Family Outreach - History
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The mission (and primary development focus) of Family Outreach is to bring hope through empowering local leaders to serve their whole community by enabling them to provide food, health, education, housing and business opportunities.
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113 North 16th Street, Griffin, GA 30223
Atlanta - Dominican Republic (770) 828 -8952
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HISTORY AND PRIMARY DEVELOPMENT FOCUS
Family Outreach Ministries International Inc., based in Atlanta, GA, is a non–profit 501(c)3, public charity, not a church. Rose Edkins, the Founding President, a native of Jeremie, Haiti, currently resides in the U.S. with her partner, husband, Pastor Richard Edkins, a U.S. Citizen.
To speak about the history of Family Outreach is to summarize the
incredible work of Pastor Rose Edkins, who has been involved in Haitian
relief and development for the past 30 years. The various activities
she has led, briefly described on following pages, has allowed her to
gain unparalleled intimate knowledge of the language, customs,
situation, and politics of Haiti.
She has extensive contacts with the national as well as the regional
powers of Haitian government, Haitian police, UN police, UN Peace
Keeping Administrator, including local pastors, and local government
officials through out Haiti.
Profile of Family Outreach
Since 1997, Family Outreach Ministries International Inc. is an Atlanta, GA, non–profit corporation , registered with the US IRS as a 501(c)3, public charity, and is registered with USAID as one of their PVO's.
FOMI’s founder ( Rose Duperval Edkins), known by many as the Mother Theresa of Haiti, was educated in the Haitian town of Jeremie in the 1950-60s. Rose was the first in her family to receive a formal education. In order to attend the town's school in Jeremie, little Rose had to leave her family in the rural village, to live with distant relatives in Jeremie as a respic child servant . From the first grade and into adulthood, Rose experienced first hand the deprivations of hunger and the difficulties of trying to learn on an empty stomach. This is a chronic challenge faced by poor children all over Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Mother Rose has founded several Haitian NGOs, including The Good Samaritan Relief Agency and Mercy Outreach Ministries. These organizations raised several Haitian orphanages, hospitals, clinics, and schools. One, the Good Samaritan Hospital in Carrefour started as a small block building with a tin roof and dirt floor. In 1989 it received international attention and a $2 million dollar grant from USAID.
Leaving Haiti in 1989, to arrive in Miami as a political refugee, Mother Rose continued to reach out to assist her Haitian people. Mother Rose founded Mercy Outreach Ministries, MOM, as a US-based nonprofit. Working with US Immigration as a translator, she was instrumental to releasing nearly 500 illegal Haitian immigrants from Federal INS jail the Krome Detention Center. She was sucessful to assist them all to obtain legal US Visa immigration papers. Recently August, 2011, MOM was awarded a grant from USAID to further it's wok in Haiti.
After hurricane George devastated areas of the Dominican Republic in 1998, Rose worked from the DR with her old friend former Florida Congress Woman from Miami Carry Meek to release $29,000,000 out of committee through USAID to assist in the DR. At that time the Congresswoman suggested that Rose register Family Outreach with USAID as this could open more doors for her to help more people.
In 2004 and 2005, Family Outreach brought together a collaboration of many International Organizations to obtain donations of food, USDA dry milk, clothes, medical supplies, and medicines. These goods were then distributed to needy schools, orphanages, and clinics throughout Haiti.
The 2007-2008 school year, Family Outreach fed a hot school lunch to over 20,000 school children in Jeremie, Haiti. Most all of the regional schools and orphanages were participating. On January 12, 2010 when Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake, Family Outreach was ready on the ground distributing air lifted medical supplies, and preparing containers of relief goods.
Mother Rose has recruited many volunteers into humanitarian relief and development. Today, this network has founded and assists three major orphanages in Port-Au-Prince, a hospital, various clinics, and nearly 100 schools through out the country.
FAMILY OUTREACH'S CAPABILITIES AND CHALLENGES:
The ability of Family Outreach to successfully implement each proposed program is based on our capabilities to:
1. Colaberate with our net work of associate international NGO's.
2. Network with many hundreds of educators, Doctors, politicians, pastors, churches to reach the local grass roots community .
3. Leverage these ties/associations/alliances to effectively bring a volunteer and support base together to create positive outcomes in our embeded communities.
“She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches
out her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20