When I first began this journey two years ago, I didn't expect that going to Haiti would have the impact on me that it has had. It's been one of the toughest but most rewarding things that I have ever done. I fell in love with the kids from the moment we met. They are sweet and joyful and full of love and I will carry them in my heart long after this journey ends.
I am so proud of the Jacmel Children's Centre and the impact it will have on the community. I love that the kids at the Art Creation Foundation for Children have a home and no longer need to keep relocating. I love that Espoir Des Enfants can keep looking after their kids even after their funding was stopped by their previous NGO. I love that the Faith And Love Orphanage can build an earthquake proof building for their wonderful little girls. None of this would be possible without you.
I want to go back to Haiti again so very badly this year. I want to see my kids again, I dream of their faces and hugs often. I want to see how well they are doing and how much the work we have been doing has improved their lives. I would so love to go back with Random Acts so that we can end this journey which we began together.
You can learn more about the previous trips to Jacmel at my website:
Everyone who donates to this project will receive a one of a kind thank you card I have created from photos taken by myself on the previous trips to Jacmel.
For the Supernatural fans out there, I have an extra gift for you (available in limited quantities):
- If you donate $50, I will send you a thank you card signed by either Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki or Misha Collins.
- If you donate $30 I will send you a thank you card signed by either Sebastian Roche, Richard Speight Jr, Jim Beaver, Mark Sheppard or Matt Cohen.
- If you donate $10 I will send you a thank you card signed by Julian Richings, Julie McNiven, Kim Rhodes, Mark Pellegrino or Rob Benedict.
Thank you all for your love and support. It means the world to me.
*** Please note, every dollar raised goes straight into the project. I will be covering all my travel expenses myself ****
RANDOM ACTS wrote -
Three years ago, after a devastating earthquake ravaged Haiti, Random Acts made a commitment to help rebuild homes, communities, and lives. Since then, we've raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Haiti and funneled that money directly into local, sustainable projects serving children in Jacmel. Our projects have provided hundreds of children with a safe place to sleep, clean water and regular meals, health care, a school to go to, families who care for them and, most importantly, hope for the future.
We've also taken two trips to Haiti ourselves, joined by our top fundraisers, who each accomplished the incredible feat of raising at least $5,000.
During our first trip in 2011, Random Acts staff and volunteers worked in the fierce heat of the Haitian sun to help break ground on the Jacmel Children's Center, an orphanage and school for children in need. We also met and connected with the students and staff of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, the Faith & Love Orphanage, and the Espoir des Enfants Orphanage.
In 2012, we went back to Jacmel to do it all over again. The walls of the Jacmel Children's Center towered above us, a tangible result of our hard work and dedication that brought many of the returning volunteers to tears. We also participated in creative and recreational activities with the children from the other organizations in between painting and doing construction work.
Now, we're nearing the end of our work in Haiti. The Jacmel Children's Center is already two storeys high and has a roof over it. It still needs windows and doors, tiling, plumbing, solar panels, paint, and furnishings, but all that will be completed this summer. Random Acts will journey there one last time to help do it.