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Haitian Connection - Helping Jérémie

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BENEFITING: Haitian Connection

Margaret Sirovatka

THE STORY:

You may remember that in 2012 I taught an international finance course in Jérémie, Haiti for the University of the Nouvelle Grand'Anse ("UNOGA). Jérémie was one of the hardest-hit regions in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew. Here is the sad news from the University Rectrice: "Into our 7th year the university suffered immense losses. After a great start with some very dedicated people, and being in the middle of our second course for the first semester hurricane Matthew ravaged the university." As my mom Helen used to say, "if everyone gave a small amount...". I am only soliciting $10 donations. The nonprofit organization "Haitian Connection" is a 501c3 entity and supports the university and several other target programs in Jérémie (see their website: http://www.haitianconnection.org/). Due to its small revenue base, Haitian Connection is not required to file an IRS 990 and therefore is not rated by Charity Navigator. However, my onsite "due diligence" and continued communications with their President and visiting professors provide me with strong conviction that your funds will be used efficiently and ethically. I am not going to tell you that my experience in 2012 was "life-changing" as that term is trite. The people of Jérémie are individuals who are as worthy of the basic necessities of life as any of us. Foreign aid may eventually touch these lives, or it may not. There is an immediacy and efficacy that is often best met by individuals like us. Thanks, Margi

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