Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A New Ministry Field: howFarHaiti

Since howFar’s inception in 2004, our evangelical and humanitarian aid initiatives have focused on life transformation in sub-Saharan Africa. However, we have not been blind to the complex issues that developing nations face in our own region. 

Diane Moffi, a longtime board member of howFar Ministries and The How Far Foundation, has had a passion for sharing the gospel and serving the people of Haiti and has led several teams to the impoverished island nation.

Diani Moffi loving children in Haiti

In early 2015, the How Far Board of Directors recognized her efforts and unanimously agreed to join her work by launching a new initiative called howFarHaiti.

Her first project was to lead a team to visit orphanages near Port au Prince.  Scores of small independent orphanages lovingly struggle to care for abandoned children, but because of few resources the children are chronically undernourished, ill-clothed and uneducated.

Children wearing the Shoe That Grows

Through your generosity, the howFar team shared Christ’s love with them, fed them, and provided shoes to 450 children! Not just any shoe – they received The Shoe That Grows. A durable shoe that expands as the child grows lasting them for five years! (See: theshoethatgrows.org and “Do Children in Haiti Really Need Shoes?” at howFar.org)

Feet are washed as they hear of Jesus

Our goal in Haiti is to share the gospel of salvation with as many as God allows and to love them as we love ourselves.

howFar will you go?

Monday, January 11, 2016

Check Out Our New Website

We've created a brand new website exclusively for our humanitarian work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Take a look at www.howFarintheCongo.com

howFar will you go?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Giving Tuesday - howFar will you go?

As your family decides who to give to on this international Giving Tuesday remember The How Far Foundation, Inc. 

100% of your gift goes directly to support our transformational projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

A country that is next to last on the United Nations Quality of Life Index.

The How Far Foundation and howFar Ministries are a 501c3 International Non Profit. All donations are tax deductible.

howFar will you go? 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Do Children in Haiti Really Need Shoes? howFar Says "Yes"

A few weeks ago I read an article bashing organizations that provide shoes for children in third world countries. The writer asked questions like, "Do kids really need shoes? Wouldn't it better to buy them food or provide an education?"
The answer to these questions is "Yes". Children in countries like Haiti, where howFar has started a new health and education initiative, need both.

Diane Moffi, howFar's Haiti Director, with children in Port-au-Prince.

According to USAID, (NTD's) Neglected Tropical Diseases such as the mosquito-borne lymphatic filariasis (LF) and soil-transmitted helminths (STH, commonly referred to as intestinal worms) are endemic throughout the country. These NTDs cause chronic suffering, disability, compromised mental and physical development.
But these NTDs can be controlled and even eliminated through a cost-effective public health intervention known as mass drug administration combined with the distribution of well-fitting sturdy shoes.
"The new shoes not only protect feet from cuts and abrasions that can become infected, they also provide a secondary measure against soil transmitted helminths (STH). These intestinal parasites are endemic throughout Haiti and are usually transmitted through contact with contaminated soil or water. STH can produce a wide range of symptoms including intestinal manifestations (such as diarrhea and abdominal pain), general malaise and weakness that may affect working and learning capacities, and impair physical growth. 
Shoes provide a much-needed barrier between the feet and contaminated soil or water. In addition, shoes help prevent hookworm—which affects an estimated 740 million people globally, according to a World Health Organization estimate. 
In a country where there is often no money for new shoes, and footwear is often inherited without much regard to size, shoes that fit well are even better; they help to prevent injuries as well as blisters that can easily become infected. And in Haiti, shoes are required for school enrollment." 

Source: USAID Frontlines. Drug-Shoe Combination Aims to Stomp Out Haiti’s Neglected Diseases.  

howFar has joined in Haiti's fight to eliminate these debilitating diseases. A team of sixteen, led by howFar's Haiti Project Director, Diane Moffi, will distribute 400 pairs of shoes to orphans. But they are not just any shoes!

Jeff Webb visits orphans on a recent trip to Haiti

Jeff Webb, a howFar partner committed to sharing Christ's love in Haiti, has spearheaded efforts to raise money to purchase 400 pairs of The Shoe That Grows. 

The team at The Shoe That Grows has invented a shoe that grows with a child and lasts 5 years! Take a look at their website for the full story.

"Thank You" to everyone who donated to make this shoe distribution possible. Because of your generosity, Diane, Jeff, and their team will give this gift of shoes to orphaned children in Haiti which will help them stay healthy and be able to attend school. And they will hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Gifts that may just change the course of their entire lives!

howFar will you go?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

howFar Orphans

With your partnership The How Far Foundation cares for 120 war orphans. Watch for a major announcement coming soon! howFar will you go?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

2015 howFar Ministries Project Map

howFar's work in sub Saharan Africa continues to grow. In 2015, our team has planted five new churches in remote areas. All five are located in South Kivu Provence of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. 
"Rebels have been ruling these remotest parts for more than 18 years and have been killing, raping and stealing goods from peasants. We are praying God for their care, especially, as they have joined howFar. God bless you for taking care of discouraged persons."   
John Mundola, howFar Director - The Democratic Republic of the Congo.
howFar currently manages 41 projects across five countries impacting thousands and thousands of lives! 

howFar will you go? Donate today!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Shoes for Haiti - 2 for 1

At howFar we recognize that having shoes may be normal for you and me - but for many in the world it isn't. Children in third world countries suffer from all kinds of medical conditions because their feet are exposed to the elements. Worms, infection, and injury are common problems for impoverished children.

The team at The Shoe That Grows has invented an ingenious solution! A shoe that grows with a child and lasts 5 years! Take a look at their website for the full story.

The Shoe That Grows has made there shoes available to us for just $10 per pair. Imagine giving a child a pair of shoes that will last them 5 full years.

It's such a great idea we have to help.

For every pair of shoes you purchase at $10 howFar will purchase a second pair. Yep, 2 for 1.

Click on the DONATE button, make your $10 donation and you have made two pairs of shoes available to children in Haiti.

It's as simple as that. Don't forget to print your receipt for your tax deduction!

Thank you for partnering with us to put shoes on kids.

howFar will you go?