Help Us Build a Safe House Update #1

Help Us Build a Safe House Update #1

Thank you, so much, for responding to our request to support our precious children in Haiti in light of the recent security issues. We’re almost 3/4 of the way to our goal in just 4 days and the outpouring of love and support for our kids – who I agree should not have to live with bullets flying over their heads, wondering if gangs are going to jump over our walls – is incredibly touching. It’s not a way to live, and as a result of the money you’ve donated, we’ve already hired more security guards who are on our grounds now, and we’ve engaged contractors to help us assess our buildings for a safe house. 

Your donation made that possible in just 4 days. You made that possible. 

Here’s a thank you message I posted yesterday, in case you missed it: and

We’re continuing to share the campaign to raise awareness and funds to make our kids as safe as possible. 

On behalf of our children, our deepest, deepest appreciation. 


Pops Benefit Concert with Detroit Country Day High School to Benefit Have Faith Haiti

Pops Benefit Concert with Detroit Country Day High School to Benefit Have Faith Haiti

Join Madrigal Chorale and Detroit Country Day School singers for an evening of pop songs to benefit the music program at Have Faith Haiti Mission & Orphanage. Music is an invaluable source of expression and joy for the children at Have Faith Haiti thanks to classes taught by Dennis J. Tini, distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music, Wayne State University.

Hear Mitch Albom and Tini speak about the importance of music education at the orphanage and how you can make a difference in countless young lives.

March 17, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.

Seligman Performing Arts Center at Country Day High School
22305 W. 13 Mile Rd.
Beverly Hills, MI

Tickets are $30. Buy here.

Donate to the Have Faith Haiti Music Fund here.

Read more about Dr. Tini and the music program at Have Faith Haiti:


Haiti, Safety and Public Opinion

Our friends at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer have announced activation of their Emergency Operations Plan after an armed group descended on their town of Desjardins, breaking into homes and kidnapping victims at will. Within hours of the attack, at least 12 people had been kidnapped. The hospital has suspended non-emergent care, and are accepting only emergency patients.

Based in Haiti’s Lower Artibonite Valley, the 200-bed Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti is the only 24/7 full-service hospital serving a population roughly the size of Anaheim, California — more than 350,000 people.

Intervention is needed to help re-establish safety, and according to the poll conducting by Haiti Health Network, Haiti’s people are asking for help.

A message from Mitch Albom

Friends, Haiti is falling into utter chaos. When hospitals are getting attacked, things can’t get much worse. Please read this, and help if you can. And send the message, however possible, to our leaders, that Haiti needs intervention now from the international community, before something beyond tragic happens. See the poll that shows an overwhelming number of Haitian citizens want outside help. When doctors and nurses are fleeing, we must do something. Thank you for your kind consideration.

Download the poll results as a pdf.

Septemer 30 - October 14, 2022: Haiti Health Network Public Opinion Poll

Many international parties are currently speaking for Haitians and contrasting opinions are being presented regarding how Haitians believe the current crisis should be resolved. In response to the mixed messaging of what Haitians want we created an anonymous public opinion poll to evaluate a better understanding of what those in our contact network see regarding the capabilities of the Haitian National Police to provide public security at this time, to gage support of an international intervention and to hear ideas on how individuals would remedy the current situation given the chance.


The anonymous online poll was shared through our contact network on social media and WhatsApp over a two week period from September 30 through October 14th, 2022. The survey was sent out in Haitian Creole and French. The results (n=104) were filtered (n=89) for IP addresses in Haiti, and each IP address could only submit one response. Despite communication difficulties throughout this time period 8/10 departments are represented in the results. 

We asked if it is believed that there needs to be an outside military intervention to provide adequate security and public safety at this time?

- 15.9% Believe the Haitian National Police (HNP) could provide adequate security with international support (in the form of advanced training, increased weapons, armored vehicles and protective gear)

- 3.4% Do not believe the HP can provide securitv nor that outside military intervention is required to provide security and public safety.

- 80.7% Believe outside military intervention is required to bring adequate security and public safety.

We asked those polled who they believe could bring adequate security and public safety at this time.

- 15.9% HP with international support in the form of training and equipment.
- 40.9% Combination of HP with support and outside military Intervention
- 39.8% Outside Military Intervention
- 3.4% Neither HP alone, supported or outside military intervention are the answer to the current insecurity.

None of those polled believe the Haitian National Police alone can provide adequate security and public safety at this time.

News from Haiti after Saturday’s Earthquake // UPDATES

News from Haiti after Saturday’s Earthquake // UPDATES

UPDATE, October 3:

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Siem Lafleur and his mother, Clodine, pose in front of where Clodine is now living in Edward, Haiti, after the earthquake hit on Aug. 14, 2021.

Mitch Albom wrote about Siem leading relief efforts, and the emotion toil of being torn between college in Michigan and his earthquake-ravaged family. You can read this moving story in the Detroit Free Press right now by clicking here.

UPDATE, September 4th:

The supplies we are bringing to families in need of relief in Haiti focus on the elements: tents, flashlights, tarps – literally ways to protect from the rain, sun and darkness.

On this next trip to Jeremie, we were able to take some time to visit with extended family members, some of whom have not been able to keep in touch with kids for years. Here, Esther’s uncle gets emotional watching a video message from her.

UPDATE, September 8th:

Mitch Albom writes about repeated trips to Aux Cayes and Jeremie in the latest Bulletin.

Read and subscribe here.

UPDATE, September 3rd:

Siem is returning to Aux Cayes, while a group of teens — Samanza, Djouna, Appoloste, and Nahoum — accompanied Mitch Albom to relief efforts in Jeremie to distribute food, shelter, solar lights, tarps, tents and more to extended families in the area. Repeated flights will be made to Jeremie and Aux Cayes throughout the weekend.

UPDATE, August 27th:

Siem successfully made it to Aux Cayes despite the treacherous roads, distributing relief packages that include food, tents, lighting, and other essential general supplies. Mitch Albom will be returning next week with more. Your generosity has made this possible.

We have confirmed that three of our children’s families have had lost their homes – and what little they had. But they are just three of the 50,000 whose lives have been further upended. The latest reports put the death toll at 2,200, with 12,200 people injured

And by some small miracle, the effort to distribute aid has received some actual security support. Haiti’s National Police has deployed extra units to protect aid being shipped into the country, and even a notorious gang leader pledged a temporary truce with other warring factions so that aid trucks can make the journey from Port-au-Prince to the southwestern area hardest hit by the earthquake and storms. Driving conditions are already difficult, and at one point nearly impassable due to mud and rock slides. 

More updates to come, please check back soon.  

UPDATE, August 19th:

Siem is heading to Aux Cayes this weekend, and will be leading efforts to provide supplies, food, shelter (tents) and more to the families of our kids affected by the earthquake and storm. At least five have been left entirely homeless, and we are still waiting to hear the status of many more. Any remaining supplies will be distributed to neighbors.

UPDATE, August 18th:

We welcome donations to support Have Faith Haiti’s education and care of our children, which will continue whatever the natural or political disaster that we face. We expect to take in more children affected by this last earthquake and storm, and will be traveling to the area the first weekend in September to address needs of any family members of our students in Aux Cayes.

If you are looking for addition organizations who help provide immediate aid, we can share the following trusted partners:

UPDATE, August 17th:

Mitch Albom published a new Bulletin post with updates and reactions from our kids. Subscribe and read “How much could you take?” here.

UPDATE, Monday, August 16th:

We asked Siem, who came to Michigan to prepare for his return to Madonna University, to share what he’s feeling about the latest earthquake in Haiti.


A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Saturday, August 14th, about 80 miles away from Port-au-Prince. Kids at Have Faith Haiti Mission felt the shaking, but the campus’ structures are in tact. The children are a bit rattled, especially those who remember the last one. We are worried about those in coastal areas including Jeremie and Aux Cayes. Some of our children come from Jeremie, admitted after the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew, from which many still have not recovered. Many of our newest are from Cayes.

Within two weeks, we will be heading down to Les Cayes area to check in on the families of the nine children we took in last month who are from there. We are prepared to help any children who have suffered in this latest tragedy, including taking them in if we need to.

In Loving Memory of Mr. Phedre

In Loving Memory of Mr. Phedre

It is with great sadness that we share the sudden passing of a beloved teacher at the Have Faith Haiti Mission, “Mr. Phedre.” Born Vladamir Delinois in Haiti, he lived in Brooklyn and Florida as a child. As an adult, he served in the U.S. Army, and returned to Haiti, where he joined the Mission teaching English. He worked with our high school students on their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) preparations, which is required for students to do well on if they are to gain admission to a college or university in the States.

Read more about him in Mitch Albom’s post from “Life at the Orphanage.”

The kids got to hold their own memorial for him earlier this week. We’re sharing some of Nahoum’s loving tribute here — it’s a must-watch.