Open Doorways would like to invite you to its annual Spud and Steak fundraiser held at the Beausejour Legion.  Come join us on Saturday April 23rd, doors open 6:00pm.  There will be a silent auction and 50/50 draw throughout the evening as well.  This is a great opportunity to show your support for ODO and enjoy good food and company!  Tickets are limited and this has been a sold out event over the past few years.   Please contact us for tickets by April 18th through our Facebook page, or by email.  Tickets are available for pickup in Beausejour at Scoop-a-Lot and Beausejour Tire.

Fundraising events such as this help us to raise money to meet our operating budget of approx. $3,000 USD per month.  With the decline of the Canadian dollar over the past year, a significant strain has been put on ODO resources.  We would like to establish and maintain a regular donor base to ensure the stability of cash flow, fund a vehicle purchase and any future education costs for the children.  We would like to encourage you to become a dedicated monthly donor so we can continue to provide for the children so they can have a bright and stable future.  For ease of making monthly or one-time donations we have set up automatic banking withdrawals.  Please see the attached link below to fill out a donation form.  It can be returned to ODO via email or mail.

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ODO was very fortunate to have Ecole Beausejour Early Years School host numerous fundraisers over the past few years.  Most recently, playground equipment was purchased for the children.  It was built and installed by local Haitian tradesmen, and completed early this year.  Above is a picture of the children enjoying their new playground structures.  We are so thankful for all the hard work and support EBEYS has given Open Doorways!  It’s so exciting when other organizations become involved with ODO and host fundraisers.   If you or an organization you’re involved with have any interest in hosting a fundraiser for ODO, please feel free to contact us.

We keep regular contact with our Haitian Project Manager, Gerald Augustine.  He was happy to pass along to us that most of the children were doing did very well on their last report cards.  As well, they have been able to exchange letters with children from Willowdale Church in Tyndall, Manitoba.

Last month the birthdays of 5 ODO children were celebrated (Widena, Lele, Wideline, Sonson and Andyson).  They had a party to celebrate and enjoyed some cake and Coca Cola!  Below is a picture of them posing proudly with their cake!

ODO Birthday Party

Yvette Mallet, School Director, Ecole Lagimodière, Lorette, Manitoba

On November 2004, Sharon Dugard and myself offered a presentation on Haiti to our grades 7 and 8. This goal was to talk about one of the poorest country in the world and have the students realize the daily challenge that their citizens have to live with. We talked about different aspects including education, population, poor living conditions... It was all very educational for the students who were very interested. Sharon shared her project on building an orphanage for the people entitled "Open Doorways". The students were very touched and once back into class discussed with their teachers of ways they could help and ideas to raise money to support the project. I was very excited because having taught in that country for a month during the summer of 1990, I still feel very close to the people of Haiti.

As a school principal, I think it is very important to teach empathy to our students. Giving them a sense of empowerment shows them that they can make a difference in making this world a better place for every human being.

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