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    Dear friends of OfC,

    This is a letter we all wish did not need to be written. We have sad news to share with you. Our dear friend and Haitian project manager, Timothe Indrik, died Thursday, August 13, from an acute medical problem.

    Most of you got to know Timo through our stories, and some of you had the privilege of actually meeting this extraordinary man. He was a great man with a heart to care for all people. He loved Haiti, he loved its people, and he loved each and every one of the OfC and Young Life students he so hospitably hosted. He loved us as family, and we will deeply miss our Brother.

    On Wednesday, following the great success of Lekol Dete 2015, Timothe was again orchestrating the completion of the Maranatha School for Restavek children, with a work crew of eight on site roughing in the electrical system and finishing concrete walls. That evening, according to Timo’s son Edilson, Timo complained of intense neck pain and went to the hospital, but was checked and let go. Thursday morning, his condition grew much worse, and he passed away later that morning. We may never know the exact cause, but we do know that he takes big parts of our hearts with him.

    Please pray for Timothe’s children and extended family; for all the Haitians and others he supported; for all the various organizations he led; and for OfC as we carry his spirit forward in all our programs – which are Timothe’s programs.

    We and OfC are endlessly grateful for the opportunity we had to know and to work with Timo, and to experience the positive energy he brought to the unempowered. We have been greatly personally blessed to have had his influence in our lives. Many people who never knew him are blessed by knowing that their prayers and financial support truly changed the lives of so many, and that the work continues. While we are sad to know we won’t see him again, his smile and his vision are alive in OfC and each of us, and we are thankful for the opportunity to continue his work.

    Memorial donations in honor of Timo and his legacy can be made using the PayPal link or by sending a gift to the address shown below.

    Our wish for peace,

    Doug Albertson

    Ken Mundt

    Cyn Kendall


One of the things that excites us is all of the energy and offers we get from you in the community. If you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference, we want to meet you! Please contact OfC's adult volunteer coordinator.

Many thanks to all who have volunteered their time, energy, money! Some examples:

# Kuhn Riddle Architects for donating a design and plans for a new kitchen at the Bon Samaritain School in Les Cayes, Haiti, which houses INSTITUTION MIXTE MARANATHA DE SIMON - the afternoon school for Restavek children
# South Amherst Congregational Church whose generous donation made it possible to construct the kitchen
# Highlander Logo Wear & Trophies (formerly Belchertown Sports Shed) for providing team jerseys for the OfC sponsored football (soccer) clubs, Ouragan FC and Surprise de Bellabe
# St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Greenfield
for collecting LOTS of shoes – which has become a permanent project – and the St. Paul’s High School youth group who sort and package the shoes for transport to Haiti


$5 a month pays one child's tuition at the restavek school where OfC has developed & runs vocational training programs.
$20 can buy 5 fruit trees or 20 pigeon pea plants for the OfC Bellabe village agricultural project.
$75/month will subsidize a teacher salary at the schools we support.

Send your tax deductible* donation to:
Opportunities for Communities, Inc.
260 Lincoln Avenue. Amherst, MA 01002
or Click on the PayPal link to make a secure credit card donation:
* OfC is a 501(c)(3) Public Educational Charity under 170(b)(1)(A)(ii).

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