Former Bowling Green resident Marc Clarke, Indianapolis, is close to creating a non-profit organization to build alliances with people in individual spheres of influence to provide the necessary resources to feed, educate, clothe and provide hope for children in Haiti.
The non-profit humanitarian relief organization, named Restoration Alliance (RA), is designed specifically to raise money and meet the need of Foursqaure Orphanage in Jeremie, Haiti, as well as visit the orphanage three or four times a year to build relationships and trust.
"We are in the final stages of the application process with the IRS for our 501(c)(3) and doing all of the other start-up tasks associated with launching an organization of this nature," Clarke said.
His goal is to raise $5,000 to go specifically toward start-up costs including the IRS application at an estimated cost of $850, CPA fees at an estimated cost of $1,500, website development at an estimated cost of $1,000 and printing of promotional material at an estimated cost of $1,500.
All donations to RA for the orphanage or start-up costs are tax deductible retroactive to the incorporation date once the IRS determination letter arrives, which is expected to be in six weeks.
Foursquare Orphanage is ran by Pastor Clerice Cassamajor and his wife, Darlene. They currently house 50 children in the orphanage, which has been in existence for about six years.
In January, Clarke, along with Dan Moses, Plainfield, Roland and Marilyn Edrington, Bowling Green, and Ashley Adamson, Green Bay, Wis., took a trip to the orphanage. In the week they were there, they were able to install rain gutters on the building, connect the gutters to a water-catching system, re-wire the orphanage to give it reliable lighting and do various other maintenance projects.
"The orphanage had just relocated to a new building in December, and the kids were so excited," Clarke said. "The entire atmosphere was so much happier than when we had visited just six months before."
The team was also able to stock the orphanage's storage depot with enough food and supplies for 30 days. Clarke told The Brazil Times he wanted to thank everyone who contributed money, clothes and supplies for the children.
"The need there is ongoing," Clarke said. "It takes between $1,200 to $1,500 per month for food and another $1,100 to pay the nine teachers and one principal at the school."
Clarke said the next trip to the orphanage is scheduled for June 6-15. The trip is almost full, however, he said another trip is being planned for September.
"Our plan is to return three or four times per year," he said.
For more information on how to support Restoration Alliance, to schedule a speaking date with the organization or how to go on a trip to Haiti, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.