Bears’ Kyle Adams Helping Haiti
You might remember me working with former Purdue tight end Kyle Adams about a year ago while he was in Nashville training for the NFL Draft. Kyle finished up his rookie year with the Chicago Bears and has been busy this offseason. While most players’ offseason programs include hitting the weight room and getting their conditioning in, Kyle has done a little extra. Kyle is helping build an orphanage in Haiti. Check out the story the Bears’ website did on what he’s been doing to help the hurting country of Haiti. Great work, Kyle. I’m proud of you man.
Adams inspired to help build Haitian orphanageBy: Larry Mayer
Next month after the Bears offseason program ends, second-year tight end Kyle Adams will jump on an airplane and head down to the Caribbean. But he’s not going on vacation.
Adams will spend a week in Haiti helping to build a security fence as part of the construction of an orphanage in the poverty-stricken country. The 24-year-old Texas native will also conduct sports camps, share the gospel with local children and bring food and clothing to other orphanages.
Bears second-year tight end Kyle Adams is planning to make his fifth trip to Haiti in June.
Adams is on the board of directors of the Ephraim Orphan Project, a Christian organization whose mission is to provide a loving family environment for the neediest Haitian children and to educate them for a brighter tomorrow.While attending Purdue, Adams made three mission trips to Haiti in conjunction with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He returned for a fourth time this past February.
“My first time there in 2008 I accepted Christ as my savior and became a Christian, which was a great moment for me,” Adams said. “When I was down there I saw the poverty in Haiti, and the Bible calls us to help those who are poor, who are impoverished and who are struggling.
“That’s a tough country. There’s a lot of poverty down there. You see everything we’ve been given here as Americans and there really is a lot of inequity. God put Haitian people in my heart and I’ve always wanted to help out Haiti.”
A devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010 killed an estimated 316,000 people in Haiti, causing an epidemic of orphaned children. The Ephraim Orphan Project has already raised over $50,000 to erect its first building that will be able to house 18 orphans, but more funds are needed.
“The long term goal is to have 60 children,” Adams said, “and to take them until they’re 18 and give them life skills, not just turn them out at 18 but educate them and give them a trade in Haiti like working on diesel engines or learning how to grow crops, and if possible sending them off to college.”
Adams has been involved with the Ephraim Orphan Project since last November. The organization is spearheaded by Fabiola Valery, a hospital administrator and teacher in Haiti. Other board members include Purdue chaplain Marty Dittmar and Purdue alum Chad Traxler.
“We’ve purchased some property and are leveling the ground and starting to construct some buildings,” Adams said. “We’re trying to raise money and take more of these kids off the street.”
According to its website, the Ephraim Orphan Project understands that the cycles of poverty in Haiti will not be overcome without advancing the skills and education of Haitian youths and is committed to helping orphans achieve university degrees or technical skills that advance themselves and their communities.
Adams knows that there are several worthy causes, but he feels a close bond to those in Haiti.
“I have a special tie to Haiti because that’s where I accepted Christ as my savior and I’ve always just had a heart for the kids down there,” he said.
“The level of poverty in Haiti is really bad. You literally see kids starving to death. People live on less than a dollar a day. I just think with us having so much in this country and them having so little, we should be helping them.”