Thanks to our generous donors, we have matched the $50,000 Father’s Table Foundation grant and are close to opening the Zion Children’s Home, a 16-bed residential facility for island children who have been abused and neglected. The recently completed home, located on Current Island, The Bahamas, has two cottages that will house eight boys and eight girls along with house parents. It was dedicated on June 23, 2013 in a ceremony attended by volunteers and Bahamas Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Perry Christie.
The Children’s Home was the vision of the women of Current Island and was brought to life by them along with volunteers from Bahamas Habitat, Bahamas Methodist Habitat, the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church, local citizens and others. The Executive Directors and original founders of the home are Geleta Turnquest, Earmily Munroe and their mother, the late Myrtis Brown.
According to Bahamas Habitat President Stephen Merritt, this project capitalized on what this service organization does best: provide an aviation solution to meet a need. “Our volunteers have flown in 25 aircraft loads of supplies to the islands since 2011,” he said. “But it was more than just flying in loads. There’s no airport on Current Island, so our pilots first flew into North Eleuthera to clear customs, then helped load the supplies into trucks, transferred those truckloads onto boats to Current Island, unloaded the boat supplies into more trucks and then drove to the work site to off-load. Our volunteer pilots also flew in work groups during our Fly In-Help Out Missions to actually build the cottages with a private contractor who donated his services.” Thanks to gifts from the aviation community, Bahamas Habitat has donated over $100,000 to the project to date. To help us open the Children’s Home and start changing lives right now, donate by clicking here.