Website 19.png

PROJECTS

Working with our partners in Haiti
Flag.jpg
CURRENT PROJECT 
SPRING Into Action spring fundraiser!

Who's ready for some chocolate
Avek ou is again partnering with outstanding Haitian chocolatier Askanya for our spring fundraiser!  From March 20 to April 9, 2022, when you purchase ANY delicious chocolate creations from Askanya and use code AvekOu2022, all net proceeds will go directly to Avek Ou to help us furnish our new Youth Home in Haiti.  
171104_Askanya_0007s.JPG
Click here to buy chocolate (and support a child in Haiti)
How can you help us year-round?  
Buy a children's book!
The Imagination Project
Here's an easy way to support us:  purchase   
a copy of Widma and the Shark for the young reader in your life.
 
This children's book is a delightful story that celebrates the beauty of a child's imagination.
All proceeds from the sale of this book go directly toward our new home for youth and improving the lives of the children in Haiti.  
Click here to buy a copy of this beautiful children's book AND empower a child in Haiti
The Imagination Project 2021.png
The Imagination Project Widma and the Shark book cover.jpg
Subscribe to our newsletter for the most recent updates on our progress!

ONGOING NEEDS

No matter how you choose to get involved...
Your donation will help our children in Haiti 
New house What we need May 2021.png
All the things children need to thrive

Education.

Security.

Adequate kitchen facilities.

Reliable electricity.

Safe, sanitary sleeping areas.

General hygiene items.

Trade school opportunities.

A playground.

 

May 2020 20.jpg
Your donation today, no matter the size, will help us furnish and maintain our new Youth Transition Home in Haiti.  We are currently supporting 6 children, and have plans to expand on that number in the next year.  We also provide employment for 5 Haitian staff members, and are working toward self-sufficiency through local projects at the Home.  
Crafts 4.jpg

PAST PROJECTS

3rd Annual Cookies for a Cause fundraiser- December, 2021
20211211_103808_edited.jpg
20211211_080730_edited.jpg
20211211_083017_edited.jpg
For the third year in a row, Avek Ou held our Cookies for a Cause fundraiser in December.  We sold out again, baking 30 dozen soft, warm gingerbread cookies for eager donors.  Our team of supporters delivered the cookies in holiday boxes with a cheery smile.  Thanks to your love of gingerbread cookies, we raised over $1000 again this year!  Mark your calendars for early December next year.  
Fourteen Days with Purpose:  A New Home for Kids in Haiti - September 9-23, 2021
Website Fourteen Days September 2021.png
Fourteen Days with Purpose -  September 9-13, 2021.  
We had hoped to host our first in-person gala / fundraiser in September of 2021, but we made a unanimous decision to put the safety of our friends and supporters as our top priority.  Instead, we imagined and executed a virtual gala, which featured an exciting, two-week online silent auction.  We had incredible gifts donated by some wonderful artists, business owners and creative individuals.  The bidding wars really heated up in the final week!  
Thanks to our invaluable donors, we raised over $5000 to support the opening of our new home for children in Haiti!  We're looking forward to seeing our friends in person at our first gala in September of 2022.  
2nd Annual Footsteps for Futures Fundraiser - 
May 16 - 22, 2021
Footsteps social 4 2021.png
Footsteps social 2 2021.png
Footsteps for Futures 2021.jpg
We Walk With You / Footsteps for Futures, May 16 - 22, 2021
We would like to thank our loyal friends and supporters as we walked again to raise funds and awareness for our boys in Haiti.  Every step we took brought us that much closer to our goal of securing a new shelter (home), safety and security for them.  Every dollar raised fills in the gaps and means the difference between hope and discouragement, success and hopelessness, empowerment and despondency.  We love helping them learn a new skill, graduate and get jobs.  The time has never been more crucial for this new home in Haiti!  
Spring Egg Hunt Fundraiser - March 20, 2021
Egg Hunt March 2021_9.JPG
Spring into Action! Egg Hunt fundraiser, March 20, 2021
We put out the message about an egg hunt with 2000 eggs and WOW did our supporters show up!  We held our 2nd annual Egg Hunt for a Cause in Farmington Hills, Michigan on March 20, and were thankful to have perfect weather and a huge turnout.  We had over 100 kids and their families join us in a fun, energetic and memorable morning as they gathered and counted eggs.  We raised over $800 that will be used to send TWO eager young men to trade school in Haiti.  Thank you egg hunters, and see you next year!  
Christmas Outing - December 24, 2020
Christmas%20Outing%202020%20(27)_edited.
Christmas%20Outing%202020%20(44)_edited.
Christmas%20Outing%202020%20(51)_edited.
Christmas%20Outing%202020%20(39)_edited.
Christmas Outing, December 24, 2020
We cannot thank our loyal donors enough for providing us with the means to send 30 of the younger boys at the Centre on an off-site outing to remember!  These young boys rarely, if at all, have the opportunity to travel beyond of the gates of the Centre.  On this memorable afternoon, they enjoyed many treats, a delicious Noel cake, and soda to drink-and they laughed hilariously at the two comedians who came along!  All this in the beautiful surroundings of a lush family garden.  
Footsteps for Futures - Education fundraiser, August 2020
School%20Supplies%20at%20Centre%20Sept%2
School%20Supplies%20at%20Centre%20Sept%2
School%20Supplies%20at%20Centre%20Sept%2
Footsteps for Futures Fundraiser, August, 2020
We thank our generous supporters for donating over $2000-we exceeded our goal!-that was sent to the Centre for much-needed school supplies.  The boys were excited to help unload the carloads of books, backpacks and pencils.  Chalkboards, erasers and chalk were delivered, too!  The Centre had not received updated school books for many years; most of the boys did not have access to crucial, grade-level academic support.  In addition, we were able to send 10 boys to a local sewing trade school, which will enable them, upon graduation, to become entrepreneurs or obtain employment in Haiti's garment industry. 
A true success story!
A dinner to remember - December, 2019
Christmas Dinner 20 12.25.19.jpg
Christmas Dinner 12.25.19.jpg
Christmas Dinner 16 12.25.19.jpg
Christmas Dinner 3 12.25.19.jpg
Christmas Dinner, 2019
On December 25, 2019, we worked with the Centre administrator and, thanks to our amazing supporters, the boys at the Centre were able to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner.  The meal consisted of chicken, rice and beans (a Haitian specialty), salad with cucumbers, beet salad, soda, and candy for dessert.  Colorful balloons decorated the hallway. 
 
See how you can be a part of our annual Christmas event in 2021!
Imagine if everyone in the world had access to opportunity.