BENEFITING: DEVOTED TO CHILDREN FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Apr 10, 2015
I'm kicking off my inaugural annual volunteer trip. Yep, I want to spend at least one week a year making a difference somwhere on planet earth. On Friday, April 10 (THIS Friday!) I depart andwill spend a week working with the children at a family home for abandoned and orphaned children in Jacmel, Haiti. Volunteerism has always been important to me and now is the time for me to take my passion for cause-related topics to the next level. I'm crazy for my four nieces but I have lots of love to give to other kids who are less fortunate so here I go...
My friend Stacy Seebart introduced me to Devoted to Children after returning from her life changing trip to Jacmel. Stacy hosted a donation based yoga class benefitting D2C and shared her personal story about the trip, a bit of information on the home and a video. I knew I had to participate about 12 seconds into the video. Stacy remains an active fundraiser for D2C and plans to make another trip in the near future.
I'll join adults and a few teens from various places in the US and Costa Rica on this meaningful adventure. We will visit and engage with the children living in the D2C children’s home. Our primary task for the week will be working on an After School Program. This will allow us to be completely present with the children and have a very real connection with them. We will also meet with community members to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by the people of the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
The focus of the After School Program is to help the kids with their homework and their French. School is taught in French but the kids speak Creole which is why D2C is starting an After School Program. The program will be extended to children in the community to allow them to get help with their homework from other's who speak or read French and can translate it into Creole. A majority of the elder community speaks Creole so it is difficult for them to help the children because they cannot speak or read French. Usually the educated speak French.
I'm eager to get on the ground and make a positive impact on the lives of these children. In order to make this happen, I need your support. I'd like to raise $5000 for this enriching experience and ask that you join me on this incredible quest with a donation today. $3,500 of that goal goes directly to the D2C children and organization. Up to $600 covers my personal in country costs.
Another way you can support D2C is buy purchasing some of the items on their Wish List at Amazon and search using firstname.lastname@example.org or "D2C Wish List 2015." I will need all items no later than Tuesday, April 7 in order to get them packed so that I can travel with them. Please contact me directly if you have any issues with the Wish List. Due to my imminent departure, if this is your preferred method of giving, please consider doing this in the future. Please send me a note expressing your interest and I'll be sure you're notified.
The biggest impact that I will make as a volunteer is the fundraising beforehand - that's the part you can help with. Your donation will help cover operating costs such as: children's food, housing, good education, medical and Haitian staff salaries. The US Staff is completely and 100% of volunteer basis- they do not get paid.
In yoga philosophy SEVA, is a Sanskrit word for the yoga practice in which one commits to service without compensation, to benefit the good of all. It is in this spirit that this volunteer trip inspired me to act. The SEVA volunteer project’s goal is to raise money through volunteerism in which the participants contribute their efforts firsthand in the community of Jacmel. I will be able to make a direct impact with my time and, with your financial support, I can make a difference for the children of Jacmel. This is not a religious/missionary effort. Yes, yoga is part of the philosophy of D2C but it's not connected to a church or the like.
Devoted to Children
Devoted to Children creates long-term family-style homes for orphaned and abandoned children in Jacmel, Haiti. This project is a collaboration of D2C, the local community and the generosity of volunteers. D2C's innovative approach involves the practice of yoga and its principals for trauma relief, empowerment and health. The end goal is for the children of Haiti to grow up as healthy beings in a healthy Haiti.
D2C was started by Kristin O'Connell from Northern California. She was volunteering as a midwife at a birth center and met a Haitian humanitarian who had an idea to build a home for kids who didn't have one. Immediately after meeting him, Kristin got after it and this indie non-profit has been thriving ever since! Please check out the video- the kids are adorable.
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Please join me by making a donation right now. Any amount would be super! If you're unable to support monetarily, please consider sharing my story with others. I'm committed to helping the children in Jacmel and hope that my passion inspires you to act in support of my volunteerism.
Merci. I'll keep you posted as I embark on this journey.