Love your neighbor as yourself
There are mothers who walk all day, carrying their children, for nutrition. There are people who will wait for hours to receive medical treatment. One mountain community built a road just so help could reach them.
These scenes are a testament to the deep need of the Haitian people. And, they demonstrate the trust that our Haitian sister organization, Lespwa Timoun (“Hope for Children”), has earned in the community.
This Haitian NGO and certified health provider is led by founder Carmel Valdema, a registered nurse and
an experienced, respected community health leader we have worked with for more than 30 years. The Haitian government regularly turns to Lespwa Timoun to fill gaps that its own resources cannot cover.
At Light From Light, we believe communities are best served by strong local leaders. By empowering Lespwa Timoun’s work, bringing them the resources, hearts and hands needed to achieve their mission, we help create more sustainable, long-term solutions for Haitian communities.
- 31,000 Patients Treated by Lespwa Timoun Staff and Mission Teams
- 5,191 Malnourished Children in Nutrition Program
- Hope for Haiti 5K Raised $12,000
- Crochu Classic Golf Tournament Raised $12,000
- 100 Children Received the Crochu School Scholarships
- 14 Mission Trips with 86 Volunteers
- 2,500 Moringa Trees Distributed and Planted
- Created New Supplement from Moringa Trees
- 24 Traditional Birth Attendants Trained and Equipped
- Over 400 Clean Birthing Kits Distributed
- Latrine Built at Toucan Boyer School to Serve 285 Students
- Over 15,000 Men, Women and Children Educated in Community Health Classes
- Hurricane Matthew Emergency Response Team Served in Jeremie, Haiti
- Nutrition Program Served 3,906 patients
- 14,506 Medical Patients Treated
- 4 Schools Served by the Saint Simeon’s Parish of the Episcopal Church
- Completion of the Lespwa Timoun Medical Clinic New Location
- Lespwa Timoun Guest House Opened
- Installed New Water Cisterns
- 10 Mission Teams from 5 states
- Supported 24 Traditional Birthing Assistants
Light From Light’s story began long before its formation, with a simple friendship. In 1987, a young Haitian priest named Father Fritz Valdema walked into the office of TJ Johnston, an American volunteering with the Episcopalian Church in Haiti.
Across the differences of language and culture, they found a common bond: a calling to alleviate the suffering of the poor and lift up communities.
While TJ could bring resources to the table, they were put to best use when shepherded by Père Val and his wife Carmel Valdema, an experienced nurse and community health leader, who understood the local needs and culture. Carmel would later go on to found our sister organization, Lespwa Timoun.
Since then, the work that TJ, Carmel and Père Val began has flourished – starting with the island of LaGonave, then spreading to urban Croix-des-Bouquets outside the capital of Port-au-Prince and to remote mountain towns.
An enduring friendship has expanded to include rich, mutual partnerships between countless American churches, medical professionals and friends to Haitian communities.
While an ocean divides us, we have been united for three decades by our common faith, values and purpose.