BENEFITING: Trees for the Future, Inc.
The organization, J/P HRO (http://jphro.org) is amazing. They combine highly skilled workers, passion and efficiency and they get incredible results. Of the 300 employees of J/P HRO, 95% are Haitians- meaning this NGO is of the people, for the people, entrenched in and dedicated to the communities it serves.
So naturally, I was pretty delighted (the jumping-around-the-kitchen-fists-pumping-whoo-hooing kind of delighted) to get the phone call yesterday giving me the green light; as soon as I get myself to Haiti, J/P HRO are ready to put me to work in my new position. I will be working full time with a Haitian counterpart (to eventually replace me), finding interested community garden leaders, securing markets for excess produce, creating training materials and developing monitoring/evaluation tools. High food costs in Port-au-Prince contribute to poverty and poor nutrition and this project aims to improve nutrition while generating income, too. I have big ideas, lots of energy, much love for African and Carribean cultures, and even a bit of higher education and relevant experience in my tool bag, all to help me... help Haiti.
Volunteering abroad is not free, or even as cheap as you might imagine. And while I have been saving and planning for this dream to come true for awhile, a large portion of those savings will be spent on moving expenses and the cost of a flight down to Haiti. Which is where you lovely people come in. I need some small monetary assistance to- you guessed it- Help Me Help Haiti! I need around $10/day for a minimum of 6 months, to enable me to live and volunteer in Haiti. Your small donation will help me with living expenses while I work full time and then some towards a very special goal.