Since my last visit , Hurricane Matthew laid waste to Jeremie and destroyed much of the work that had been so painstakingly achieved over the many years HHF has been working in the region. I will be returning to Haiti close to the 10 year anniversary of the earthquake that also cruelly took the lives and livelihood of so many Haitian survivors, many of whom still have yet to get back on their feet.
It seems that the Haitians are locked in a pattern of trial and struggle. But it is my guess that when I return, I won't hear complaints or bitterness., but rather be greeted with (as I have always been) smiles, friendly gestures and genuine gratitude for our visit and help.
The Haitians are a resilient people, they are strong and authentic and joyful regardless of the hand they have been dealt. During my trip, I will work beside many Haitians who have received a well-deserved and hard earned leg up through training and employment opportunities made possible by the HHF programs. I am proud to work by the side of these smart and caring individuals who have chosen a career path of helping their fellow country men, women and children get housing, education and healthcare.
The work is tough (emotionally and physically) and humbling, yet extremely rewarding, motivating and joyful. If only every person could experience the beauty of Haiti and the Haitian people, it would become so clear as to why I return each year and how very inaccurate many cynical people are in their description of this amazing country.
Please consider supporting the efforts of HHF by supporting my Go Fund Me page. All funds will go to my trip and to the programs offered by HHF. For more info on HHF, visit their website http://www.haitianhealthfoundation.org/
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for any donation big or small. It is my firm belief that every country and every person deserves a chance in this life. AND if I can help in some small way to improve the life of another, I am going to do it or at least try. Please consider joining me in this effort.
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