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Heart of God Haiti continues mission

Nearly four years after a devastating earthquake, Heart of God Haiti continues its mission offering hope to families.
Nearly four years after a devastating earthquake, Heart of God Haiti continues its mission offering hope to families.

Heart of God Haiti Executive Director David Young, of Brockport, and educator Erin Corbett, who grew up in Hamlin, discussed the organization's mission Friday on News 8 at Noon.

Young said Heart of God Haiti, which was helping families prior to the January 2010 earthquake, is a Christian organization focused on providing food, education, and life skills to families in Haiti's mountain village of Godet.  There, Heart of God Haiti operates a children's center that serves as a safe sanctuary for 18 boys and girls in a family environment.

Young has added a second part to the organization's ministry by offering a micro loan program to women.  The assistance is helping mothers avoid having to send their children to orphanages, and giving them the skills necessary to find good jobs.

Corbett, who went to college at Brockport before earning a graduate degree in education at Nazareth, has worked at the school in Godet for one year.  Her main focus is on teaching English to the children.  She said having that second language can be a great tool for finding jobs as translators and interpreters in adulthood.  Education, she said, is the best way to end the cycle of poverty for the children of Haiti.

Corbett will return to Haiti on December 31.  As she looks ahead to 2014, she wants to branch out into the community of Godet so that families there can be helped by Heart of God Haiti as well.

Young said donations are vital to the organization's success.  From now until the end of the year, every donation to Heart of God Haiti (up to $6,000) will be matched by a generous donor.

For more information, or to donate to Heart of God Haiti, click here
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