Open Doorways would like to invite you to its annual Spud and Steak fundraiser held at the Beausejour Legion.  Come join us on Saturday April 23rd, doors open 6:00pm.  There will be a silent auction and 50/50 draw throughout the evening as well.  This is a great opportunity to show your support for ODO and enjoy good food and company!  Tickets are limited and this has been a sold out event over the past few years.   Please contact us for tickets by April 18th through our Facebook page, or by email.  Tickets are available for pickup in Beausejour at Scoop-a-Lot and Beausejour Tire.

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.


ODO was very fortunate to have Ecole Beausejour Early Years School host numerous fundraisers over the past few years.  Most recently, playground equipment was purchased for the children.  It was built and installed by local Haitian tradesmen, and completed early this year.  Above is a picture of the children enjoying their new playground structures.  We are so thankful for all the hard work and support EBEYS has given Open Doorways!  It’s so exciting when other organizations become involved with ODO and host fundraisers.   If you or an organization you’re involved with have any interest in hosting a fundraiser for ODO, please feel free to contact us.

We keep regular contact with our Haitian Project Manager, Gerald Augustine.  He was happy to pass along to us that most of the children were doing did very well on their last report cards.  As well, they have been able to exchange letters with children from Willowdale Church in Tyndall, Manitoba.

Last month the birthdays of 5 ODO children were celebrated (Widena, Lele, Wideline, Sonson and Andyson).  They had a party to celebrate and enjoyed some cake and Coca Cola!  Below is a picture of them posing proudly with their cake!

ODO Birthday Party

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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