BENEFITING: VISIONTRUST INTERNATIONAL INC
EVENT DATE: Oct 10, 2014
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THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING THIS PARTNERSHIP! With just a few days to go, I'm almost at the funding goal (THANK YOU DONORS!). If you're passionate about kids and fair chances for good futures, please read this proposal and consider joining me in it. Thanks!
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A small group of adventurers (yours truly included), being led by nonprofit VisionTrust International, are heading to Haiti to serve a special population of children...who are endentured servants / modern day slaves.
To help change their future, we're going to build neat things in the village, like solar water pumps, and finish a schoolhouse (!) with real bathrooms and kitchens. But, most importantly, we'll build relationships, showing everyone we meet how much they’re loved, valued and that there IS a hope and a future for them.
I'm reaching out to you to see if you'd like to be a part of this project. I'm seeking a donation of ANY size to help in the effort.
And please keep in mind what "any" donation can do...consider $1 will buy a paintbrush in the US, or 3 in Haiti (you get my point...it all helps). Funds given are routed to VisionTrust, and will go directly into THIS project's construction budget (and some art & educational materials too).
Remember back in 2010, the 7.0 earthquake that knocked Haiti's civilization back a few decades, if not more? Residual damage continues to flow from that grievous disaster (FOUR years ago), where a country of 9.9 million has now 'won' the title of "most poverty-stricken nation in the Western Hemisphere." Sad consequences of such events force people to do once-unthinkable things, like send their children away into slavery.
Restavek: French-Creole for "one who stays with." In Haiti, a restavek is a child that has been given away by their parents, extended family, (or they're orphans), because they just don’t have the resources or ability to provide for the child's basic human needs.
"Wealthier" homes take restaveks in, to live as indentured servants. In urban areas, they're usually adequately fed, provided basic clothing and provisions, and may receive some form of education.
But in rural Haiti, restaveks live in abject poverty, most are abused, and the odds of them receiving any form of education are slim. This is slavery, and it is alive and well in Haiti, and is robbing these kids of their future.
One more thing, this practice is completely legal in Haiti - until the child turns 15. Because at 15, the host family is required to pay them, which most won't. So they're turned loose again, with little to no education, and extremely limited options. What is Haiti's future to look like in another 10 - 20 years?
SO - under the direction of VisionTrust we're going to a very rural area to help complete a school for local restaveks to attend once complete. This project has taken a lot of relationship and community trust-building, but positive outcomes already flood in, and possibilities for these kids are endless.
• Build solar-powered water pump with filtration
• Finish school restrooms (a MAJOR luxury, outhouses aren’t even common)
• Provide classroom with electricity, install lights
• Finish and furnish school kitchen (again, luxury, cooking is done outdoors)
• Furnish classrooms and train Haitians to build desks/furniture
• Paint inside/outside of school
• Build relationships, play with the kids and have fun! (with soccer balls, yes)
[Some materials must be bought in the US (and we'll bring in with us), but VisionTrust always tries to support the Haitian economy by buying local, where possible.]
*my favorite* build relationships with the kids, and the broader community in which they live. And, if all goes well, perhaps a few basic lessons together (brushing up on my French/Creole you ask? Pourquoi oui et anpil!)
If something tugs at your heart and you’d like to participate in this exciting project, please donate. Donations are tax-deductible. But please remember, any sized gift counts...and will be a HUGE blessing.
If you're unable to make a contribution at this time, no worries! But, I have a favor to ask...okay three:
(1) please keep us in your thoughts and say a few prayers between October 10 – 18: for safe travel, and return...
(2) that we channel lots of love, encouragement and appreciation to everyone we meet, and
(3) consider passing this info along to anyone you think may want to join in the adventure.
Much love to you all.