History of the project
After his medical training in the Ukraine, Bogdan Mazuruk moved to the Netherlands. After completing a Master in Oncology at the University in Amsterdam, Bogdan started his second Master of Medicine at the University of Maastricht. At this moment he is a young medical doctor and a researcher in Oncology.
In December 2009 Bogdan went to Haiti for a short-term medical missionary trip. He was there in the week prior to the terrible disaster, the earthquake that caused hundred thousands of people to die or become injured. More than 20000 children lost their parents in the earthquake. There is over 1 mil orphans in Haiti (UNICEF ’11). They currently live on the streets without a home, without basic resources and without any hope for the future. It is known that street children in big numbers are used as house and sexual slaves in Haiti and Uganda. A week after the earthquake Bogdan returned to Haiti to give emergency medical assistance to the victims.
In December last year Bogdan went to Haiti to assist in a program to reduce cholera. During that time he met two good friends: Isaac Exantus, a theology student and Atsuko Celbeau, an education project director at the Good Neighbours Foundation. Both young men had been a part of several humanitarian projects supporting street children for a long time.
In April 2011 the three friends agreed to establish the Lespwa Pou Demen Foundation in Port au Prince. Their aim is to care for orphans by providing shelter, food, medical assistance and anopportunity to access quality education. Their main goal is to create a hopeful and positive perspective for each admitted child, which will allow him to grow into healthy, emotionally strong, educated and financially independent adults.
We are in big need of structural financial support to cover daily needs of the children. Because of poor economy and lack of own industry, most of food, clothes and house goods are imported from the US and Brazil. It means very high prices for local poor people and a big challenge for us to run the orphanage. Daily meals for one child per month cost over € 40, and that is excluding much more needs (clothes, school materials and hygienic supplies). Would you consider to help us and sponsor a child for a long term? Over months and years you will definitely see how your seeds will grow changing life of that child, the one that will definitely sow in other lives later.
At this moment we are busy to establish a primary school for our kids and very poor children from the neighbourhood Sarthe in Port Au Prince. An experienced teacher and supporting volunteers are ready to help us. We are looking for sponsorship to buy school furniture and materials (text books, copy-books, pens) which are so necessary to make this project possible. Giving quality education to the children we want them to be trained and prepared for their life in the future.