week 52: this week i'm gonna... give 'Espwa' to Haitian children
You may know her as @RadioAmy, or simply 'Amy' on the Bobby Bones radio show, but she is much more than just a voice you hear every morning on your way to work. Amy is a friend, wife, and mother of two soon-to-be-officially-adopted beautiful children. Her story is one of perseverance, Espwa (which means "hope" in Haitian Creole), and giving back.
As Amy's radio career was taking off and she and her husband were moving across the country multiple times, they started to realize that they were having trouble getting pregnant. Never one to back down from a challenge, Amy got tested and prepared herself for a fertility adventure. Then, she read the book Adopted for Life by Russell Moore and everything changed.
It became very clear to Amy and her husband that they wanted to adopt a child. Soon after, through her church, Amy participated in a women's conference and visited an orphanage in Haiti. While she was there, she met a little boy -- a little boy that was destined to become her family.
Amy and her husband began to visit Haiti regularly and became involved with helping the orphanage, Maison des Enfants de Dieu. It was impossible for them to ignore the conditions that surrounded them, or to overlook the many children at the orphanage that desperately needed loving families. Amy decided she wanted to do more than just volunteer, and she and two friends founded TEEMHaiti to address the deep issues of poverty they witnessed.
Shortly thereafter, after falling in love with both the orphanage and the little boy that originally stole her heart, Amy and her husband started the adoption process. As they began visiting more and more frequently, they began to form a strong bond with another girl at the orphanage, and they decided to adopt her as well.
Amy started this journey to help others, but somewhere along the way had a life-changing realization that she was also helping herself -- leading herself and her husband to their family.
The mission of TEEMHaiti is to teach, empower, equip, and mentor the people of Haiti. They work with men, women, and children to provide hope and encouragement with the goal of impacting the future by investing in people and making lasting change.
TEEMHaiti works in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and conducts annual conferences that teach basic skills including self-defense, healthy living, life skills, team-building, and much more. They also provide homes, medical care, and support to the people in Haiti, and in 2016, TEEMHaiti launched a school, Lekol Lespwa, that has over 40 children in attendance.
TEEMHaiti works with the orphanage, Maison des Enfants de Dieu, which is home to over 70 children, most of whom have been abandoned since the earthquake in January 2010. Maison seeks to offer a safe place for children to learn and grow, as well as provide adoption opportunities.
Amy's adoption journey has been a long one. After three and a half years of paperwork, interviews, and international travel, Amy and her husband have finally gotten word that the adoption of their son and daughter will be finalized in early 2017. They are continuing their involvement with Maison des Enfants de Dieu, and they hope that their children maintain strong ties to their home country. But first, they look forward to welcoming their children into their lives and showering them with love.
Notes for this week:
- To further support TEEMHaiti, check out their 'Espwa' T-shirts that are sold at The Shop Forward.
- You can listen to Amy every weekday morning on iHeart Radio.
- Our collective givetwig donation will sponsor approximately two full days of childcare for the children at Maison des Enfants de Dieu.
- For more information regarding TEEMHaiti, please check out their website.
this week i'm gonna donate to TEEMHaiti.