I sat with Chris Marlow and some other friends at Allume a few weeks ago. I work on a project basis for Help One Now and whenever all of us are in the same place at the same time, we make sure we have all of the meetings we’ve been saving up for months.
“At Ferrier? It is?” I was amazed.
In April, after a long, bumpy and dusty SUV ride into the very northern part of Haiti, I visited an orphan care village called Ferrier with a group from Help One Now. At the time of our visit, they were at the very first part of a phase when they were building five new homes for children who have been rescued from trafficking and were planning on building a preschool on an adjacent piece of land.
And on that insufferably hot spring day, we walked (the kids ran) across that empty dirt field near the church and I wondered what that preschool might look like.
You see, I’m a great ideas girl. I’m a strategizer, a thinker and a planner. I’m the one who thinks up things. But sometimes I have a hard time seeing ideas actually built with my mind’s eyes.
So I stood in that field and couldn’t see it. That’s why when people make amazing ideas come to life, it always amazes me.
Ferrier Phase Two is still a long way from being funded, but it is well on its way. One of the things we wanted to accomplish as a storytellers trip was to help see those homes finished (done) and see that preschool be built (in process).
And I simply can’t believe it’s happening!
The other thing we wanted to see back in April was the children of Drouin, this forgotten little village at the end of a dead end road, be sponsored. Those sponsorships would keep those families together and prevent those kids from become orphaned. If they can stay with their families they will never have to be a part of something like Ferrier village. But as a trip we fell far from our goal.
This week, this little rag-tag storytelling group of us are asking our communities to help us finish what we began in April.
I’m asking us, asking you, to put some of our Christmas dollars toward something that will reach much further than December 25. This is the kind of generosity can reach to the next generation.
When we prevent children from become orphans, it gives those children the platform from which to lead functional lives so that they can then, in turn, keep their own future families together.
So it is very simple. I’m only asking for 20 of us to sponsor a child this week in Drouin, Haiti. Just 20.
It’s $40 a month that will profoundly affect the life of a child in Haiti, and continue to affect his or her children someday as well.
Maybe you’ve been trying to figure out how to give back this holiday season. Maybe you wanted to sponsor a child when we went last April but didn’t get a chance to. I hope you will consider it today.