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Support for Children in Haiti - 2016

Organized by: Erich Kirr

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EVENT DATE Jul 08, 2016

THE STORY:

While on a trip with colleagues to Haiti last year to provide aid to a village outside of Port-au-Prince, we realized that while many of the children were attending school, some were not. When we asked why, we were told that their families could not afford to send them to school. We were told that the cost for school was $35 per student. Note that is $35 for the entire year, not $35 per month. We were awestruck by the fact that $35 a year was prohibiting many children from getting the opportunity for an education and with that, perhaps a chance at a better life. The madness of this situation was made all the more evident to me while getting dressed the following morning when I found exactly $35 in a pair of shorts I probably hadn't worn in 8 months. It just seemed so ironic, so unfair and so wrong that this amount which would allow a child to attend school for a year (which included lunch each day) could just be found in the pockets of clothing I hadn't worn in a while.

My colleagues and I agreed that we needed to do something more to help. We spoke with the leader of the village who told us that 40 children were not attending school because their parents could not afford it. We told him that if he would be the liaison/facilitator with the parents and the school, we would raise the money to pay for those children. Between us and other colleagues we raised the money and all of those children attended school last year.  Attached is a photo of some of  the students.  

We are seeking to do it again this year and send the 40 children (and possibly some more that have become school age or recently moved to the village) to school. We expect the cost to be roughly $1600 for the children this year.

We are also planning on helping a local orphanage. The orphanage we have come to know through contacts we made last year is experiencing problems with their facility. The orphanage has no power provided to it between 9 am and 6 pm each day. They had been relying on commercial batteries charged by solar panels for power during that 9 hour period. However, all twelve of their batteries are no longer functioning and need to be replaced. We hope to replace all twelve, which we understand can be purchased in Haiti at $150 each.

Any additional funds we raise will be used to purchase food, clothes, toys, first aid supplies, and toiletries. As you could guess, their needs are extensive, so we look forward to providing as much of these things as possible. As an example, last year I brought with me numerous matchbox cars and nearly two dozen used Barbie dolls that my daughter and others in my community had donated. The children of the village literally clung to those toys because in most cases (if not all cases) they were the only toys those children had.

I very much appreciate any donation that you can make to help us in helping these children.

We will be leaving on our trip on July 8 and so I will be accepting donations through July 7.  If you are able, please consider giving.

Also, please note that contributions will not be tax deductable.  Only gifts made to charitiable orginazations recognized by the IRS are deductable.  Our aid will go directly to pay for the children's schooling, to purchase commercial batteries, and to purchase the other goods these children need.  As such, there will be no intermediary organization that could otherwise be recognized by the IRS.  

Thanks in advance for you generosity.

Erich

$2,975

MONEY RAISED
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  • Beata Kirr

    $250

  • Amit Walia

    $250

  • Gail Heflin

    $35

  • Jill Weinstein

    $250

  • dan and alyson margulies

    $50

  • Irene and Mikhail Drizin

    $200

  • Sergei Brussovansky

    $100

  • Mary Beth Ayres

    $100

  • Lisa Acker

     

  • Nicole Boomgaarden

    $75

  • Craig & Domenica Waslin

    $250

  • Katie Arnold & Evan Norton

     

  • Joi and David Hunt

    $35

  • The Wuellner Family

    $50

  • Clare Golla

    $50

  • Rick Meyers

    $150

  • Tromp

     

  • The Sandees

     

  • Michele and Andrew Witlieb

    $35

  • Jim and Suzie McColl

    $75

  • Matthew Dober

    $100

  • Ericka Lepe

    $100

  • Bindler Family

    $350

  • Nadia & Bradley Campbell

    $100

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Erich Kirr

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Donor Comments

Nadia & Bradley Campbell

Nadia & Bradley Campbell

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Bindler Family

Bindler Family

DONATION: $350

Great Use of Charitable Dollars. Nice work Eric! 2 years ago

Ericka Lepe

Ericka Lepe

DONATION: $100

Way to go Erich! 2 years ago

Matthew Dober

Matthew Dober

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Jim and Suzie McColl

Jim and Suzie McColl

DONATION: $75

2 years ago

Michele and Andrew Witlieb

Michele and Andrew Witlieb

DONATION: $35

2 years ago

The Sandees

The Sandees

2 years ago

Tromp

Tromp

2 years ago

Rick Meyers

Rick Meyers

DONATION: $150

2 years ago

Clare Golla

Clare Golla

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

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