BENEFITING: J/P Haitian Relief Organization
EVENT DATE: Feb 03, 2013
HOURS PLEDGED: 100
A Little Background:
J/P Haitian Relief Organization (HRO) is a non-profit organization that started the day after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Since then, the organization has been working in the capital Port-au-Prince. One of their main works is Petionville Camp. The camp used to be a 9-hole golf course, but is now home to over 55,000 homeless Haitians. J/P supports this community by providing medical assistance, working with other organizations to provide schooling for some of the children and clean water amongst multiple other things. For more info: jphro.org
How I Come Into The Picture:
For my one-week sophomore spring break vacation, I was able to work in Haiti with the organization. I was able to visit the camp and see the disastrous effects of the earthquake (as well as political instability and mass poverty). I was also able to work with members of the organization to make a summer camp for some of the children the upcoming summer and talk with some of the Haitians who lived there.
To The Present:
After being in Haiti and working for one week with the organization, I felt both happy for the experience and disappointed at the short time frame of it. Thus, I decided, as VP of Philanthropy for the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity of Stanford University, to do a fundraiser for the organization. This year’s fundraiser (Feb. 2-3, 2012) will be the second time it is hosted, after last year’s success. The fundraiser consists of an indoor soccer tournament. The reason is that Haitians adore football. So it is only reasonable to do an event that resembles the interests of the country. We hope this year’s fundraiser ends up even more fantastic than last year.
Why Donate To This Event:
It is well known the tragedy that Haitians live by everyday. So I don’t need to repeat that. What I do want to emphasize, is why I believe so much in this organization to the point of making this fundraiser. One of the big problems we hear today about the failure of non-profits is that they create dependence from the community to the organization, and thus not solving the core of the problem in the long term. I believe J/P works in such an extraordinary way, that they avoid such a critical mistake. If I had recorded all the conversations with Haitians, you would’ve heard every time how they were grateful for the real work the organization does and how the organization gets the Haitians involved to be part of the solution. In fact, with every year that passes, J/P brings less and less outside volunteers and replaces them with trained Haitians. In conclusion, if you could have the experience I had with the organization, you wouldn’t be surprised as to why I am making this fundraiser and helping so much for them.