Be The Change: Help Get this Teacher to Haiti!
Organized by: Rae Stevenson
EVENT DATE Jan 05, 2015
Hi! I'm Rae. (or Sienna, as known by family and teachers)
You might know me on tumblr as that chick who went to Haiti with H2H and blogged about it a lot. If you follow me, you might also know me as a teacher at a nonprofit learning center, and the IT and Social Media person for a nonprofit in Jacmel, Haiti called the Art Creation Foundation for Children. Or maybe you don't know me at all! Hello to you, internet.
I need your help with something huge.
The Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC) is a grassroots, tiny little charity with a tiny little budget that is doing huge things. And by huge I mean "holy sh*t, how do you do that on the budget that you do that, this is amazing." We've got over 100 kids, and they're all fed three meals a day, get their school tuition + uniforms paid for, medical care, and art instruction as a means to develop autonomy. Their mosaic artwork is featured all over the walls of their city, and their work has been instrumental in making Jacmel a cultural site.
The problem is that we need help on the ground. The dream is real and the goal is possible: we can help these kids accomplish economic self-sustainability and continue to operate a program that makes a real difference. But to do this, we need staff. Our current stretched and small budget doesn't have the capacity to hire new people, but we desperately need support or the program will flounder. A week or two isn't going to do it; we need people who can stay at least 6 months to help develop a sustainable curriculum, identify programming challenges and help solve them, and -- perhaps most importantly, just interact with kids, and give 'em some extra love and attention. We need someone who can do all this without the organization paying for it, because the money just isn't there.
This is where you and I come in.
I am ready and willing to help in any way I can, but I need your help. The trip, all expenses totaled, will cost around $5,000. I'm saving up to defray the cost, but I can't do it by myself. We're gonna need tumblr/social media help in a huge way to make this happen.
Here's how to help:
- Donate here! Do it! Do the thing! All donations are appreciated, big or small. Anything you can contribute will make a difference!
- If you want, you can get in on a raffle for Haiti stuff signed by Misha by donating. Every $10 you donate will get you 1 entry into the raffle. Make sure you fill out the raffle form!
- Buy a custom necklace! They're $18 +shipping and the message can say whatever you want. Contact me on facebook, tumblr, or via twitter if interested!
- Spread the word! Tell your followers, tell your friends, tell everyone you know. There is power in word of mouth.
Please ask me questions! If I don't know the answers, I will find them for you. You can contact me on tumblr or at email@example.com.
Let's be the change, internet. Let's make this happen.