Pella Chronicle

February 24, 2012

Special event on Monday evening

The Chronicle

Pella — Through a series of connections, we have a great opportunity to hear a young, Haitian native speak on Monday evening at 7:00 pm in Graham Conference center room #1. 

Silentor Esthil-Henderson, an ISU grad, is back in the country to receive ISU’s Alumni Association’s 2012 STATEment Makers Award. Esthil-Henderson serves as In-Country Coordinator for Many Hands for Haiti, a Pella based charity which is launching its “180 for Haiti” campaign to build a school for the children of Gonaives.

A bit about Esthil-Henderson: Facing an advanced infection, Esthil-Henderson was given six months to live as a boy in La Croix, Haiti. Out of options, his mother took a leap of faith that would ultimately save his life. She placed him on the steps of a Haitian mission where he was found by Davenport, Iowa missionary Tommy Henderson. Henderson understood the crucial medical attention Esthil-Henderson needed, brought him back to Iowa to find the best hospital care, and later adopted him. These incredible acts of love and faith from both his mother and adopted father are the reason Esthil-Henderson is motivated to give back to Haitians facing the trials he once did.

Many Hands for Haiti is honored to have Esthil-Henderson leading the “180 for Haiti” campaign, which will provide the funds locals need to build a school and work as teachers and staff for the Gonaives community. This primary education level school will provide 130 children with a head start.

Esthil-Henderson will be speaking about  his life-story and humanitarian work in Haiti.  Please take advantage of this opportunity and encourage your students and friends to hear more about this Iowa-Haiti connection.

For more information on Esthil-Henderson, Many Hands for Haiti or the “180 for Haiti” campaign, visit