Open Doorways would like to invite you to our own paint night event, "Paint for Haiti."Come join us April 20th, 2017, 7pm at the St. Mary's Church in Beausejour. Tickets are limited, please contact Sharon at 204-268-1530 or Della at 204-268-4644.

Fundraising events such as this help us to raise money to meet our operating budget of approx. $3,000 USD per month.  With the decline of the Canadian dollar over the past year, a significant strain has been put on ODO resources.  We would like to establish and maintain a regular donor base to ensure the stability of cash flow, fund a vehicle purchase and any future education costs for the children.  We would like to encourage you to become a dedicated monthly donor so we can continue to provide for the children so they can have a bright and stable future.  For ease of making monthly or one-time donations we have set up automatic banking withdrawals.  Please see the attached link below to fill out a donation form.  It can be returned to ODO via email or mail.

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ODO was blessed with many donations over 2016. Sunova's Change Machine donated over $500. 2 year old Tavis Lavoie donated $165, money he collected at his birthday party! Christmas was an exceptional time of year, with one family donating over $1500 in lieu of giving gifts to each other. Many more one time donations were excepeted and appreciated from many in the community and other organizations. As well the monthly donors contiune their support.

In November, Founder Sharon Dugard and Board Member Della Markham got a long overdue visit to the Orphanage. The staff and kids are happy, healthy and safe after Hurricane Matthew swept through the country. The Orphange was hit with hard rain, shutting down the school for days but was far enough away from the eye of the storm and did not sustain any serious damage. Sharon and Della were greeted by the 13 children with open arms when they arrived at the Orphange. They got to meet the three new house mothers working at the Orphange and have a good discussion with the director. "It was great to see the children again and even better to see them so happy. We're thankful to how well the staff keeps everything running,"Sharon said. Board members are looking forward to another visit hopefully in the near future.

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Kim Semonick, Grades 3-4 Teacher, Gillis School, Tyndall, MB

Sharon Dugard, president and founder of Open Doorways Orphanage, has visited our school in the last few years to speak of her experiences in Haiti.

The students have been very inspired by her and her dream of building an orphanage for children in that country struggling with poverty.

They were moved to hear there are many children without a home, food or even a chance to go to school, all of which many of us take for granted.

With new awareness, Student Council decided to help this charity and began raising funds through sales of cookies and Freezies.

There is nothing more important in the world than making sure children are fed and sheltered.  We thank this organization for their hard work and thrilled Open Doorways is now a reality in Haiti.  We will continue having fundraisers for this wonderful project and happy to be able to contribute in a small way.

Open Doorways has given us the opportunity to learn not only with our minds but also with our hearts.

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