Let me tell you a story.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who didn’t know what to do with her life. She was blessed with an education, with housing and food and health and all the sorts of things frequently taken for granted. But none of it seemed to mean much. She flitted from hobby to hobby, sport to sport, looking for something with meaning.
Until three years ago, when an earthquake shattered Haiti, a small impoverished country in the Caribbean, half of an easily forgotten and ignored island.
The girl learned about a group called Random Acts, which arranged fundraising efforts in order to build a children’s centre to house and educate orphans. In 2011, Random Acts said they were taking a team to do actual hands-on work in Jacmel, Haiti, and the girl’s heart leapt within her and said, “Yes. Do this.”
So she worked hard and begged her friends for help and pulled weeds and baked cookies and for two summers, she went to Haiti and worked hard there and saw the Jacmel Children’s Centre go from being an empty dirt plot to being a concrete building frame. She saw children at an art school who had next to nothing to call their own, yet were generous beyond measure with what little they had, as well as their love. She felt like she was finally doing something meaningful.
But that wasn’t the end of the story. In February 2013, Random Acts announced Hope to “Haiti 2013: Homecoming,” meant to oversee the finishing touches on the Jacmel Children’s Centre and to visit the art school children in their new homes. And the girl knows in her heart that it is time to finish the project and see the building to its completion.
So. Once again, I will be baking cookies and pulling weeds and doing odd jobs and begging you for help so that together we can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children (and adults) in Jacmel, Haiti. In order to go on the trip, which runs June 21-29, I will need to be one of the first 24 people to raise $5000 (plus all my own expenses and airfare).
What’s in it for you? (You mean other than the warm fuzzies and knowing that you’re helping people in need?)
- All donations of $75 or more will receive a bunch of my super awesome amazing oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (you’ll have to provide me with a mailing address if you’re not local)
- Every donation, no matter the size, counts as an entry into a Haitian artwork raffle (five prizes, winners drawn randomly)! Every additional $20 gets you another raffle entry.
- The single highest donor (cumulative) will receive a handcrafted piece of jewelry made by me from a Haitian stone! (ooooooh, aaaaaaah)
- Highest donors numbers 2 through 5 will receive a spiffy, larger piece of Haitian artwork
Does this story have a happy ending? In a way, that’s up to you. Your generosity and prayers can change the world.
Thank you for your time.
For more details about the Hope to Haiti project, including requirements for joining the trip, please visit our Hope to Haiti website.
Important information regarding the funds you raise or donate: All donations raised through this campaign will go to Random Acts, a division of The Art Department, Inc. The primary commitment for these funds is to complete the Jacmel Children's Center and continue to offer operating support to the JCC and our other projects in Haiti (this includes administrative and operational expenses associated with our H2H project). Should funds from this campaign be available after our commitment is satisfied, we reserve the right to re-allocate them to future development projects or special initiatives.