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Emmaus House Haiti

Not every orphan is chosen, we are running for those who were never chosen. Thousands of children grow up without a family, and enter the world of adulthood fearful, stuck in the cycle of poverty. Still, without a family. In Haiti, 80% of people live on less than $2 a day and 40% of its workforce is unemployed. Young adults aging out of an orphanage find themselves without family, without resources and connections, and without the skills to support themselves. Few have finished high school, know how to find a job, or have the skills to live independently. And they are completely on their own.

In 2013, Haitian social services, IBESR (Institut du Bien-etre Social et de Recherche), began to enforce regulations requiring young adults to leave licensed orphanages at age 18, six years before the average student graduate from primary school at the age of 24. This left orphanages across the country scrambling, and most still have no means of transitioning their older youth to independence.

Hunter and Jillian Kittrell, then directors of Cap Haiten Children’s Home, along with several key supporters, immediately took action to aid the 17 young adults forced to leave the orphanage. They founded Emmaus House ( with the mission to transition young adults to independent living, provide life skills, professional development, and education to prepare young adults transitioning out of an orphanage setting to be independent, giving and productive members of the church and citizens of Haiti.

Many of our team members have been to Haiti and met the teens we are running for.

We at Emmaus House are standing up for the orphan and agreeing to be there for them even after they “age out” and telling them they will not be forgotten just because they have turned 18.

We are choosing to offer hope to what many would view as a hopeless population.

And we are saying that their lives matter and that despite their circumstances they are valuable in the kingdom of God and can serve great purposes in this world.

We are refusing to let these teens become just another statistic and another young person on the streets of Haiti with limited hope for a future.

At Emmaus House, we are trying to break the cycle of poverty in 17 teenagers. And not just financial poverty, but of emotional poverty, relational poverty, spiritual poverty, and intellectual poverty as well.
But we can’t do it alone. The task is too great. In order to fully help these teenagers, we need your help.

Click on the “Donate to our Team Fund” icon to make a financial contribution to support Emmaus House.

Are you a runner? Please join our team! We will be running in Salt Lake City, UT on September 27. 100% of your registration fees go to Emmaus House and the money you raise will help our young adults know that they are chosen. Chosen by God as His handiwork and supported by us as they do the good works God has prepared them to do.

Thank you!

Tanya Pirtle, Board Member and Team Captain

Using the online form on this page automatically submits a request to preference your gift to the family profiled on this page as part of ABBA Fund’s Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund. ABBA Fund administers this fund and maintains full control and administration of all donated funds. We also strive to honor our donor’s preference requests in accordance with IRS and Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) guidelines.

As required by IRS regulations, any tax-deductible donation is made to the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) and not the individual (family) — otherwise it is a non-deductible gift and should be given directly to the family.

Every gift into the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund is helping reduce the financial burden of adoption for families that have qualified for support from ABBA Fund — including the family listed above in their online Family Adoption Fund profile.

The IRS allows donors to state a preference of how their contribution is used and request that the gift support a particular family — and it allows the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) to fully consider that request as long as the donor understands and acknowledges for charitably given tax-deductible gifts that the ultimate authority regarding the disposition of your gift is at the discretion of the charitable organization. By using this online form, or other method described above, you are acknowledging an understanding of those IRS guidelines.

ABBA Fund is grateful for each donation given to the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund, and broad participation in the fund helps ensure that ABBA Fund is able to assist each approved family with the grant and loan funds preferenced to reduce the financial burden of their adoption.

ABBA Fund, a 501(c)(3) ministry, has provided more than $5.4 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 972 orphans become sons and daughters in loving, nurturing homes through assistance to 827 Christian families since 2004 (as of fall 2014) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

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