Fund Our Food!!

Before our school year began I knew that we should offer lunch to our students daily. This is not something that most schools in Haiti offer, however I felt it was necessary. We are investing into their minds, we should in the same way be providing for their bodies.

Right away, we were very blessed to receive several generous donations which allowed us to kick-start our daily lunch program. We have two ladies come each day to cook and help clean, Mariannie and Islan. I have known Islan for several years. She has eight children and is very poor. Mariannie has six children. I am so glad that we are able to offer them both a steady job and source of income, a dignified way for them to provide for their families. The ladies come each morning and cook outside over a coal stovetop making rice, beans, chicken, and vegetables.

In addition to the daily lunch served at noon, I had brought a few big boxes of Cheerios with me to serve as a snack for the kids, as needed. I was amazed when after the first few days of school, the boxes were almost gone.

One of our students is a little girl who is 5 years old yet is very small and malnourished. I noticed on the first day of school that she was constantly at the snack table filling up yet another plate with Cheerios. When I would try to introduce her to a lesson or activity, she began flailing around, visibly upset and anxious. It broke my heart to realize that she was not being fed enough at home. All of her focus at school was on filling up her little body with as much food as she could. I learned that little NaNa's mother had passed away when she was a baby. She lived with her father, 15 year old sister, and the sister's newborn baby. The first week of school I refilled her heaping plate 2-3 times full of food and she still ate it all quickly and ravenously. I then sent her home with a packet of peanut butter crackers to eat on the walk home, as well as some of the extra rice left over from lunch. I prayed that as NaNa began to trust that I would always have food for her, she would be less fixated on eating and begin to engage in academics. 

Before moving to Haiti, I knew that people in Haiti are malnourished and often times do not have food, and that there is much poverty, suffering, and hunger. As I began to grow acquainted with my community it became a reality for me as I learned that I have friends who can go entire days without meals. Seeing this little 5 year old girl unable to enjoy the school day because she is so hungry, so desperate for a meal, completely broke my heart. Her hunger was preventing her from learning. While I was so happy that sweet little NaNa was able to eat a full lunch meal each day, I felt it was still not enough. I couldn't expect her to come in and get started learning when she most likely hadn’t eaten since the previous day at lunch.  

  • Close to 2/3 of the population lives on less than $2 a day.
  • One-hundred thousand children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition, while one in three children is stunted, or irreversibly short for their age. (source- World Food Program).
  • Less than 50% have access to safe water (I imagine this has worsened since the Hurricane).
  • 87% of the rural population of Haiti do not get the minimum daily ration of food as defined by the World Health Organization.
  • 30% of children are chronically malnourished. In the Haitian countryside you are 7x more likely to be malnourished than if you live in Port Au Prince.
  • Malnutrition =potential for permanent adverse affects on learning and behavior.
  • A large portion of food was produced in the Southwest of Haiti where the Hurricane damage was greatest, causing an impact on food availability and cost.

Almost immediately into our school year we realized we needed to expand our lunch program to include lunch AND breakfast! We now feed each child breakfast when they arrive at school, as well as a full Haitian lunch and daily multivitamin. There are many studies that show the importance of a healthy diet in children. Our prayer is that providing two nutritious meals will improve their energy, focus, and concentration.  We are tracking students weight and height (which they love checking) throughout the year to see their physical growth. 

Praise the Lord because as NaNa has started to be fed consistently she has been able to worry less about meeting her basic needs and instead is able to learn, laugh, and be joy-filled! If you are interested in supporting this program, please consider becoming a monthly mission partner. Giving a sustainable donation of just $25 a month will help us to continue providing meals for our students, as well as offering a salary for Mariannie and Islan! Our food program costs $500 to operate monthly and our goal is to fund the entire lunch program for a year.

Help for Haiti Day

I am so excited to report that my former school in Duluth, GA, Notre Dame Academy, is holding a "Help for Haiti Day" next Wed, Nov 16! They will be collecting money from students and families to help Académie Notre Dame à Madian buy some critical items. Students who donate will get to have an "Out of Uniform Day" on that day. Some key needs that have developed at our school since the hurricane that they will be helping to fund include:

  • A large water tank mounted on a concrete platform to provide us with fresh water! The pipes to our base were damaged in the hurricane and we have no running water to drink, use for preparing food, and to service our restrooms. We currently have to get buckets of water to flush our toilets and fill our water tanks. This new tank will be a tremendous blessing, but will cost approximately $3000. 
  • Industrial batteries are needed to provide electricity to the school. Our base runs a generator for a few hours each evening which can charge our batteries. By connecting our school's inverter, we can then operate our lights and ceiling fans during the school day. Some days the room has been too hot for the children to focus and the fans help keep the room at a more comfortable temperature for learning. We also hope to power a refrigerator if we can procure a total of 8 batteries. They cost $125 each.
  • A small refrigerator is needed to keep our food fresh (once we have electricity) and to protect it from rats and other critters. Académie Notre Dame à Madian now provides both breakfast and lunch to our students, since the hurricane has left some families without their farms and gardens, and we have had children arriving to school hungry. So far we have just been storing the food in my office next to our classroom. A new refrigerator will cost about $300.

I am so incredibly humbled by the support and am proud to be associated with Notre Dame Academy. Community is big and I am thankful to have you all as community supporting our mission in Haiti! Please keep us in your prayers, as I assure you are all in ours daily! 

Love, Ms. Meagan Bradford

A few of our Académie Notre Dame à Madian students in their NDA shirts!

A few of our Académie Notre Dame à Madian students in their NDA shirts!

Map Aprann Kreyol (I'm learning Creole)

I just learned that some of my old students check my blog frequently for updates and I feel bad for not providing more, so I wanted to share a quick story until I can get my longer post about the start of the school year up on the blog. 

In Haiti, people speak Haitian creole, a French/African dialect, and while not an extremely difficult language, it is a bit tricky to learn. I have slowly been getting better but still have about 10 moments a day in which I either say the wrong thing and am laughed at, or completely misunderstand the other person. Yesterday one of the Haitian missionaries told me "I haven't seen you all day" and I responded with "I am happy to hear that!" clearly not understanding what she had said to me. It is humbling to make mistakes and not understand and just part of living in a new country with a new culture and people. 

I have been praying and praying that I can learn the language quickly. I so badly want to be able to understand people when I am talking with them, and want to share life with them through language. I would love to be able to more clearly communicate with the parents of my students, with the ladies who cook at our school, with the people I live in community with. I want to understand the songs we sing at mass and be able to follow along during the 45 minute long homily! I also would really love to not have to depend on someone else to translate for me and to have to ask for help when I want to communicate something. I desire so much to know Creole right NOW and to speak it well. 

There is beauty in learning a language. It allows you to understand jokes, make someone laugh, pray with someone, and carry on a conversation to build friendship. However, I recently learned the difficult part of learning a new language... it also means that you then are able to enter into and understand the others struggle and suffering. In Haiti, there is a lot of that.  When you begin to learn the language you can no longer just smile, apologize, and say "M pa pale keryol! (I don't speak kreyol)" when someone needs something. You can no longer be ignorant whens someone tells you that they have not eaten food, or that they are sick and in pain and have no way of getting medicine. When you can understand what someone is saying to you, you are no longer blind to their pain... and while that is beautiful it is really very hard. 

The other night I was spending time with a friend of mine and we were able to have a nearly hour long conversation entirely in Creole (largely due to his patience in explaining words to me that I did not know and in grace from the Lord that allowed me to understand him). During our conversation he shared part of his life story with me. It was full of suffering. Hearing and understanding what he was saying broke my heart, and made me not enjoy my dinner, and made me struggle to fall asleep that night. I was so thankful to be able to understand and talk with him, but it was difficult to hear and process. At the end of our conversation, he was still smiling even after sharing everything he has been through. He was still holding on to hope. He was still praising the Lord.

Please pray for me as I learn Creole, please pray for those who share their stories with me. God is so present in the suffering of these people. I pray that every word I learn can be used to help me enter in to their poverty and respond with love. 


Mesi Bondye Mesi.

Byenvini Ayiti (Part One)

Bonswa Zanmi, Hello friends! I have been in Haiti for just over 3 weeks. This time has been both incredibly blessed and heartbreaking. I am excited to finally share updates with you all. Thank you for your patience!

I arrived in Haiti on September 26th with my incredible parents who helped me to transport another 10 boxes of school supplies and spent the week helping me set up the school. The week was jam packed with cleaning, moving supplies, setting up our school furniture and materials, and having various meetings regarding building additional furniture, our lunch program, our electricity, etc. It was such a gift for me to have my parents there to work (and sweat) side by side with me, watch me struggle to speak creole, and to meet the new community that I live with. While I was sad to say goodbye to them, I am thankful that they have been and continue to be so supportive of where the Lord has called me. 

Just hours after my parents left Haiti, we learned of Hurricane Matthew which was making its way towards our little home. The day before school was set to open it was decided that we would evacuate to higher ground. I quickly packed up my classroom in boxes, as best as I could, hoping that it would stay safe and dry in the storm. My community then piled mattresses, water filters, clothes, food, flashlights and ourselves into our large canter and drove to Anse-a-Veau, 45 minutes away. We stayed in Father Louis’ rectory at St. Anne’s Cathedral. It was surreal to go, in a matter of hours, from preparing for school to start the next day, to driving away unsure of what would be coming next. It was also very difficult to be able to do literally nothing besides pray. 

The school packed up...

The school packed up...

The hurricane hit Southwest Haiti from Monday night to Tuesday night, and we  experienced flooding, missing roofs, & fallen trees. It felt like the rain and wind would never stop and I just kept thinking and praying about my many friends in Haiti, whose homes are right on the water and whose homes  would not withstand the storm. Finally, the storm calmed. After the hurricane had passed, many sections of road along our route home were completely ruined and washed away, so we stayed in Anse-a-Veau for several days. We spent our time sweeping out water and cleaning Father’s destroyed home, as well as making packs of beans and rice for him to give out in his town to those without food. Our cell phone service was out so we were communicating with families back home via a satellite phone. On Friday we were given the all clear to return home. We were able to make it only part way before the roads were washed away, so then had to get out and cross a river on the beach by foot, holding the young kids and suitcases above our head. We were picked up on the other side by our Bishop and driven the rest of the way back to our base in Madian. 

It was devastating to drive through our town and see streets flooded, homes with mud up to the roof and others crumbled, with all of their belongings washed away. People lost their livestock and gardens, school materials, roofs, and more. It was discouraging to realize this is a country where people are already struggling to recover and rebuild, already suffering in hunger and poverty. However, just hours after the storm passed people were already out on the streets picking up tin, moving fallen trees, and were somehow still smiling and praising God through it all.

At our mission base we had fallen trees all over our property, part of our front wall missing, and some of our roofs gone. The water was not running and electricity was temporarily down. The bright side is that with less trees, our view of the ocean is even better! It was good to be back home in Madian and we were anxious to get to work picking up our home, as well as visiting our neighbors and friends to see how they were doing. My heart was heavy as my roommate and I walked down the streets and saw some of our good friends with no roofs.

As far as responding to the great need around us, it is overwhelming to know where to begin. Even before the hurricane it was difficult to discern who to help and how. You want to love your neighbor as Christ does, but you also want to make sure that what we do empowers them, and is not just seen as a handout that destroys their dignity. You want to give them the love of Christ, but how can you do that if you know they are hungry and suffering? Where do you begin? The hurricane has magnified this struggle in Haiti. For several days our community was grappling with this question of how do we best respond? It was encouraging to have so many people reaching out and wanting to help, but where do we start?! Praise the Lord because He comes to overwhelm what is overwhelming us. After much prayer, the Lord provided clarity on how we are going to be helping our community…More on that to come at the end of this post.

Throughout the storm, I was so worried that our school building would be completely destroyed. I couldn’t believe that less then a week into my time in Haiti, my entire mission here could be completely changed. God is so good because our school building was protected, and actually became a refuge for a disabled priest who lives on our base, who lost his roof in the storm! I spent the next two days busy mopping out mud and cleaning off the bookshelves. When we started to unpack the boxes of materials, I was discouraged to see that some of the boxes had water damage and several materials were too ruined and moldy to use. I then felt frustrated that I was bothered over a few items which can easily be replaced when I have neighbors right next door who lost their entire roof and whose entire belongings were ruined. The Lord was merciful to me and I was encouraged to have so many of my community members helping to get the school set up again. Some of my Haitian friends spent days helping me to sweep and move heavy shelves. Big shout out to my awesome roomie Laura who not only was such a source of encouragement when I was struggling to get everything ready, but who also accompanied me with her mad creole skills to visit my students’ homes and update them on the school. 

After 4 busy days, we were ready to begin! We did not have working electricity or running water, but we were able to communicate with our cook & students and felt it was important to start up schoo,l even if everything was not quite in place. Now, more then ever, education is so important in Haiti and in our town of Madian.

The day before school began we had a special blessing over our students during our community mass, followed by a procession to our school building for a blessing (Thank you to Sean for helping to make this happen for us, it was a moment I will never forget!). It was a beautiful time for me to see the many ways God has faithfully provided for this prayer, for His school in Haiti! In the months and months of prayer, in the fundraising, in the students, even in the Hurricane, God has been present and has been working to make this school come to life. How humbling that I get to play a small part in what He desires for this mission. 

Our first day of school was surreal!! We had our 8 students arrive at school in their new uniforms, slightly nervous, yet mostly excited to see what the day would hold. The day was just as overwhelming as you would expect a first day of a new school to be, but it was beautiful. My next post will detail what school at Academie Notre Dame a Madian is like and introduce my new students (we have already added another student)! 


How to Help:

1.     Support The Reveye Initiative as a monthly mission partner. Use the below form to sign up as a sustainable monthly donor. This will help us to cover our monthly operating costs for everything from our lunch program (soon to be expanded), to paying our cook & assistant a small salary, to our electricity & water needs. We have several other upcoming projects which I will be posting about soon. Thank you for your yes in helping to support this mission!

2.     Support the Life Teen community where I live (John Paul II Center for New Evangelization) to rebuild, as well as to help our neighbors and greater community. The link is here:

You can choose for your donation to go to rebuilding our base (water, roofs, electricity, etc) or to go to local outreach to help some of our neighbors rebuild their homes and to provide water to our town. For $345 a week we can give 9000 gallons of water out weekly! Providing water is extremely important as currently there is not a clean source of water. Most people are bathing, washing clothes/dishes, and getting water for cooking from the same river. After natural disasters, people are very vulnerable to cholera and disease as they are easily spread. We are attempting to educate and help our brothers and sisters to avoid this.

3.     Donate supplies! My parents are coming back to visit shortly and will be bringing several boxes of materials for both the school and for our community. We have been making packs to give out to neighbors with items such as flashlights, toothbrushes, soap, etc. If you would like to donate any materials, please email me at I will share the list of our needs with you and the address of where to send/drop off.

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Urgent Prayer Request

We were all set to begin our first day of school today after a week of preparation and finishing touches on our school building when we learned of a growing hurricane headed for Haiti. We quickly packed up the classroom and evacuated to higher ground late yesterday afternoon. Please please join us in praying for the people of Haiti as we prepare for a category 4 storm, Hurricane Matthew, expected to hit late tonight/tomorrow. It is looking as if winds will be 130mph with 25-40 inches of rain. Many of our neighbors and friends are not prepared. We are praying for their safety, as well as for the protection of their homes & belongings. 


Matthew 8:23-27 Jesus Calms the Storm

Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”




Summer 2016 Newsletter

Reveye Updates

This summer has been jam-packed with beautiful progress for The Reveye Initiative. Here are some of the incredible ways that the Lord has been providing for this mission!

  • The classroom construction is almost complete! Walls have been removed to create a bigger classroom, roof repair is done, a bathroom has been added, new secure exterior doors are in place, the floor has new beautiful concrete and fresh paint adorns all walls!!
  • Our lunch program is ready for funding! Madian village Haitians are prepared to cook daily lunches for our students, thereby earning money to feed their own families. Many people in Haiti do not eat 3 full meals a day and we are very excited about the ability to provide a healthy and full lunch each day. We need to fundraise $6000 for the lunch program, including initial set up costs and meals for a year.
  • The first mission trip to work in our school was successfully completed! Five teachers from Georgia spent a week in Haiti setting up the classroom and preparing for the start of the school year. We brought 10 boxes of school supplies and materials with us! Most of our teaching material needs have been met through donations and many of the Haitians enjoyed watching us unpack our learning material for the new school.
  • The next step is preparing an environment within our classroom in which to provide Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for our students. If you are interested in helping us obtain the needed materials, please email
  • Next month, we will complete classroom set up in preparation for our first day of school on October 3rd!
  • We have reached nearly 60% of our fundraising goal! What a gift! Thank you to all of those who have prayerfully and generously donated to support what God is doing with our school in Haiti. 

Consider joining us as a sustainable monthly mission partner. Signing up to give monthly whether it is $100, $20, or even $5, allows us to continue our mission throughout the year and is a huge blessing for the children of Madian, Haiti!

Reveye: An Answer To Our Prayers

Being a missionary in Haiti requires many sacrifices, big and small. It also requires great trust that the Lord will take care of you and your family and somehow make up for the basic things that were available to us in the states, such as quality health care, a well-balanced diet, and good education, to name a few. You can find these things in Haiti but not necessarily in our area.

My wife and I have been talking and praying about what we will do about our children's education. The only option we were comfortable with was 45 minutes away. However, we couldn't guarantee that our community vehicle would be available, as well as several other issues.

So, we prayed and begged the Lord to help us come up with a solution. Several ideas came up: 1. leave Haiti when it's time for the kids to go to school, 2. homeschool, or 3. buy a personal car in order to send them to the school 45 minutes away. All of those ideas either weren't possible or weren't what we felt the Lord was calling us to. Our life in Haiti is extremely busy and demanding. Basically, we wouldn't have time to homeschool nor do we feel that the Lord is asking us to do so. We would not be able to afford a new car to drive the kids to school. And we are confident that God is not asking us to leave Haiti yet. 

Another option was to start our own school but we didn't have time nor the resources to do that. So we prayed that the Lord would send someone passionate about Haiti and education our way, and long story short, He did. God sent us Meagan Bradford, who didn't even know we were praying about this when she brought it up to us.  So we prayed and talked some more. God began to open all the right doors that brought us to where we are today: "The Reveye Initiative". 

Our school will not only serve our missionary families and their children but it will serve other kids in our neighborhood. We hope to awaken hope, joy, and curiosity in education in Haiti. This is an answered prayer for my family and we want to invite you to help make it an answered prayer for the Haitian families that my wife and I have been blessed to serve and minister to the past four years. 

I have witnessed the misery and suffering that poor education or lack of education have brought in our small town in Haiti. I have seen young people sell their own dignity, turn to a life of crime, starve, and so much more due to a lack of education. Join us in this mission and help us awaken education in the small town of Madian, Haiti. Haiti's youngest students and "The Reveye -Haiti" team await your yes to providing a brighter future to one or many. Donate today and change education in Haiti forever. 

Paul Albert
Life Teen missionary in Haiti
The Reveye -Haiti team member


I have been floored by the many ways God is providing for our school!!

-In just 2 weeks we have already raised 28% of our goal... $9,920!! Thank you to the very generous donors who have already supported The Reveye Initiative. I can't tell you how much your generosity allows for God to work and for this prayer to come to life. This amount allows us to start some work projects right away to get the classroom in working condition. THANK YOU! 

-We have received some beautiful classroom supplies and have already packed and sent down our first box of donated supplies! It is incredible to see the classroom come to life thanks to the generosity and investment of some incredible supporters!

-Please consider donating $10, $20, $50, $100 to support the start up of our school in Haiti. I will be heading down to Madian, Haiti on June 13th to get some work projects started and would love to have reached 50% of our goal by then!

Stay tuned for pictures and progress over the next few weeks!