To me it seems most people still associate Haiti with the 2010 earthquake tragedy, but there is so much more to this country than a natural disaster. Throughout history, the people of Haiti have dealt with a myriad of hardships, from colonization, to political corruption, to disease, this country has not had it easy. I don't have the words to fully describe the situation, and these pictures and articles say more than I ever could: http://www.haitiantimes.com/
Coming from technologically advanced, priviliged nations, it's difficult for any of us to relate to these issues, but we can all agree that the situation in Haiti is very unfortunate and not the fault of the Hatian citizans. Many people will look past this, thinking, "What can I do to help? I don't matter." But you do. Even if you think your contribution is too small, or that others will contribute, every little bit goes a long way.
Imagine those days you're walking down the road, or through the supermarket, and you find a dollar lying on the floor. That feels pretty good, finding an extra dollar, doesn't it? And to us, a dollar isn't even all that much. Now imagine giving a dollar to a child in Haiti. One U.S. dollar is worth 41.35 Hatian gourdes. To that child, receiving that gift is not just a little extra pocket change. It's the hope in the knowledge that there is someone out there who cares about their situation, hope that there is someone out there who can help them.
What's in this for me?
First of all, my own mother doesn't support or believe in me, so please prove her wrong!!!!
Going on this trip is important to me on a personal level. It's not a free vacation. It's work. Plus, if I raise the $5000, I still have to pay my way to Florida to meet with the team, and also pay for food and lodging. This isn't a scheme to try and become pals with Misha Collins, as awesome as that may be.
What this IS, is an excellent opportunity to expand my horizons, to feel a personal sense of accomplishment, that I'm doing something right. I'm a 23-year-old college graduate, living with the parents, and working at Target. It's cheesy to say "I'm meant for something more," but it's true. I have very strong feelings about human rights and equality, and it's time I stepped up to do something more than reblog a depressing news article on Tumblr.
I also feel like I would be an excellent asset to this team. There's the standard qualities I'm sure everyone will claim to have, that I'm a hard worker and get along excellent with everyone, but there is more. I did mention that I'm a college graduate, and my bachelor's degree is in French, which just so happens to be the official language of Haiti. I feel that doing charity work in a francophone country will be one of the best experiences I could have, and it will open several doors for a future career in my field.
So please, take just a minute on my page to help this cause. It means a lot to a great many people.
If you still need a bit more motivation to get going, I'm fairly decent at drawing! So if you donate, drop a request, and I'll draw something for you! =)
RANDOM ACTS wrote -
Two years ago, after a destructive and devastating earthquake ravaged Haiti, Random Acts provided major funding for a journey to Jacmel to assist in rebuilding homes, communities and lives. During our initial visit, a dental clinic was reconstructed, an orphanage was refurbished and a carpentry school with 1600 donated tools was founded.
Later, in 2011, Misha Collins and the Random Acts team returned. This time, we were joined by a group of 22 enthusiastic volunteers. For the volunteers, work began before they arrived in Haiti. To secure their spot, each person expended vast amounts of energy and determination to raise at least $5000. What a great accomplishment! The monies raised from those donations, and donations from our amazing supporters, provided the tools and supplies used during our mission.
While there, the volunteers and staff opened their hearts and arms to demonstrate the true power of kindness. They worked in the fierce heat of the Haitian sun to aid in the construction of a multi-purpose community center; a facility that will provide shelter, as well as educate and feed homeless and orphaned children. Plus, our team members participated in creative and recreational activities with the children, such as arts, crafts and games.
But, our work isn’t done. That's why we're going back in 2012.
In order to participate, you must raise your funds through Crowdrise at this project page.
Register your profile, then click the Join the Team button to get started.
For details about the Hope to Haiti project, including requirments for joining the trip, please visit our Hope to Haiti website.