Family Outreach Ministries International
Foundation of Family Services
Meet Our Founder - President
FOMI’s founder (Mother Rose Edkins) was educated in the Haitian town of Jeremie in the 1950-60s. Edkins, the first in her family to receive a formal education, had to leave her family in the village and walk 5 hours to live with distant relatives to enroll for school in the town of Jeremie. 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, a chronic challenge faced by children in Haiti.

PREVIOUS WORK OF MOTHER ROSE EDKINS

         Mother Rose has founded several Haitian NGOs, including The Good Samaritan Relief and Mercy Outreach Ministries.  These organizations raised several Haitian orphanages, hospitals, clinics, and schools, including the Good Samaritan Hospital in Carrefour a suburb of Port-Au-Prince.  The Good Samaritan Hospital, founded by Rose, started as a small block building with a tin roof and dirt floor, received international attention.  In 1989, the Good Samaritan received a $2 million dollar grant from USAID (with help of Congressman Walter Fauntroy).  Today, the hospital is still flourishing, and is the largest and best known medical facility in Carrefour, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
       
 In 2004 and 2005, Mother Rose brought together a collaboration of many International Organizations, including USAID, Food for the Poor, ADRA, Feed the Children, and Med Share.  These groups worked with Family Outreach 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.

         Mother Rose has recruited many volunteers into humanitarian relief and development.  Today, this network has founded and oversees three major orphanages in Port-Au-Prince, various clinics, and nearly 100 schools through out the country.

         Mother Rose formed Mercy Outreach Ministries MOM as a US-based nonprofit and soon worked with US Immigration as a translator.  She was instrumental to releasing nearly 500 illegal Haitian with legal Visa immigration papers from Federal jail in the INS Krome Detention Center.

        The 2007-2008 school year, Family Outreach fed a hot school lunch to over 20,000 school children in the rural southern region of Jeremie, Haiti.  Most all of the regional schools and orphanages were participating.  There is a local citizen leadership committee volunteering their time to advance the program.



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