Team Tassy founder Ian Rosenberger and supporter Chris Murrer will run this year's Sahara Race (a fully self-supported 150 mile race in Jordan) to raise $50,000 to help expand our work in Menelas, Port-au-Prince. No amount is too small. Join us today!
In March of 2010, in Cite Soleil, Team Tassy founder Ian Roseberger met a boy named Tassy Fils-aime. Tassy had survived the January earthquake that left 1.5 million people homeless, 300,000 dead, and countless communities in desperate need; still, he was going to die because he was born in a country that lacked the resources to operate on a tennis ball-sized tumor on his face. Even if the tumor were to be removed, what would Tassy's future be like in one of the poorest neighborhoods on the planet? His immediate issue was medical, but the root problem was poverty.
With the help of family, a few friends, and several geneous donors, Ian and his team raised the money necessary and organized a procedure that saved Tassy's life. However, they realized that by just getting him home healthy without education or a job - without sticking with him until he didn't need them anymore - they weren't really doing anything but making themselves feel better.
The team found Tassy access to a quality education and got him on the path to achieving his dream of becoming a doctor. They also went back and worked through some of the basic financial issues his family was experiencing that Tassy wouldn't be able to take care of himself until he had a job. The only thing they asked in return was that when he was able, he reach back and help another family like his. The process changed all of their lives. Tassy taught them that by involving themselves personally, they encouraged hope and confidence. By going one step further and taking on his whole family, they nurtured a little trust. The accompaniment process was labor intensive, expensive, emotionally draining, and not very sexy, which threw into sharp relief why most organizations don't do it. It also brought health, education, and a plan for complete sustainability to a kid and family that had none, which is exactly why more organizations should. They gave Tassy a fighting chance. Tassy gave them a philosophy.
Today, Team Tassy serves about 70 family members in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We prepare and place our families into good, dignified jobs, so so that they can pull themselves out of poverty forever. In the process, we provide access to medical care, an education, and food assistance that enables a family to reach stability and succeed in the work place. With your help, we can work with more families in Haiti. Join us today.
If you or your company are interested in providing a matching amount or have questions about our work in Haiti, please send us a message.