Helping Street Children in Haiti Find Shelter! Here’s How You Can Live A More Charitable Year!
Make 2019 the year of giving and making a difference in the lives of others! While some non-profits are so popular they’ve become household names, some are less well-known. While it’s sometimes difficult to get behind a charity without knowing their history, here’s the amazing story of Grangou. Grangou is the Haitian Creole word for hungry.
Over a decade ago, Michael and Carrie Gibson embarked on a global initiative that not only changed their lives, but the lives of others, for better. Upon taking their first trip to Haiti in 2007 for an international adoption, they encountered many homeless children in the streets of Port au Prince that tugged at their heartstrings.
Praying for direction on a way they could help, the Gibsons returned in July of 2008 to establish their non-profit organization. For the next two years the couple made multiple trips to Haiti in order to build relationships with children living on the streets and bring them food and supplies. In January 2010, the world watched as an earthquake devastated the tiny island nation while the Gibson acted–opening a home for abandoned, at-risk children.
Today, Grangou operates the Travay Bondye home located in Port au Prince. Having to move their location five different times due to leases, the organization is trying to raise $290,000 to purchase a permanent home. Grangou also provides three meals a day, clean water, medical care, education, and clothing to the children who call Travay Bondye home. These children not only get the physical refuge they seek but the mental refuge of hope to overcome their circumstances. In addition to Travay Bondye, Grangou spearheads mission trips, outreach programs and Teens in Transition (TNT), providing support to those aging out of Travay Bondye.
Grangou is unique among charities in that every penny donated goes to help the kids. Feed the hearts, minds and bodies of Haitian children this year!
To learn more about Grangou, donate or sponsor a child, visit www.grangou.com
Carrie co-founded Grangou with her husband Mike in 2008 after traveling to Haiti in 2007. They live in Texas with their five children including two sweet twins adopted from Port au Prince. Carrie travels to Haiti several times a year and loves serving in this ministry. She is thankful that God has given her the privilege to serve as “mom” to 70+ children and that she has a home away from home at Travay Bondye. In her free time she works as an event manager in the specialty coffee industry.
Michael is a co-founder of Grangou and currently serves as its President. He has been working in Haiti since 2007 in various capacities. He co-founded Grangou with his wife, Carrie, in 2008 in order to provide support spiritually, physically, and mentally to the people and children of Haiti, focusing on outreach to homeless children on the streets of Port-au-Prince. He is father to five children, making his home in Texas and working in banking.