together we will make a difference


Gary and Mavis Unger originally came to Haiti in December of 2014 on a two week trip to help host an evangelical conference for local women. It was then that they met their now daughter Mitchella. (see more...)

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Want to be a part of BOA's mission and help us ensure the girls' future possibilities become reality? There are many ways you can do just that! Consider joining our prayer team, supporting us financially or (see more...)

our mission

~To transform the lives of marginalized children. ~ To improve the quality of life for orphans and street children by providing a home and taking care of all their daily needs. ~ To provide resources, training, education and support to break the cycle of poverty.


We believe that every child has the right to feel safe and be protected. We live in a wonderful safe and supportive community and we have great relationships in the community so the girls know they are protected.


We believe that mental health is as important as physical health. We strive to provide the support our kids need for proper psychological and emotional development. Our girls are supported by a licensed counsellor.


We believe that every child has a right to proper nutrition for their growth and development. We buy local fresh fruits and vegetables to support the community and to give our girls the nutrition rich diet they had previously been deprived of.


We believe that every child has a right to an education. Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and to building self-confidence. We are committed to helping our girls overcome cognitive obstacles and reach their full potential.  

Medical Care

We believe that every child has a right to proper healthcare and medical treatment.


We believe that true freedom can only be found in Christ. We are committed to raising our girls in a Christian atmosphere and teaching them about God's unconditional love for them. We attend church together as a family.


The Ungers

"Called in a totally new direction..."

Gary Unger was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. A few years later and few miles away Mavis Kornelsen was born in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada. The two were adolescent frenemies turned high school sweethearts. They were (see more...) 

meet our girls

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made... we are the 11 girls who call BOA home


Ken & Kim Morrow

Seeing the girls embrace Gary and Mavis as Mommie and Poppie was a joy, the example of the father heart of God. Beauty Out Of Ashes is exactly that! The girls have been chosen by Jesus to be part of the true family of God. The journey has and will be amazing.

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Valerie Lobeda

Gary and Mavis are a wonderful couple who exemplify God's love. They have given love, safety and a sense of family to the girls in their home. I was blessed to be able to visit their house and experience the lighthearted and fun atmosphere they have created for all the girls! I cannot wait to see how God continues to use them in this ministry.


Reid Pullen

Beauty out of Ashes serves to help children who were once enslaved. They first love them and then educate them and show them Jesus’ true unconditional love. Beauty out of Ashes is a life saving organization that teaches Haitian children that they are valuable and loved.


Molly Little

Gary and Mavis pour themselves into the hurts and healing of their girls helping them find freedom in the love of Jesus and in the day to day commitment of family. They are absolutely amazing!!! I feel so privileged to know such beautiful souls who truly live out the love of Christ!


Dave Williams

BOA is a great example of what making a difference means. Gary and Mavis saw a need and chose not to just talk about it, but to actually roll their sleeves up and be a solution. They are the real deal! 

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