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Ninotte Lubin, CPM


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Back in Haiti

We are happy to report that Ninotte is safely back in Haiti after a long visit to the U.S. In all, she spent five weeks in Traverse City, MI, five days in Howell, MI, and eight days with her brother and his family in Florida. She had a amazing time promoting Grace Community Birth Center and meeting many new people and new supporters. Now that she is back on the ground in Haiti, she won’t stop working until the inaugural event of a functional birth center! And all of us here at Grace are so excited to keep helping her along that journey.

Ninotte says:

“As I reflect on my time out of Haiti, I realize how happy I can always be just by helping others. So, the key of my happiness is ‘giving back what I receive.'”

 

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Giving Tuesday- Donations Doubled!

Happy Giving Tuesday!

Thanks to a generous sponsor, from now until the end of the week all donations made to Grace Community Birth Center will be doubled, up to a total of $1000!

So come on, Grace Community Birth Center supporters. Let’s raise $2000 more for Grace before Friday!

And, it is now possible to make TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations!

Canadian supporters:

This link will take you to the MNMF donation page where you can specify a donation to Ninotte.

U.S supporters:

Make out a check to ‘Bay Eye Charitable Foundation’ (with a note that it is intended for Grace Community Birth Center) and mail it to 530 W. 11th Street, Traverse City, Michigan 49684. Bay Eye Charitable Foundation is a 501c3 that has kindly offered to take Grace under its wing. So all donations made via this method are tax deductible.

Or, if it is more convenient for you, please make a donation using our PayPal account (not yet tax deductible, but coming soon!):


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Thank you Traverse City supporters!

Thank you Traverse City supporters and friends!

I remain in the condition in which I was called: to serve, not to be served because God gives me nothing I wanted. He gives me everything that I needed.

Your support, contribution, and love for Grace Community Birth Center at the fundraising party in Traverse City, Michigan on November 13th left me speechless. The blessings you have brought through Kathi Mulder (Dance of Life Midwifery) to my midwifery journey since 2011, when she and her daughter Tara met me in Haiti, and now when you have met me in person, are countless.

Your loving energy, hugs, words of encouragement, delicious Haitian food —you have melted my heart. The best part of the fundraiser day was the little girl, pictured below, who came with her grandmother and was the first to put some money in the basket. Her love took all my anxiety away. Her mom bought that Haitian piece of art work she is holding and I witnessed her arguing with her mom that she wanted it to be in her room. That was so sweet! Her sense of love reinforces my convictions about how children are the soul of a society. We can build in them a strong sense of unconditional love so we don’t have to repair broken people in the future.

 kristens-daugherKristen Shook’s daughter- Margo


Thank you, too, to all those who shopped at Oryana on November 10th. They said that it was a record 2% day. $1626 has been donated to the project because of your generosity.

mom-and-ninotte-at-oryanaKathi Mulder and Ninotte Lubin at Oryana CO-OP in Traverse City, Michigan

The world is full of hatred, prejudice, craziness. It’s easier to go there, but you have decided to help improve the lives of other people. It’s a choice. It’s love. It’s deeply appreciated. You are moving with us to help decrease the maternal and neonatal mortality rate in Haiti through prenatal education (I have done it and seen the benefits for vulnerable families), skillfully attended births, and postpartum education. With your help we will be able to educate young people about their sexual lives and support and strengthen families by creating a safe place that respects and supports women and men in their role as parents, in a country in desperate need of the renewal of human values. You are also helping to create a place for young people to learn and practice love, compassion, mutual aid, and a sense of responsibility that will bring a new future for Haiti. They can do better if we help them better.

We do not yet have what we need to start the first phase of the project, but it’s a great beginning. Please continue to donate as you are able. You can make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE (!) donation by making out a check to ‘Bay Eye Charitable Foundation’ (with a note that it is intended for Grace Birth Center) and mailing it to 530 W 11Th Street, Traverse City, Michigan 49684. Or you can donate via the website: gracebirthcenter.org. Stay tuned for a tax deductible donation portal on the website. Coming soon!

Please, as the Haitian Creole proverb said: men anpil chay pa lou (many hands make the load light), consider contributing more to the project.

Special thanks to Dance of Life Midwifery (Kathi Mulder, Katy Hobbs, Kristen Shook, Connie Eccles, Kristen Burgess) for their spectacular organization of the fundraising; Craig Mulder for his tireless help; Michigan Midwives Association for advertising the events. Thanks to Geradine Simkins for her book sales contributions and this beautiful love letter posted below; Kristen Shook, Summer Ison, Tom & Allison Dayton, Katy Hobbs, Flora Biancalana & Bob Brown, Bonnie Spanier, Lisa Franseen, Nadia, Sonja & Amy Moehle for the delicious Haitian meals you made; Thank you E-Minor, who gifted us with beautiful musics, Tadem Ciders for the hard cider and Shorts for the beer. Thank you Kathi Mulder for leading all of that and always making me feel at home!

With unconditional LOVE,
Ninotte Lubin, CPM- Founder of Grace Community Birth Center

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kristas-letter

 


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Multi-Nation Missions Foundation

Canadian supporters we have great news! Ninotte has joined with Multi-Nations Foundation based in Abbotsford, BC.

Multi-Nation Missions Foundation is a Canadian charitable organization with a motto: “Bringing Hope to the Unreached and Those in Need.” What this means for Ninotte is that she will have MNMF support in terms of her mission, vision, budgeting and ultimately will have financial accountability. MNMF will provide oversight to her projects and will be the link between Canadian supporters and Ninotte. This means that those who have been supporting Ninotte will finally be able to get a tax receipt for all their donations!

This is great news for those of you who would like to contribute but haven’t been able to write off donations in the past. This is a huge step forward for Grace Community Birth Center. So Canadian friends, jump on board and click on this link that will take you to the MNMF donation page where you can specify a donation to Ninotte. Check out Ninotte’s MNMF profile here.

MNMF will take a 5% administration fee, the rest goes right to Haiti where it will be put to work. Share this news with your friends and family. Good things to come!


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Travel to US and Fundraiser 11/13

Tomorrow, Ninotte is traveling to the US and will be stateside until December 10. As part of her trip and in coordination with Dance of Life Midwifery, she will be holding a fundraiser for Grace Birth Center in Traverse City, MI.

It will be a great time to meet Ninotte if you have never met her before, or to catch up with her if you have! There will be Haitian-style food to sample and a variety of beverages. Ninotte will talk about the project, where we are, and what is needed. You will also be able to purchase Haitian artwork.

Fundraiser Details
Saturday, November 13
4 pm – 6pm
The Grand Traverse Circuit
425 W 14th St.

Mark your calendars!

Please check the Dance of Life Midwifery and Grace Community Birth Center Facebook pages for more details closer to the event. Email or FB Message us if you would like to be added to a mailing list for the event. We hope to see many of you there!


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Bees!

So much has been going on with the Grace Community Birth Center Project over the past two and half months!

Thanks to generous donations from the following supporters, Ninotte was able to pay the engineer to finalize the architectural plans for Grace Birth Center and to continue traveling to the land that will house the Center:

Valentina Villa

Colleen Donahoe

Makaia Foster

Summer Bigham

Mercy in Action, Vineyard inc.

S. Star Bontrager

Thank you all!

And stay tuned for a blueprint of the plans!

During one of her visits to the land this summer, Ninotte found a nest of bees. With the help of SAGE, she was able to capture the swarm and relocate it to a hive. Now Grace will have its own honey supply!

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Finally, Ninotte will be traveling the United States during the month of October in order to promote the Grace Community Birth Center Project. We will be updating soon about her plans for fundraising. In the meantime, we continue to need your support for Ninotte’s travel and to support the implementation of larger fundraising efforts. Please donate what you can and consider becoming a recurring monthly donor!


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