“Nou tout se pitit m’ yo, mwen renmen ou yo, lapriyè pou ou chak jou!”
Three years ago, against her better judgement, God (and her husband) brought Debbie to the country of Haiti. Towards the end of her trip, she stumbled upon 35 kids lying on the ground, dying in an abandoned building. She was told by doctors that more than half of these children would die in the next couple months. She made a commitment, that day, to inherit 20 more children and has been working for their well being ever since. A few months later, she started her own nonprofit, Helping Haitian Angels. Debbie oversees the marketing and operations for HHA and is incredibly hands on in all aspects of the business. She travels to Haiti every few months to remain engrained in the growth of Kay Anj House, and facilitates group trips to help bring awareness to the plight of this country.
Before finding her true passion in aiding the impoverished children of Haiti, Debbie worked in the residential real estate industry for over seven years.
“I was in awe when I got to meet a few family members of some of our children. They dropped to their knees and told me that without HHA these children would be dead. They told me that they had prayed for an angel for years to take care of these dying kids and that we MUST continue to let God lead us so that many more children will be saved! It brought me to tears, and I will never forget that moment as long as I live.”
Bill Harvey aka “Big Boss Biel”
Bill’s love for the country of Haiti began on his first trip in January of 2005. He was asked to join a friend on an “orphanage building project”. Bill loves to travel and has a heart to help those in need. He agreed to go, and has been to Haiti dozens of times since. He and his wife Debbie were working on a building based mission project when they stumbled upon 35 impoverished children in July of 2008. They were starving, malnourished, filthy and dying. He knew that God was calling, and in a few short months Bill and Debbie founded Helping Haitian Angels. Bill oversees the current foundation planning and building development process for the 2012 expansion project.
For 26 years, Bill has served as President for Harvey Insurance Agency in Northern Virginia.
“I have some great friends in Haiti. Nothing meant more to me, then when a good friend of mine, Fuis, asked me to be the best man in his wedding. That reconfirmed my commitment in serving as a business leader and mentor to these hard-working men.”
“Lespwa fè viv.”
Lisa has been involved in Helping Haitian Angels since the fall of 2008. She heard Bill and Debbie Harvey speak at church about their trip to Haiti and how they found a group of sick and starving children. She knew in that instance that she wanted to help in any way she could. She went for her first time in July 2009, and now travels to Haiti four times a year. Lisa facilitates all in-kind donations and services for HHA and also sits on the Board of Directors.
Lisa enjoyed working in the public school system, but has found her true passion in her role with Helping Haitian Angels.
“The most memorable times I’ve spent in Haiti have been with my daughter, Kim. We went together for the first time in 2009 and she fell in love with the country and the children as much as I did. When Kim went back in 2011, it was wonderful seeing her instantly connect with the children she already knew and heartwarming to see her form new bonds with others. It amazes me to see our youth at work in Haiti. I can’t believe how quickly our Kay Anj kids, and our own in the US, form lifelong friendships. I will always cherish those moments.”
“Mwen remnen Kay Anj Dayiti”
Kim serves as the bookkeeper for HHA, and sits on the Board as the Treasurer. She is in charge of managing and recording all expenses for the nonprofit.
Kim worked for an accounting firm for over 12 years, and served as the comptroller for an architectural mill work plant. Currently, she owns and operates a masonry contracting business with her husband, and has been in business for 20 yrs.
“HHA is a Christian based organization and I am blessed to be a part of it. I have not been to Haiti, but plan to in the near future. The story of how HHA came to be is incredibly inspiring, it never gets old! My goal is to represent HHA in a Christian manner, and spread the word of God and the needs of the Kay Anj House.”
Director, Haiti Operations
“Mwen renmen Ayiti anpil!”
Mike joined the Haiti team in early 2010, after attending a mission trip in early Spring. Upon arrival, he fell in love with HHA’s mission and the children at Kay Anj House. Once he returned to the US, he knew he had to get involved in a leadership capacity. His expertise in starting and running successful business ventures, enables him to provide guidance for the Haitian staff in Cap Haitien, Haiti. He is committed to their success. He oversees the daily facility operations and inventory.
Mike has served as the President of TML, A Xerox Company for over 24 years. He recently opened a family restaurant, Bad to the Bone, in Haymarket, VA. Mike is an active member with the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and works with Prince William Hospital system. He serves at Holy Trinity church in Haymarket, VA.
“I will never forget the first time I arrived at the Kay Anj House. Seeing all the kids waiting on the roof top for us, screaming with joy, touched my heart.”
“Bondye do ou. fe pa ou, M a fe pa M.”
Jim currently leads the land acquisition project for the Kay Anj Village in Limonade, Haiti. The new land acquisition will provide housing units for the children, a medical clinic, church and school. The project is in the beginning stages of development, and is projected to begin in 2012.
In addition, Jim is the Vice President of Operations for iDirect Government Technologies, a broadband satellite IP company located in Herndon Virginia. Jim retired from the United States Army, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in September of 2007. Jim has received both the Purple heart and Bronze Star with Valor for his service in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I was deployed to Haiti with the 25th Infantry Division in 1995. I swore at that time I would never go back because I was so devastated by the poverty. When I told Bill Harvey this he responded with “I can’t change this country but we can make a difference one child at a time”. It just takes one hug or seeing one smile to know that God can make a difference wherever he chooses. I’ve been committed to HHA, ever since my first trip with them.”