For my Bar Mitzvah Project I will be raising money to build a home in Haiti for the elderly. I am working with Global Family Philanthropy, a wonderful organization, that is near and dear to my heart.
As many of you know, I have been to Haiti three times already. I am in love with the culture, the children and the wonderful feeling I have helping others.
I am going to tie in 2 important aspects of my life~volunteering and my family, into this project.
My Great Oma (great-grandmother) passed away at the age of 93 in February of 2012. She was such a strong, beautiful woman. She was always so proud of me. I want to continue that legacy by keeping her spirit going for others less fortunate.
The actual building will cost $10,000-
My goal for this GoFundMe is half the amount. I am also working on a few other fundraisers.
I know this is a lot to ask for, but with the help from people like you, I can spread my Oma's love all over the world.
Project Dignity: Resolving the Loneliness of the Elderly
In the ten years we've been traveling to Haiti, we've seen the worst in human suffering. We've held children that were hungry, sick and dying. We've visited poorly equipped and inadequately staffed hospitals. We've seen thousands of people crammed into filthy, makeshift tent villages.
We believed we could no longer be surprised. Then we visited the abandoned elderly in Derac. Derac, a small rural village in northern Haiti, is located 7 kilometers from the nearest town, market or hospital. At one time, village residents were employed by a local factory and received housing. The factory has since closed, but the workers and their meager housing remain.
The housing in Derac ranges from tent and mud hut-type structures to small square block structures, raised up a foot above the ground on concrete blocks. Crudely stacked rocks serves as steps up to the front door.
A young boy took us to one of the block "houses." Behind the metal door was an elderly woman lying on a cot, in complete darkness. The light from the door startled her, as she tried to adjust her eyes. She is covered in filth and unable to leave the room without assistance. She is lying in her own waste.
She reaches out her hand and asks for food. We dig through our bags to find water bottles and a protein bar. She is thankful and we are forever changed.
Each box structure revealed the same thing - malnourished elderly people living in filth with no physical or emotional stimulation.
Please help Global Family Philanthropy restore dignity to the residents of Derac.
With $10,000 we can build an elderly home for these men and women. They will have a bed, shared rooms and toilets. Our friends at Bon Samaritan, an elderly home in Ouanaminthe, have agreed to oversee the creation of this center.
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Our organization operates independently of any political, military or religious agendas. We, do however, believe in collaboration and work with like-minded and faith-based organizations working to help the poor.
We're a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
We believe in giving a hand up, not just a hand out. Our ultimate goal is for our projects to be self-sustaining.
We focus our efforts on helping children and families living in poverty. We believe that all children should have access to healthy meals, education, health care and a loving community.
We value family - from the volunteers we work with to the people we help. We invite families to join us as volunteers in Haiti and locally. We maintain close relationships with our family members in Haiti, all of which are in our care because their families are unable to provide for them. We are one big global family working towards empowering those in need.
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