I am going to a very remote area of Haiti where electricity, internet and all the things we take for granted here are only very very slowly getting to the people who live there. Haiti is one of the poorest countries of the world, and over 75 % of the people live on less than $1 dollar a day. I am going to help out there for a year. As they are slowly harnessing the sun for electricity it is a luxury they have intermittently and only now are those who have been working in this remote area (Jean Rabel) North West Haiti since 2002 able to install electricity in their schools. My job when I get there will be to train the teachers in basic computer skills so that they can pass these skills on to the children in the schools. I will also train some women who are working in a workshop; this should help their income generation projects. I have been asked to raise some money as part of my volunteer year, so I hope you can help me out here. I will leave this offer up for the year so you can donate at any time and also it will allow me to post here from time to time to give you details of what I am actually doing and how your funds are helping the project and the people who are living in Jean Rabel, Haiti. As some of you know I have been struggling for a while myself here and I could stay at home and keep complaining that I cannot get a job here, or do something useful somewhere, so I decided to take the plunge and help others less fortunate than me. I hope my efforts will be good for the people I meet and work with in Haiti. If you can help out at any time, I will be very happy and really thankful to you. Every euro helps. In the meantime if you can make it to a coffee/tea afternoon this coming Sat. 23rd April from 3.30 to 6pm or so in the Community Centre in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin (beside the Church of the Holy Family, Behind Scoil Cronain, beside Muldowney's pub) I would love to see you there!
Thank you so much, I appreciate it! Anne Heffernan (nee Mc Donnell)