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Last time we wrote, we had enough funds to last until the end of July.  Miraculously, we've got this far; thank you so much to those who have helped us to keep going this long. Now we are about US350 short on what we need for the beginning of October...with nothing in hand for months to come.

We decided some time ago against individual child sponsorship, although that might bring in more donations.  We cannot offer you tax credits or incentives, other than the assurance that everything you donate goes to support the children; all of us are volunteers and our only overheads are for transport to and from Haiti.  A good number of you have visited Messef and know how we operate.

So how can we keep these funds coming with so many competing good causes?  We have just three monthly donors in England: Trudy, Cliff and Wendy, who together give around a tenth of what is needed for the food run.  Shauna in Canada helps with the chicken food whenever she can.  If we could count on more regular contributions, that would be a huge help. 

We have 200 people on this mailing list - around a third of them actually open this Newsletter.  You are one of them.  As the number of children at Messef has fallen to 27 at present, we have been able to decrease our monthly budget even though the cost of food and gasoline has risen considerably.  We now aim for 40,000 pesos per month (US915, CAD$1003,
£560 approx.).  If we allow for 30 children, that's 1,333 pesos (around US$30, CAD$33, £18) per child per month, which also covers  staff food, our transportation costs and essential cleaning and personal hygiene items.  A dollar a day to keep one of our children cared for. 

I'm just wondering where I could personally economize to save that....walking to work instead of motorbikes, a glass of water instead of coffee... better for my health, too.  Please give it some thought and prayer to see if this is something you could commit to; perhaps you could manage US$10 per month if not US$30.  If you could manage more, so much the better.   It's possible to set up a monthly donation with Pay Pal, even if you don't have an account and, of course, we are also very grateful for one off donations.  Please click here for details.

More News in brief:-

- Projekt Barrio Blanco continue to help at Messef and hope to be visiting again soon.

- Lorenzo and his friends are still faithful supporters and are planning more work on the boys' dormitory.  We will be working with them on this and will update you soon.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.
As Christmas approaches, if you live in the UK and ever shop online, for goods, holidays, services etc., please sign up with Easyfundraising to support orphans in Haiti and save money at the same absolutely NO cost to yourself. This has to be one of the best schemes around for fundraising, dead easy to use and lots of special offers, too. 

Remember that if you are responsible for purchasing for work, you can also use Easyfundraising for business, another great way to raise funds for Messef.
If you live in Canada or the US, we also have AngeLissa, a fundraising page created by Shauna and Melissa, great Friends of Messef, where you can buy gifts.Please like their Facebook page and take a look at what is on offer.  The haunting Messef postcard designed by Jurgen is also still available. 

May God bless you abundantly.
Linda Stapleton de Martinez, Coordinator
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