HELO Orphanage in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew

After days of agonizing silence following Hurricane Matthew, we finally have some news from Haiti, good and bad:

The good news is no one is injured, everyone -- staff and children -- are okay.

The bad news is we lost roofs on the church, primary school, home 2, and home 3. Children and staff have sought refuge in the new secondary school, which has a concrete roof. Mattresses are ruined, not sure what else, including food in our store rooms. Few buildings are standing in the community where there is heavy wind and flood damage. We are relieved that the children are okay. Buildings can be replaced. Lives cannot.

We are moved by the realization that we completed the primary school just before the earthquake in 2010, and that school became home to many children orphaned by that earthquake. We completed the secondary school just before Hurricane Matthew, which is now home to many of those same children. God is good, faithful, and stronger than any disaster.

We've a lot of work to do, we are so grateful for our faith, your love and your support. We will update you again when we more concrete information about a rebuilding strategy.

WINE'd DOWN Wednesday

HELOWINEDOWN copy Join HELO for WINE'd DOWN Wednesday at Taylor Brooke Winery on Wednesday, October 26, 2016!

Enjoy a wine tasting featuring some of Taylor Brooke's wines and hor d'oeuvres. Additionally, you'll be able to meet Magda, one of HELO's children, who will be visiting Connecticut!

Ticket information:

  • $30 per person for a tasting and hor d'oeuvres
  • $20 per person for those who are not interested in a tasting.
Please enter the total cost for the amount of tickets you would like to purchase and click DONATE NOW

Enter Amount:

This is a family-friendly event so please feel free to bring friends, family, and children of all ages!

Please contact Elisabeth Kennedy at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with any questions or for additional information about the event. Taylor Brooke is located at 848 Route 171 in Woodstock, CT. 

First Day of School!

September 5, 2016 -- the very first day of school for HELO's new secondary school!!

Secondary School

A Roof Goes Up

Everyone is hard at work trying to get our new school finished before classes start in September!  This year we will teach Pre-K through 9th.  Next year, God willing, through 12th! school roof

Pasta for a Purpose

When:  August 12, 2016 school 2016
Where: Gilead Congregational Church
            672 Gilead Street, Hebron, CT

Don't want to cook dinner after a long work week? Join us for Pasta for a Purpose and enjoy a delicious meal and desserts! All proceeds will benefit HELO as we prepare for another exciting school year!This year is especially exciting for HELO as we anticipate the opening of our new secondary school!  Come out and enjoy a delicious meal and help us finish our school and get over 100 children  ready for their next school year with books, uniforms, and shoes. 

Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

Please contact Elisabeth Kennedy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve your tickets, or click "donate now" to purchase via credit card.

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