Organized by: ReaMichelle Wolfe Jakubowski
Haiti's entire entire history has been filled with poverty. As of 2010, 2-3 MILLION people from the United States attended a short term mission trip. Why should you help me go on another one? Along with my church, I have made a long term commitment to helping thousands in Haiti to change their lives. Currently, we have raised money in our church to hire Haitians to build a fresh water well in their community. This well is providing fresh, clean drinking water to approximately 3,000 residents around the village of Sapaterre. As you may know, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with more than 6 million people out of 10.4 million (59%) living under the national poverty line of $2.42 per day and over 2.5 million (24%) living under the national extreme poverty line of $1.23 per day. The new water well is also providing construction jobs. With a water well, Cherry Hills Community Church was able to hire laborers to build a new structure for this community. Why is this structure important? Not only will it provide a place for Haitian Christians to attend church, but it will also serve as a community center where Haitians can go for physical, social and educational support through programs and partners, which we will support from Colorado. Our mission will be to engage with other partners in a JOB CREATION PROGRAM on the north coast to boost Haiti's budding tourism industry, as well as assisting coffee and cacoa growers with the importing and marketing of Haitian coffee and chocolate here in the U.S. I, along with an amazing team, will be headed to Haiti August 1-9. We will be praying and consulting with our new Haitian friends about how we can continue to come alongside them over the long haul. This includes providing them with guidance in farming techniques and business training to allow them to become more self-sufficient and not dependent on well-intentioned, but sometimes harmful charitable and government programs. I understand that for some, it is difficult to donate money that helps people so far from our own home. First I encourage everyone to help those around your own community! But please know that our love for this world should have no bounds. Help me show love to a beautiful nation of motivated people that are ready to learn. Help us help them sustain their families so that so many children are not given up for adoption which often leads to child trafficking. Will you help me? Will you help my team and I travel to Haiti? It is our greatest desire for this trip to allow us, from a place of love, to come alongside our new Haitian friends, learn why poverty is so systemic in their area, and provide hope and to restore their dignity by alleviating poverty. And I need your help.