“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’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 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.”
“Mwen renmen Ayiti anpil!”
I went on my first mission trip in 2011. After attending an event where Debbie and Bill spoke, I knew God was pointing me to Haiti. Being connected to Haiti has definitely changed my life. It’s often said…”you can’t un-know or un-see what you’ve experienced in Haiti.” Once you know the level of need in a place like Haiti, it shifts your priorities. Haiti has a way of forcing you to forget about the American made struggle for comfort, security, and pleasure. Haiti reminds me that life is really a lot simpler than we often make it.
My wish would be for everyone to experience The love, happiness and pure joy that all the children of KAV and my Haitian friends exhibit. It is a privilege and real honor to serve along side our HHA team in the US as well as our team in Haiti.
After working in the restaurant business for 40 years, I love seeing how the Mamas prepare the meals for our kids and staff. With simple ingredients, they are able to make delicious and nutritious meals. These extraordinary women, not only nourish the bodies of our kids but also their souls. They inspire me daily.
“Pas gen Pwoblem”
My first experience with HHA happened as I was a member of the outreach committee of Trinity Church in Upperville , Va. We had received a request for money to buy plastic mattress covers for a new orphanage in Haiti. This lead to further efforts to collect medicine, clothes and soccer equipment for HHA to take to Haiti.
In 2011 my wife and I made our first trip to Haiti, what an eye opener,so much need, and yet seeing for ourselves the amazing difference that a faith based organisation such as HHA can make.
In subsequent years two more trips have followed , more friends and neighbours have become involved. I look forward to using my forty years of business experience in sales and marketing as HHA moves forward with phases 2 and 3 of Kay Anj Village and beyond.