Happy New Year 2013 from Maranatha Orphanage
School and Orphanage Maranatha wish you all a Happy New Year 2013
Thank you for your love and support!
Maranatha Orphanage, Haiti
Fedele running marathon for the orphans of HaitiRead the Story Here
Run For WaterRead the Story Here
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Invitation to become a sponsor for Life For the World
Please accept this letter as our invitation to become a sponsor for Life For the World. Aside from the most obvious benefit of being able to assist in the progression and advancement of one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, your company will also receive a logo on Life For the World’s website with a clickable link to your organization and a metal advertisement with your name will be placed in the area you choose to support.
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Harrison High School donated $1,000
On April 19th, Michael Fedele visited his alma mater to speak with the freshman class about his charity, Life For The World.
Mr Fedele's presentation moved the audience, who was captivated by the brilliant benefits his charity provides for the children of Haiti.
Letter from Harrison High School
Check from Harrison High School
Join us on a Trip to Haiti
I want to cordially invite you to come to Haiti with us on a short, but amazing journey! This is a journey that will take you into the lives of the poor in the villages and the children in our orphanage. You will get to know them. You will visit children in Maranatha Orphanage and School and spend time with them. You will visit people in villages that live very differently than you and see the friendliness of our friends who teach us that the greatest poverty is the poverty of a life without love. They have very little, but give so much in return and this is just one of the many things they teach us. Our children in Maranatha Orphanage and School teach us lessons about gratitude, happiness in the midst of want, humility and patience. Our friends in the villages teach us that people are more important than material possessions. We would like you to join us, to give you something special in your life, and to help our people in Haiti with most of all friendship, and with the necessities of life. You will receive much in return. We will attempt to do this all in about a week. We plan to do the following on the trip:
1. Visit and play with our children in Maranatha Orphanage and School.
2. Live with Haitians who will cook for us and be with us, you will get to know them.
3. Visit the poor in other villages and talk with them and be with them.
4. Distribute food in several very poor places.
5. Really get an inside view of the Haitian spirit, the Haitian struggle, and how they live.
6. Visit the markets and buy food.
7. Dance and play in the villages and streets with Haitians.
8. Visit the beach (Most likely the last day).
If you are interested in attending, we encourage you to act fast and start raising support. We really struggled with how to approach the fee for the trip. Our desire is to give you something very special. We really want you to go if it is your desire and money should not be an issue. Somehow, we will help you make a way if money is a problem, but we do expect you to work hard at raising support, since it is your trip. The cost is $1,800 per person for 7 days. This cost includes 1) plane fare, 2) food, 3) lodging, 4) traveling expenses, 5) cost for food distributed to the poor, 6) money distributed to the poor, 7) beach trip, and a small donation to Maranatha Orphanage and School with what is left over.
Upcoming trip dates are listed below. If none of these dates work for you and you would like to go at a different time with a group, I can possibly set it up. In order to secure a place on the trip we need a deposit made out to "Life For The World, Inc." for $1,000 at least 4 weeks before the trip date. Please mail all deposits to the address below or go to our website and make it electronically. We will only take up to 12 people on each trip.You may leave early if you cannot stay the entire time. We are flexible and one of our people will take you to the airport the day you need to leave.
Trip 1: Cost-$1,800 (7 days) Tuesday August 14-Tuesday August 21
Trip 2: Cost-$1,800 (7 days) - Thursday August 30-Wednesday September 5 ( Dr. Chris McIntyre will be going with a medical team.)
Trip 3: Cost-$1,800 (7 days) Monday November 5 - Monday November 12
Need deposit of $1,000 by September 1st.
Should you have any questions, please call me on my cell phone at 219-781-7618.
Michael S. Fedele
CEO & Founder
Life For The World
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Letter to residents of Harisson
As a young man growing up in Harrison, I never imagined my life would turn out the way it is today. One of my first jobs was working as a caddy on the golf course at Willow Ride Country Club. This experience helped me to pay my way through college where I eventually graduated and went on to work for two of the nation’s finest accounting companies before establishing my own accounting firm in the Chicagoland area. My experience at Willow Ridge and the generosity of the members inspired me to do something great with my life, and to impart as much wisdom and greatness in others as what was imparted in me. This is why I established Life For the World over ten years ago, so that I could help Haitian children to see that someone cares about them enough to make certain their daily needs (food, clothing, shelter, love & friendship) are met so that they might one day grow to become positive, productive citizens of their great country.
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In memory of my father, Eugene C. Fedele
As a young man growing up, I always looked up to my father. He was a compassionate man who would do anything for anyone. I watched my father work hard and love hard. He was a giver, and if there was anything I could take away from his legacy it would be the importance of giving and sowing into the lives of others. Before my father passed in January of this year, he was one of my most loyal supporters. He gave generously to Life For The World and believed firmly in our mission to “Bring Hope and Healing to Haiti.”
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We need your Support! Receive a Special Name Template
As a result of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, Haiti’s newest president is mandating that all buildings be made safer for Haitian residents. Because of this mandate, Life For The World has been assigned a social worker that visits us twice a month and reports back to the government regarding our organization. They are requiring us to expand our facilities to accommodate the more than 200 orphans and school children we now care for. In order to meet these requirements, we need your support! The land has been purchased, the blueprints are in place and now the foundation for the expansion of Maranatha Orphanage & School is being laid. However, we still need to raise $100,300.00 to reach our goal!
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Life For the World Founder Michael Fedele to Host Fundraiser at Alma Mater-Harrison High School
Chicago, IL- April 13, 2012- On Thursday, April 19, 2012, Life For The World founder Michael Fedele will grace the campus of his alma mater, Harrison High School. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Michael spent his childhood in Harrison where he graduated from Harrison High School in 1980. With a life shaped by the work and passion of a host of teachers and community leaders including his father Eugene C. Fedele, Michael went on to work for two of the nation’s largest financial companies before eventually starting his own accounting firm in the Chicagoland area.
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A Very Special Thank You - We Reached Our Goal!
We would like to extend a very Special thank you to Rick Jones & LYnda Russo-Jones, Dr. Chris McIntire and Jamie Michelle Morris, each of which responded to our call for help.
Because of your more than generous contributions, we were able to ship the 40 foot container stocked full of rice, beans, bicycles and a host of other things to the children of Maranatha orphonage and school.
We need your support
Last fall, with your generous contributions, we were able to purchase a 40 foot trailer and undercarriage to help transport goods to the children of Maranatha Orphanage & School.
In October, we partnered with Navistar who helped to load the truck with beans, rice and other materials. At the time, certain people committed to assisting with the cost of shipping the container to Haiti. Unfortunately, they were unable to keep their committment.
This is why we need your help. It will take $7,300 to ship the trailer and undercarriage complete with goods to Haiti. Any amount you are able to donate would be greatly appreciated.
Make a donation online or call Michael at (219)781-7618 or our new office at (708)991-2440. Our new office is located at 18110 S. Dixie Hwy.-Homewood, IL 60430.
Thank you in advance for partnering with us and helping to continue our mission to bring “Hope and Healing to the People of Haiti”.
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The Brandon Dann Rotstein Memorial Foundation makes a $10,000 contributionRead the Story Here
This genereous donation will assist in the funding of the new orphanage and school.
Navistar Corporation partners with LFTWRead the Story Here
International House of Hope supports Maranatha Orphanage and School.
Maranatha Orphanage New Dorms and Playground
Dear Supporters and Friends of LFTW Maranatha Orphanage and School,
I want to give you an update of what is happening in Haiti with regards to Maranatha Orphanage and School. We really appreciate your support and without you we would not have come this far; without you we will not be able to continue. We know that you receive appeals for your help every day from many arenas. We ask that you take a moment today to consider LFTW in your prayers and to let us explain our urgent need to raise money for a new building project.
Last year a new president was elected in Haiti. Michel Martelly’s vision for his country is to make the buildings safer for its residents than they were when the devastating earthquake struck in January 2010. Because of this vision Maranatha School and Orphanage has been assigned a social worker that comes to visit us twice a month and report back to the government about our organization. Due to these reports the government has told us that we lack enough space for the 200 orphans and school children we now care for and we need to build larger dormitories for the children or our license may be revoked. They have given us 2 months to begin building.
We have already purchased the land through your generous donations, which is adjacent to the current school and orphanage. We need to raise $95,502 to build the new dormitory and playground. In this packet you will find a picture of the plans for the new housing for the children and the playground area. We have also included a budget summary so you can see the breakdown of the costs involved. This is not a small project and we do not have much time!
The school at Maranatha is known as the best elementary and middle school in North Port Au Prince. The students we have sent on to the high school are the top students in their classes, and they are orphans! Please help us to prevent putting all these precious children that are so eager for a chance to learn, back out on the streets where we found them!
We are our brothers’ keepers’. While you and I did not create the problems in Haiti, we are the privileged ones, the called ones that have the means and opportunity to help make the lives of suffering children happier. LFTW does not claim that we can fix all of Haiti’s problems, or even most of them. What we do claim to do is bring happiness and love to the children and people of Haiti that are some of the most desperate and needy, without parents and without hope in this life. And, because love is at the center, this is a work worth our lives.
Please consider helping us continue to serve in this poorest of countries. Make a donation online.
View the PDF below with budget and plans for the new dorms.
Michael Fedele and The Board of LFTW www.lifefortheworld.com
PDF: New Dorms and Playground Plans & Budget
Annual "A Night For Haiti" - December 11, 2011Read the Story Here
This event features wine tasting, live Haitian entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, premium liquor open bar, raffles, silent auction, and a live DJ.