Dec. 8 fund raiser at Sandy Valley High School will aid Haitian children who are victims of poverty

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On their fourth trip to Haiti, Doug and Pamela (Ellington) Diehl, of Waynesburg, were hit once again with the reality of why they have decided to adopt.

They are amazed at the way their life has changed in two short years. When Mallery (Thurlow) Neptune, great-granddaughter of the late Clay Elson (a former Waynesburg resident) came to Little Country Church in May of 2011, the Diehls never imagined they would feel led to adopt. After listening to Mallery speak, they decided to take the first step.

Now, almost two years later, they are ready to bring two toddlers home from the Hope House in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Because of their firm belief in the good work that Haiti Foundation Against Poverty is doing, the Diehls, along with cousin, Ronda Williams, of Magnolia, are hosting a fund-raising event. All proceeds will strictly go to HFAP to help in the ministry to Haitian children.

When visiting Haiti on a mission trip, HFAP founder Mallery Thurlow witnessed first hand the abject poverty of the residents of Haiti, and was motivated to do something about the plight of the poor and disadvantaged there. In 2006, Mallery began serving the poor by distributing food and sponsoring children's education. Within the first year of operation, their numbers grew from sponsoring 12 children to sponsoring over 120. In 2007, she established the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty.

The organization's primary goals include improving education, providing health care, supporting children and encouraging small business development among women all in the name of Jesus Christ.

In 2008, HFAP opened it's own Christian elementary school, Les Bours School of Hope in Port-au-Prince. They currently have 240 students enrolled, and their sponsorship program exceeds 300 children.

In 2009, they opened a clinic located in Les Bours. The clinic provides testing and care for all of their students. It also has open clinic days for Les Bours and Cite Soleil throughout the year.

In 2010, Mallery moved to Haiti to open an orphanage and a women's business program. HOPE House cares for severely malnourished children.

Also in 2010, Mallery Thurlow became Mallery Neptune. She fell in love with a Haitian man, named Frentz Neptune. They were married in Michigan on July 20. The couple lives together at HOPE House where they direct HFAP s programs and coordinate short-term mission teams.

Both the Neptune and Thurlow families will soon be in the Sandy Valley area. Mallery will speak at a HFAP fundraiser at Sandy Valley High School on Dec. 8. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and a chicken dinner will be served at 6. This event will feature local musicians and fun activities for families. Over 35 baskets and gift cards will be raffled. Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for children.

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