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Our Mission:

“Building a N.E.S.T. of sustainable change and hope for rural communities of Haiti and other developing countries.”

-UNF

 


Recent U.N.F. Updates: 

  Scheduled Trips of 2019!!

Join us on one of our trips of 2019! 

  • January 4th-11th
  • March 22nd-28th 
  • August T.B.D.

**OUR GUEST HOUSE IS NOW OPEN!!**

Click on this hyperlink to check it out and book a stay with us in Haiti!—> Guest House


United N.E.S.T. Foundation

Why Haiti?

Rural Haiti is where some of the poorest of the poor live, yet these people possess a relentless drive to overcome poverty.  Thanks to technologies such as satellites, smart phones, and solar electricity, changing the story of rural Haiti is only a matter of time.  Schools, churches, medical clinics, and micro-businesses are more real today than at any other point in Haiti’s history. 

Historically, Haitians needed to live in or near Port-Au-Prince in order to provide for their families. Still today, mothers often leave their children behind and travel for days to sell their goods at the market places. Our goal at United N.E.S.T. Foundation is to rewrite that story by planting micro-businesses, education, athletics, and health directly in these small villages; so these nests of families, parents, grandparents, and friends can stay together. We soundly believe families are stronger and healthier when they live in the country, away from the distress of Haiti’s larger cities; yet to make that belief a reality there needs to be a secure infrastructure.


How do we do this? 

Today, thanks to technology, we are able to bypass large organizations both in the United States and in Haiti to make real and sustainable change happen. We work directly with each community, their leaders, teachers, and pastors to establish a clear and attainable plan.  

 


What is a NEST?

Have you ever looked closely at a birds nest and marveled at the symbiotic beauty in Gods work? How delicate and intertwined, along with perfect design to hold life and sustain growth. Yet light and agile, small and big twigs relying on each other to keep a foundation together.

United N.E.S.T. Foundation chose the metaphor of a N.E.S.T. (Nourish, Empower, Strengthen, and Transform) for just the reason that it stands for; the strength of small and capable working together. For us, we absolutely believe in the collective wisdom of those who live in and around small villages.


 

A NEST is a safe harbor. It is a place to feel secure. A place where family and friends gather for shelter, reassurance, vision, and for prayer. A nest to take care of each other, to grow, to learn, and become.

 

 

A NEST is a community of people that are committed to one another in big and small ways.

A NEST is a place where families reach out for one another; a place where children thrive, businesses grow, and hands are joined.


A NEST is home!

-United N.E.S.T. Foundation supports coming behind communities in flexible ways to facilitate village sustainability-

 

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Sending love as you celebrate and mourn the passing of the Matriarch of Pignon and Central Plateau. May you gather again at the river one day. Our love to you.
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We at UNF send our most heartfelt condolences to the Lucien family as well as the community of Pignon. A table is being prepared in Heaven for the Matriarch of the Central Plateau. May her soul always light the way for others.
Obituary
Athenienne Aneveque Seriphin Lucien of Pignon, Haiti, beloved wife for 64 years to Rev. Sidoine Lucien, went to be with Jesus on Saturday, December 7, 2019, surrounded by her family and loved ones. She is the mother of ten children. Mrs. Lucien was born on August 15, 1940, and was the eighth of nine children born to the late Aneveque Seriphin and Clelia Brillant. She was born and remained a citizen of Pignon, Haiti all of her life, although she spent 28 years in Cap-Haitian (in Pignon when school was not in session), to allow her children the opportunity to obtain an education. In the latter years of her life, she split her time between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Haiti. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at the age of 8 years old at VBS. Together with her husband, Mrs. Lucien started the Jerusalem Baptist Church in 1977, and today the ministry has grown to include 121 churches, 17 schools, four medical clinics, four orphanages, and a four-year University. Mrs. Lucien saw ministry as an avenue to spread the gospel and win souls for Christ; she believed in sowing seeds in the life of people around her without hesitation. She viewed every opportunity God gave her to make a difference as a gift. In addition to her children, Mrs. Lucien has opened her home to more than two hundred orphans, homeless, and others who needed a home over the past 64 years. She always encouraged others to give sacrificially rather than out of their excess. She often said that because she surrendered her life, time, money, and resources to God, in return, He has blessed her generation beyond anything she could have thought or imagined! She loved and adored all of her children equally. Until the end, she was a woman of God, prayer warrior, queen to her family, faithful wife, devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to many.

Her faith and love for Jesus Christ was the cornerstone of her life. As a result, He was evident in everything she touched. She was adored, loved, and will be missed forever!

She is survived by her sister, Amenia Pierre, her brother Charles Seriphin, her husband, Sidoine Lucien, her children Nehemie (Anel) Ossius, Henoc (Guerline) Lucien, Caleb (Debbie) Lucien, Prima Lucien, Jephthe (Widmide) Lucien, Ephranie (Calvin) Chapman, Ephraim (Nandy) Lucien, Sarah (John) Mitial, Rachelle Lucien, and Moise Lucien. She is the cherished grandmother of 40 and great grandmother of 5 biological children. She was joyously awaiting the birth of her 6th great grandson who is due any day now. She also has many more children, grand and great grandchildren through the orphanages. She will also be missed by her church family, many nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and neighbors.

The wake is scheduled for Saturday, December 21 at 6 pm and the funeral will be on Sunday, December 22, both at the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Pignon, Haiti. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Athenienne Lucien’s memory to Jerusalem Baptist Mission (JBM) on behalf of Gaspard school and church. This is the last church and school she founded:

Jerusalem Baptist Mission (JBM)
P.O. Box 601
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

Rest in peace, Manman Sidoine, we will always love you!
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