Raymond Wong wrote -
SOPUDEP (Society of Providence United for the Economic Development of Petion-Ville) is a Haitian founded and run grassroots organization located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The organization’s Founder and Director is Madam Réa Dol, a tireless advocate for a just, democratic, and prosperous Haiti. For her leadership, integrity, and hard work, Réa has earned wide respect in Haiti and the attention of foreign journalists such as New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof. She was the focus of one of his column on “Can Foreign Aid Help This Girl?” and is prominently featured in his book and film “A Path Appears” that premiered on PBS in February, 2015.
As a group of Googlers and Non-Googlers we will be visiting SOPUDEP to learn more about their organization. Our trip will be unlike those of most missionaries and NGOs, we work to build up the people of Haiti and the grassroots organizations, so that they can become self sustaining. We stand in solidarity with the Haitian people to prove our loyalty to the construction of Haiti by Haiti. It has been a life-changing experience for all that have been a part of this movement and I hope you will join us in our efforts!
Delegation description and purpose: *To personally deliver supplies and funds to Haitian grassroots orgs *To work shoulder to shoulder with Haitians in constructing the new building for SOPUDEP school *To meet with Haitian community/human rights activists to understand more about the realities in Haiti and ways to build partnerships (schools, orphanages, women’s groups) *To visit an IDP (internally displaced persons) camp in Delmas where thousands of families are still living in tents post-earthquake and address their relocation needs *To learn about the role of foreign intervention in Haiti’s past in order to understand its current state We are raising funds to help support SOPUDEP in their effort to provide educational opportunities to the Haitian community.