Earlier this year, I organized a modest fundraiser to sponsor the education of one Haitian child in need of our help. I asked friends to give $10 each. By the time the fundraiser had ended, we had raised much more money than I had expected--enough to send not one, but six kids in Haiti to school, each for three years!
Together we have literally transformed the lives of these six children. They are now enrolled in school, learning to read, to count and to write, all the while delighting in the pleasure of paints, puzzles and instruments. You can see them pictured below. From left to right in the top row: Islande, 9 years old, 4th grade; Mildred, 9, 4th grade; Ludmia, 9, 4th grade. From left to right, bottom row: Clifford, 8, 3rd grade; Taicha, 9, 4th grade; Julia, 11, 4th grade.
Thank you to all who contributed to this effort. I thank also the Marco Depestre Foundation of Ottawa for helping us to identify families in need of our care.
It is truly remarkable what we can do together.