel in the trucks so they can shop for food for the orphanage. Our current diesel bill is $15,000 and we use $12,000 of fuel per month. We need to pay our water bill which is $1900 for each month and we owe two months wort...

  • All of the Students are SPONSORED! Praise God!

    Good News!  All of the students are sponsored for school and we want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who decided to sponsor a child! Sponsoring a student is truly a life changing decision for these children and they are very thankful.  They promise that they will work hard in school this year.  They all send you a big MESI! (thank you) 

  • Looking for 10 People Wanting to Make a Difference in the Life of a Child!

    All of the children in the Education Sponsorship Program have sponsors except for 10 students!  That means more than 350 children are going to have the funds to attend school!  These last 10 children need your help.  They want to attend school too!  They want to fulfill their dreams and plans for the future. But unfortunately their families cannot pay for their education.  They need your help! Most of the children here have been in the program for a few years.  This...

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    Work Teams Needed to Help Finish the Inside of the New Guest House

    The progress on the new Guest House is amazing!  We stopped for just a bit while we build a trash house to help handle the load of the additional garbage that we have at Fort Jacques.  With the Toddler House is there and the Guest House finished in the next year, we must get the trash secured so that rodents are not attracted to it. But so far, the first story of the guesthouse is almost finished with the outside walls having gone up 3/4 of the way!  We are so excited to see the p...

  • Adoption News

    I have never been gone from Haiti for more than 7 weeks until this year!  I went out to the States to do fundraising on April 10th and did not return until the last of July.  That is a long time for me, but I spent 2 months fundraising with John by my side and then a month taking care of family matters.  Here in Haiti lot of things took place while I was gone. Several children went home with their adoptive parents while I was not here.  Made me sad to not be here when they le...

  • The Kids Need Your Help!

    Each of these children are counting on your help so that their daily needs are met!  We have generous donors who help monthly by sponsoring a child and their sponsorship helps provide for some of the food, clothing, schooling, medical care, and pay the bills needed to keep the children housed.  But sponsorship does not cover all of the expenses. Adoptions used to help with the support of the children but now it is taking a year or more for the children to be proposed to their forever f...

  • Help Us Care for the Children!

    Hi, John and I are in the States visiting new churches that we have never visited before.  We hope to motivate people to support the orphanage and help provide needed food, medication, fuel for the generators so the kids have lights and clean clothes, and water for the children to drink.  But right now, GLA is low on funds.  It's been awhile since I have asked our donors to help with a crisis but we desperately need funds to keep caring for the children.  We used to received ...

  • IBESR News and Rumors

    I wanted to give you some news I have received in the last few days about IBESR and the adoption process.  Now some of this news is second hand and some I know from our own experience but just want to let you know that sometimes things said by IBESR personnel never happen.  We deal with different people in IBESR and sometimes each will give you a different answer to the same question!  This inconsistency carries through to the whole adoption process. 1. First I wanted to tell you ...

  • What has been happening at GLA?

    Hi!  It's been a month since I've written a blog post.  So much has happened and I apologize for not being able to just sit down and let you know about it all. News from Fort Jacques First let me tell you about what has taken place since the break in at Fort Jacques.  We have hired a security company to provide guards 24/7.  This has given the staff and children a feeling of security that they needed.  Four of the foreign staff have had a chance to travel out of Haiti an...

  • The Day After...

    It's impossible to not sit and think about what happened and to not go over the "What ifs" in our heads the day after the attack on Fort Jacques.  What if we had thought about the thieves throwing poison out to the dogs before the dogs had a chance to eat any hot dogs?  We knew that thieves do this routinely, why didn't we think of the possibility quicker?  What if we had more lighting around the property?  What if we didn't have such thick fog that night and could have seen ...

  • A Wonderful Surprise Visit!

    Just after the Christmas Holiday, we received a surprise visit from Rocky and Marla MUNRO who live in Alberta, Canada.  They had adopted two children in 1999 named Tia and Jean Nixon (Tyrone).  Tia is now 17 years old and in her last year of high school.  She says she would like to be a nurse. Tyrone is in grade 10.  Then in 2010, they were in the process of adopting Moustapha (Izak) and Melissa (Isla) when the earthquake struck.  The children were evacuated to Canada sh...

  • 20th Anniversary of God's Littlest Angels in Haiti!

    John and I started GLA on Christmas Day 1994.  That was 20 years ago!  Time has gone by so fast.  We have lived in Haiti 23 1/2 years.  When we came to Haiti, John and I had made a commitment to stay for 3 years, but Haiti is our home now and in our hearts.  I don't know if I can ever leave! We were living and working at the Baptist Haiti Mission in 1994 and early on Christmas morning a premature baby was born at the mission hospital.  It was a baby girl and she wei...

  • Sometimes "Thank You" is not said enough...

    But I will call upon the Lord to save me—and he will. I will pray morning, noon, and night, pleading aloud with God; and he will hear and answer.   Psalm 55: 16- 17 Living Bible Sometimes "Thank You" is not said enough whether it is us thanking God for listening and answering our prayers or saying "Thank You" to our Donors and Prayer Warriors who support us every day!   As many of you know, we have been very busy this last month with all kind of things going on such as the mo...

  • Today is #GivingTuesday! Help GLA Start Off the Christmas Giving Season with a BANG!

     Today is #GivingTuesday!  It is a day to give to a charity   of your choice! #GivingTuesday was started 2 years ago by a group of donors who wanted to give back during the Christmas giving season.  It is a movement to create a national day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. The founders wanted to fight the commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.

  • The GLA 2015 Calendars Are Ready To Order!

       They are being printed and will be ready for delivery mid November. The calendars will make great Christmas gifts! If you are interested in ordering a calendar for yourself or for gifts order them soon.

  • Orphan Sunday 2 November 2014

    "Defend the cause of the fatherless..." Isaiah 1:17 Orphan Sunday is a day for your church to focus on the plight and reality of orphans around the world.  With a focus on God’s heart for the orphan and the call to Christians to act on their behalf.  Some churches are using all month to collect donations to help the orphans of the world because November is also National Adoption Month. Due to our new adoption law in Haiti, the fees given to an orphanage to care for the children is bein...

  • Adoption News, Container News, and Sponsorship News!

     Thought I would give some random updates here today!  Sorry the Adoption News is so long!  Warning there is a lot of ! marks in my blog today because I'm passionate about these things!!! LOL  DONATE Now  Container News The container of food and orphanage supplies was packed on Monday is now on it's way to Haiti!  It was an all day effort and thankfully a lot of volunteers and staff were in Colorado getting it all sorted and packed so that every available inch of th...

  • Please Make a Difference in the Life of a Child with School Sponsorship!

    We only had 2 people who signed up to sponsor one of the children still needing funds to attend school this year.  We had faith that we could get 12 people to sign up to help the children.  We did not even ask people to help all of the children from these 12 families, just one child from each family. Would you please consider helping one of these children?  For $460 per year, you can make a huge difference in the life of a child!  Step out in faith and sponsor a child.  ...

  • More Help Needed to Get the Container to Haiti

    We have just a few days left before we need to pack and send the container from Colorado Springs to Haiti.  We are very thankful that we have received about $2000 to ship the container but it's not enough. We have had donations come in and we have food donated by Kids Against Hunger and Diapers given to us at cost by a local market in Pueblo, Colorado.  We have Baby Lotion, Soap, Shampoo, Powder, Baby Wash, Moist Wipes for diaper changing, high chairs, toys, clothes, building supplies,...

  • More dossiers released by IBESR for the Children's Court

    Yesterday we received 17 dossiers from IBESR for our abandoned children to be taken to the Children's Court so they can be signed by the mayor and then be proposed to families. We already have 4 dossiers down there waiting to be finished so the biological parents can come and sign them. They are have been there at least 6 weeks but having trouble getting them signed.

  • GLA Prayer Request Updates Sign Up

     We want to be able to send out new prayer requests for those of you that would like to know the needs of GLA.  Most of the time, I just quickly put a prayer request on my Facebook page but we felt like we needed a way to get urgent requests out to our Prayer Warriors! We have a prayer request page but we want to keep our Prayer Warriors aware of current and urgent needs.  If you would commit to pray for for the children, staff, and needs of GLA, please click here to go to the Pra...

  • It's School Time Again and Sponsors are Needed!

    How often do we take for granted our ability to read our Bibles, get directions, or attend school? Change the life of a child for just pennies per day by giving them the gift of an education! We have over 190 children who are waiting for sponsors so that they can attend school.

  • Help Needed with Water Costs for July

    We received 76 truck loads of water the month of July.  That is almost double what we usually receive for a month!  It was a dry month until this last week and then we started receiving some rain.  It has also been a terribly hot summer this year.  It is over $5000 for just this month!  Our diesel bill for two months was $10,000 and our electricity for 3 months was $6000!  I am a little overwhelmed! We need your help. This bill was double what we expected as was the...

  • IBESR Visit July 31

    I woke up today not feeling 100% and ended up being sick on the way down the mountain and while at IBESR.  But we got some good news while we were there!  IBESR handed us 4 children's dossiers to take to the Children's Judge with the birth parents for the final signature needed to make sure the children are legally adoptable.  This signature is the severance of the parental rights of the birth parents.  We have been waiting for them to hand us some of these dossiers for the l...

  • A Mountain Of Diapers!

    We were able to finally get the container with diapers and astro turf out of the customs department and up to Fort Jacques on Wednesday!  The transfer went pretty easy, but we had a large tax on the astro turf and I was not very happy. You never know what you will charged for something like this before it gets here.  We are in the process of trying to get a franchise with the government so that we don't have to pay taxes on donated items.  But this process is taking us a long time...

  • The Kids Need Your Help! They Are ONLY $133 Away From Matching Their Goal Amount!

    Yes, they are only $133 away from reaching their Soccer Goals to get that extra $30,000 matching amount!  Can you give $10 or more today so the kids can finish with the knowledge that their goal was met? The children have been so excited playing soccer/futbol and kicking goals!  They have been so involved in this challenge.  Please give a small donation today!              

  • School Sponsorship Program Going Strong!

    This week the School Sponsorship Program has gotten off to a fantastic start!  We have had 269 students come to enroll this week and expect another 150 to 200 before the program closes at the beginning of August.  Tiffany Akeo is responsible for the School Sponsorship here in Haiti and Terry Robinson is responsible for it at the office in Colorado.  Both of them are here for this week of enrollment!  Terry needed to see what happens on this side of the program so that she can...

  • Meeting with IBESR on Wednesday 16 July 2014

    We had a really nice meeting with IBESR yesterday at the Les Palmes Centre in Petion-Ville.  The meeting was sponsored by IBESR and the group HPP-AKSE, which is a humanitarian organization involved in the Healthy Policy and protection of children and women.  The groups attending were a very mixed group of a few creches, mayors' office staff, court staff, embassy staff and groups working with children in the community.  I met a lot of pastors and workers who are in the community wo...

  • Global Giving Bonus Day

    Global giving is a charity fundraising website that GLA uses to help raise the money needed for our ongoing project needs such as baby formula, clean drinking water, and food to feed the children.Global giving will be matching your donation for today only, for each dollar given it will be matched 40% by Global Giving. So for each $1 given, Global Giving is matching $0.40. GLA will receive $1.40!

  • We are moving the Toddlers to Fort Jacques in November! Teams/Volunteers Needed!

    VOLUNTEER We have one opening that just became available for a volunteer from September 29 through October 13.  If you are interested in coming to volunteer for two weeks please contact volunteers@glahaiti.org or call 719-638-4348. TEAMS We have one opening for a team from August 18 through 25.  If you have a team ready or know of others who would like to come with you for a week to work at GLA, please contact us. We are also looking for some teams or volunteers to come and help us get...

  • Looking for a Special Volunteer: Could it be you?

    I need a special volunteer who will come for at least 2 weeks and work with this little girl.  Must know or be willing to do research on speech therapy methods.  Must also be strong willed and be a disciplinarian. Her name is Bianca and she babbles but does not communicate with us which is causing frustration on her part.  She is strong willed and no one in the nursery is willing to discipline her on an ongoing basis.  She was a preemie and then had a stroke on her right side...

  • Donations for Sebastien's Medical Care

    We have had a great response from people wanting to help with Sebastien's medical care!  We now have enough for his trip to Minnesota and his visa.  Any funds above the needed amount will be added to the Medical Fund and used for medical care for Sebastien if there are further needs or other children needing medical care. We want to send a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who gave a donation to see Sebastien receive the care he needs!

  • We Need Help for Sebastien!

    We need your help to send Sebastien to Minnesota for medical care.  He has a chance to get additional surgery on his feet so that he can walk without help.  Sebastien needs $ 2000 to cover the cost of his trip out and back. Sebastien just turned 11 years old on the 12th of June.  Many of you have followed his story for the last few years since he came to God's Littlest Angels.  Sebastien was born with bilateral club feet.  Both of his feet turned inward and he walked on ...

  • NICU or ICU Nurse Needed!

    We are looking for an volunteer RN who has NICU, ICU, or Pediatric ICU experience to work at our orphanage in Haiti.  This is a full-time position and we ask for a two year commitment to come and join our staff caring for premature and malnourished infants and children up to age 10 years old in Haiti. Position is open immediately. If you are interested in receiving further information, please call 719-638-4348 and speak to Jean or write her at jean@glahaiti.org.

  • Clean Water for the GLA Staff's Homes!

    When living in the States, I took clean water for granted.  I assumed I would go to the sink,  turn on the faucet, and water would miraculously appear and I could drink it too! Living in Haiti, we don't have that privilege.  Most of our workers do not live in homes with running water.  The water they are able to get is not always drinkable. According to a 2004 study by the Pan American Health organization, less than half of the population has access to clean drinking water.

  • A Baby Frog Teaches a Child a Lesson about Adoption!

    Yesterday was a very hard day for me.  We had things happen at the orphanage and then some personal family matters had to be dealt with that just made it a day that I was glad to see end!  So when I woke this morning and read my emails, I was so happy to get an email from a prospective adoptive family that made me laugh out loud! The letter was very encouraging and talked about a couple of blogs that we had written.  Sometimes we wonder if anyone reads our blogs and it's nice to g...

  • Taxes and Matches

    New Tax for all Visitors to Haiti effective 1st of July 2014 It was just announced that there will be a new tax collected on ENTRY into Haiti. Whether you arrive in Haiti by land, sea or air, you will pay  $10 unless you are a child under 5, a diplomat, or you hold an official passport.  The money you use to pay the $10 will be according to the passport you carry.  Americans will pay in US Dollars, Canadians will pay in Canadian Dollars and Europeans will pay in Euros.  We ar...

  • Just Like a Little Brown Haitian Garden Snail...

    Our youngest son, Steeve, walked across the stage for his high school graduation last Sunday.  He really finished high school in January but had to wait to officially get his diploma until now.  His dad and I are so proud of him.  After 32 years, we finally do not have children in primary or secondary school!  That is what happens when there is an age span of 17 years difference between your oldest and youngest child.  Our son, Mark, is still in University, but it's just...

  • IBESR Adoption News 17 June 2014

    IBESR posted some news today about adoptions. June is the month for new agencies to apply to IBESR for authorization to participate in the International Adoption Program. Re-authorization for current agencies is coming up at the end of the summer as well as for creches.

  • Kicking 30,000 Goals for the Kids at GLA!

    We were contacted by a donor who wanted to help with a fundraising campaign by matching funds. They were so excited to see the excitement during the last time a donor matched funds and they wanted to help in the same way. They offered to match funds raised in the next 30 days up to $30,000!

  • IBESR News from Monday 21 April

    As I'm getting ready to leave for two weeks in Colorado visiting our office and working out there most of the time we are there.  I am also going to Boulder to bring my son, Mark, home for the summer!  Gosh, I have really missed him a lot!  Not being there for any of the holidays where he could come home if we had been there was hard. So I'm trying to do a million things before I leave and one of them was that I needed Miss Magaly to go to IBESR today to check on dossiers.  S...

  • We are Almost There! Help us with a last BIG push to reach our goal!

    We have had a fantastic response to our "Double Your Dollar Challenge"!  We are now at $11,646 and our matching goal is $12,000! If you plan on giving but have not had time to go on the website and donate or write out the check and send it, please give TODAY, so we can reach our goal!  We really want to turn that $12,000 into $24,000!  We need the funds for food, diapers, medication, fuel, electricity, water, and all of the things needed to run an orphanage.  I cannot express...

  • Marie Kencia to have Surgery on Thursday for her Cleft Lip

    Marie Kencia is 6 months old now.  Her family brought her to GLA when she was only a day old.  The first day she could not suck on a nipple, but within 24 hours she was sucking and had no problems feeding. She has a cleft lip and palate.  The cleft lip goes up into her nose and is pretty large.  A volunteer who came on a work team from Canada fell in love with Marie Kencia and wanted to find help for her.  She first contacted Operation Smile.  Operations Smile said ...

  • Double Your Donation!

    Help us raise $20,000!  A family is challenging our donors to raise $10,000 by June 8th.  We have 2 months to raise $10,000 and they will match that amount $1 for $1.  Help us make a difference in the lives of the children.  

  • Need a Volunteer to Install Ceramic Tile at New School

    The construction of the new school for Fort Jacques is coming along quickly.  The roof is on, walls are up, and we are ready to lay the tile on the floors.  My children went to school at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince and one of their classmates now runs a tile store in Port-au-Prince.  Their friend donated all of the tile for the school house!  It amounted to 3300 square feet of tile! If GLA had to buy that tile, it would have cost several thousands dollars, so...

  • Speech Therapist and Physcial Therapist Needed!

    We need a speech therapist and physical therapist to come to the orphanage and work with some of our children.  We need you to teach us what to do and give us hands on teaching because we have figured out that just telling our staff does not work very well!  They need to work daily with a professional and learn what they are to do well before left to do it on their own.  This little girl on the left is the reason this has become very urgent for me.  Abygaelle never had a diag...

  • Skilled Building Teams Needed at Fort Jacques

    We need skilled building teams to help finish the school house and Staff homes at the new orphanage site in Fort Jacques.  Would you please consider bringing a few builders, plumbers, framers, etc and come to Haiti for a week to help get these homes ready for our Toddler House?  We want to have everything ready for the children to move by late summer 2014 and the only way we can do that is if we can get teams here to help us get it built! Please talk to your friends, your church, your ...

  • IBESR News

    I have personally not been to IBESR in a little while.  I felt like I was just spinning my wheels with the adoption section because nothing was being done with proposals.  Today, when Magaly called to talk to the secretary, the secretary wanted to know if I was "angry" with them because Mr. Guillaume commented that I had not been down asking him about the dossiers!  I had to laugh because I stopped going and asking so much since I could see he was stressed and overwhelmed by all o...

  • We need your help. Can you give a donation today?

    We desperately need your help! More and more babies are coming to GLA for assistance. The parents cannot afford to pay for a hospital stay for their baby or the cost of a doctor's visit.

  • Baby Orphanage Ground Breaking a Huge Success!

      Wednesday was a special day, we held a small ground breaking ceremony to start the next phase of our building project.   It is very exciting to know that we are finally at the phase of building where the baby house can be started soon.  The foundation work will start as soon as the foundation for the Toddler House's Director's home is finished. There were approximately 60 people at the ground breaking ceremony.  We had two teams here along with our staff and the Haitia...

  • Thamara is a month old and losing weight...

    I received a call from Samaritan's Purse's Clinic in Cite Soleil.  They had a mother who had come with a one month old baby who is losing weight.  They were concerned and wondered if we would be willing to take the mother and child in our nutritional program.  When I asked I was assured that mother said she was breastfeeding but the baby was still losing weight! Thamara arrived yesterday afternoon and yes, Mom is breastfeeding her but Mom doesn't have any breast milk!  This i...

  • Meet our newest baby

    Jocelin is a baby boy who is 15 days old.  His father died before he was born and his mother has lost everything she owned when her house burned down!  Jocelin is the youngest of 5 children.  The mother says she has no possibility of caring for Jocelin.  She and her family brought him to the orphanage to place him for adoption.  My heart breaks that she has had such misery in her life recently.  How her heart must ache for both her husband and her children. Please p...

  • Meet Rose Clara...She needs some Sponsors

    Meet Miss Rose Clara. She is a child with lots of spirit, a smile that melts your heart and talks like an adult! She is abandoned.  She has been living at the University Hospital in Port-au-Prince until IBESR brought her for me to see.

  • News from IBESR and Another Dossier Released!

    Slowly, we are getting the dossiers out of IBESR.  Magaly did not tell me last night, but she received another dossier that has been waiting months for just one signature! For the 6 remaining families, I know that it seems like it will never happen, but the 4 dossiers that have been released in the last week show us that with perseverance you too will overcome that hurdle called IBESR! Those of you who are my friends on Facebook have read my mini posts about the frustrations of dealing with...

  • Good News from IBESR on Tuesday 14 January

    I have had a very busy day and almost forgot to blog about my meeting at IBESR! The last few meetings I have had  I think have been very positive. GLA dossiers that have been stuck in dispensation for months on end have been moved to the Director's office and we are now waiting on the director's signature.  I think this is a big step forward and on Thursday I will find out if the director has signed them yet or not.

  • Please Donate your used Smart Phones to GLA

    We need some donated smart phones for our staff here in Haiti. Phones are expensive here and they are not always the best quality. Miss Magaly's phone gets used a lot and she has to change it frequently because it breaks or someone once reached inside the car and actually took it out of her hand as she was talking on it!

  • Christmas Eve at GLA

    Christmas Eve is always a very busy day at GLA.  People finishing wrapping presents, getting food ready to cook for Christmas Day, and still trying to get some office work done! But now as evening comes, things slow down.  We are able to sit and fellowship together.  As we sit on the balcony and lift our voices in song to God, we also reflect on God's love for us.  He sent his only son to earth to become human.  Jesus' birth was a gift to us and Jesus is our salvation......

  • Mediocre Childcare is Never Acceptable

    Haiti has about 700 orphanages.  Most of those orphanages do not have a GREEN rating from IBESR which is the best rating.  God's Littlest Angels does have a green rating from IBESR and UNICEF. IBESR (Haitian Social Services) would love to close many of the orphanages who do not have a passing rating but they can't because there is nowhere to put the children.  So they mandate that these orphanages must improve the conditions inside their orphanage. In the same area as GLA is an or...

  • Tuesday's Meeting with the Director of IBESR

    I feel like our meeting on Tuesday with Mme Arielle Villedrouin went very well.  I feel like she really listened to us and is going to try and help us find solutions to a few concerns that we have.  I have been trying to get an appointment to see her since October.  It is impossible to get a confirmed appointment!  At the IBESR meeting last week, I was able to ask her directly about getting an appointment and she gave me one right there and then! I wanted to talk to her about...

  • Outpouring of Love for Margareth and her Family

    Margareth, our nanny who died more than a week ago, was finally buried on Sunday.  The outpouring of love and kindness for Margareth and her children was overwhelming!  We received enough donations to provide a simple funeral for her and to help provide schooling and to help the kids with some food for the rest of the school year. We cannot express to you all how thankful the family is to know that Margareth was loved by so many and appreciated the job she did taking care of the childr...

  • One Of Our Nannies Passed Away Last Week

    Margareth Bauzil was only 33 years old when she died on the 29th of November.  She was a widow with 5 small children ages 13, 11, 9, 8, and 6.  Maragreth's mother and father are not living and as the oldest child of the family, she had been responsible for her younger brother and sister since their death.  The brother is 28 years old and going to school to be a plumber.  The sister is 18 years old and still in high school. Margareth was a great nanny.  She loved the kids...

  • IBESR Post Placement Policy 2013

    I just recently found out that all post placement reports for children whose adoptions have been completed since October 2012 must follow the below schedule.  IBESR put this schedule into place in September/October 2012 and are now requiring it to be implemented.  The post placement reports must be given to IBESR for 8 years after placement of the child with the family.  This is not a policy, it is Haitian law. Post Placement Reporting Schedule: 6 months after the child is placed ...

  • Final Total for the Haiti Challenge is...

    We could not believe the amount of money raised in just 3 days to help build the main orphanage at Fort Jacques!  Drum Roll please....$278,673.00 USD!  This should build the cistern under the orphanage and get the first story raised. None of us including Family Christian stores had any idea of what amount could be raised in 3 days time.  We are just so thankful that so much money is coming to GLA to build the baby orphanage and neonatal intensive care unit! I pushed through twitte...

  • The Haiti Challenge

    I went to visit the Family Christian Store in Champaign, Illinois and was amazed at the publicity that the store personnel was giving the Haiti Challenge from the time we walked in the door through the time shoppers were checking out! Laurie Bickel and I were very impressed. The store was beautiful and all set up for Christmas!

  • Our Relationship With Family Christian Stores began with a baby boy...

    Our relationship with Family Christian Stores (formerly known as the James Fund) started with a baby boy, named B. who needed a family. He was the cutest baby in our nursery!

  • Amazon Smile Gives to Charities!

    AMAZON.COM SMILE  I use Amazon.com a lot for books and gifts.  I am really excited when I learned today about a new program they introduced where my purchases help charities at the same time!  Of course, I chose God's Littlest Angels as my charity to help and I'm hoping that those of you who shop through Amazon.com will chose God's Littlest Angels too! You just do your normal shopping through Amazon.com but a portion goes to GLA!  How great is that??!!  Here is the infor...

  • New Adoption Law Published Today!

    At noon today, IBESR said the new adoption law would be published next week, but I just received word that it seems it was published late this afternoon!  What good news!  Haiti's new Adoption law with its new age limits and no limit on biological children already in the family, is in affect! What wonderful news and we have fought for this law for about 6 years!  Hurray!

  • Meeting Today with IBESR about Adoption

    I had a meeting this morning with the new adoption section of IBESR and wanted us to come and talk about matching some of the children with families whose dossiers have been put into IBESR by an agency.  This is the second time we've been there for matching and have found there are a couple of glitches in their system! The matches that we talked about 2 weeks ago still have not been sent out!  IBESR is sending them to the agency's representative in Haiti who then must scan and send via...

  • NEW and IMPROVED! GLA's new website is finally online!

    Several years ago, a GLA parent developed our first web site and it was wonderful.  But I wanted to be able to change photos and information quickly and I could not do this using HTML language because I wasn't a web designer!  Then we heard about a someone who was developing web sites with something called a Content Management System.  This system would allow all us to change the web site and add photos.  We were ecstatic! We spent weeks writing all of the information for the...

  • Desperation…

    A tiny baby boy. A mother without hope. A decision made that can’t be taken back ends with the baby left on the ground outside a gate with a sack of clothes left nearby.

  • Words of Encouragement adds Sunshine to our day!

    Every photo taken and every update written is done so with the adoptive parents in mind.  What do they like to see about their child?  What photos or videos would light up their day while they are waiting for their child to come home to them?  How can we make their wait just a little bit easier for them? I know families sometimes think they are all alone and we just don’t understand their deep desire to get their child home as quickly as possible.  But we all want this same t...

  • IBESR Meeting about Matching Children

    Friday, IBESR invited 6 crèche directors to a meeting about how they are going to start matching children with families.  All 6 crèches have dossiers at IBESR waiting to be matched with children and they want us to start sending them dossiers. IBESR had sent us an email at the end of May giving us the long list of documents for the children’s dossier that they needed.  But we did not want to send a dossier down to IBESR before they have decided if the child is eligible for adoption. Th...