My first visit to Haiti was in November 2013. Anyone that knows me well will tell you that I fell in love with the people of Haiti. I will make my 4th trip in June this year. When our group goes to Haiti, we work with a Haitian non-profit group called Vision Hope for Haiti. Their vision is to empower Haitians with education. The co-founders, Jonas and Dou Dou and their staff inspire me to assist them in achieving their goal. We recently applied for and received non-profit status for our organization in the U.S. by the same name – Vision Hope for Haiti.
I work for RSM, an international public accounting firm that is celebrating their 90th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, they held a contest to pursue your passion. I decided to enter by writing a 1,000 word essay. They are going to give away $10,000 to 9 people. Well guess what, I received a call last week at work and I am one of 9 winners across the United States. In the contest rules, it had stated that the winners would be notified in December with the announcement to everyone in the firm in January. I just assumed that I had not won, so when I received this call I was in shock. I was told that I could not tell anyone until the firm made the announcement on Friday and then it was delayed until Monday, January 18. I haven’t let myself think about it too much because it’s hard to restrain myself. They did tell us we could share it with our family this weekend. It just so happened my daughter flew in from Boston for work and my son Ted and his wife Emily drove to our house on Sunday so I got to tell all of them in person.
Our organization’s goal is to buy land in Haiti to build a school. The 350 children we serve when we are in Haiti cannot afford to go to school. Public education is not free in Haiti. Part of the money will go towards land to build a school. We also visit an orphanage when we are in Haiti. There is a boy named Moses that cannot walk so I plan on taking a wheelchair to Haiti so he can at least be included in the activities of the other children. I can’t wait to see this precious boy again. Here Moses is sitting next to me with a little girl at the orphanage named Gina.
We are hoping to have a few nurses join us on our next trip. If you are interested in going to Haiti, please contact me. If you would like to donate to our nonprofit “Vision Hope for Haiti” or would like me information, please go to www.VisionHopeForHaiti.org
Jonas, CEO of Vision Hope For Haiti in Haiti, has an incredible story, one filled with hardships and faith. He started Vision Hope for Haiti when he was only 23. He has worked tirelessly for the people in his community and he seeks to reach all of Haiti with his vision to change its future.
Dou-Dou speaks 5 languages. His passion and many skills make him a very valuable part of the team. He also keeps us laughing every day that we are with him.
That is enough for today. Thank you for letting me share my Haiti Love with you.