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Healthcare. Change Starts With One.

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Healthcare. Change starts with one. Every team has its star athlete – we want to introduce you to our Klinik’s star patient. She came to the Klinik over one year ago with high blood pressure and diabetes. Dr. Mima prescribed medication, but also educated her about the importance of diet and exercise. This lady took it to heart! She not only changed her diet, but is helping her friends stay healthy too. She started a morning walking group with women in her community! Today, she manages both problems naturally, without medication, and is enjoying health that gives her the ability to care for her family in brand new ways.

Since we kicked off our campaign on November 14 to raise $100,000 by year end, generous donors have gifted nearly $25,000 of the $50,000 we need to have donations doubled and hit our $100,000 goal! We are so thankful for your generosity!

But we are not there yet. If you have not made a gift to HOPE, would you consider a gift of $500 or $200 or $100 to help us meet our $100,000 goal? Today, you can be a part of helping women stay healthy and strong so that they can to continue to care for their families for years to come.

CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible gift. Remember that gifts up to $50,000 are doubled! Additionally, all matching gifts of $100 or more will receive a special Hope Prayer Calendar in January.

Your support at this crucial time is deeply appreciated – thank you for giving to Hope Community Project! 

Welcome Brenna!

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We are pleased to announce that Brenna Robertson has officially joined the Hope Community Project team as our Grant Writing Coordinator. Brenna has been working as an intern during this summer of 2018 for the Keane Insurance Group, and so was brought in on several Keane Group sponsored fundraising events. She has proved herself quite skilled in so many ways and is a tireless worker. We saw incredible potential for Brenna joining HOPE in this significant role.

Brenna is an undergraduate student at the University of Tulsa. She is pursuing a degree in Business as well as a Not-for-Profit Administration certificate. She learned about Hope Community Project her senior year in high school while volunteering at the 2nd annual wine tasting fundraiser. Her interest was sparked when she found out that HOPE works to keep children in the home with their families instead of ending up institutionalized in orphanages. One year later, she found her way back to HOPE in the form of a summer internship with Keane Insurance Group. That internship was the beginning of her further investment in helping Haitian families.  

Her heart for children in difficult situations fits perfectly with the mission of Hope Community Project. Brenna is excited to help support our organization in any way possible. She is dedicated to finding and raising funds so that Haitian families have the chance to succeed together.  Brenna writes:

There is so much brokenness in the world…what if together we can help eliminate the pain of many by helping just one family? I believe that one person can make a difference in the world. No matter how small one act may be, that one act can touch another life and then that life can impact another life, and it goes on and on. I look forward to helping find solutions for families in Haiti. My work with HOPE will not only help Gonaives, Haiti, but one day I hope to take what I learn to other communities to increase the impact that Hope Community Project has on the world.

Welcome Brenna!

Ayiti Cheri. An Update from Haiti

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As you may already know, Haiti has been experiencing some really tough days since July 6. In fact, due to the social unrest there, which resulted in a State Department travel warning of “No Travel,” we have postponed our group trip scheduled for July 25-30.

But read on please. Caitlin Campbell has been serving with us in Haiti for two years now. Caitlin provides some needed perspective in a post on her blog. We commend it to you.

Ayiti Cheri

By now I’m sure that many of you have heard…things in Haiti got a little bit tense last week and especially over the weekend. I thought that I would give you an “official” update of how things are and also a little perspective. The last thing in the world that I want is for anyone to think that this place is dangerous or a “lost cause.” One thing I know to be true, is that social media and other news outlets do not always portray the full story, or for that matter, the full truth.

So, let me give you a little bit of background…
Last week, the government made an announcement that they would be increasing fuel prices on gasoline, diesel, and kerosene. These fuel increases varied anywhere from 36-49%. That’s a huge increase, right? It would be a large increase in America too. Just as any American would be enraged by an increase that steep, so were the people of Haiti. Fuel is a huge part of life here — transportation, generators, many forms of work, and so much more. So, you raise the cost of fuel, and that nearly guarantees the price of many other things (food, public transportation, various goods, etc.) also will rise.

So, why is the government doing this? For many years, the government has be subsidizing the cost of fuel. They are ending the subsidies (this actually means long-term benefit) so now residents would be paying the “real” cost of fuel. This is a complex idea for someone who’s working daily to put food on the table for their family. Honestly, I don’t totally understand how subsidies work!

The people of Haiti were justified in being upset about such a large increase. (I’m not politician, but I’m sure there would have been a less dramatic way to stop the subsidies.) Were the people of Haiti justified in their response to the increase? Not really.

But here’s what I don’t want you to miss.

Those that retaliated with roadblocks, bullets, and fire aren’t the whole of Haiti. They are a portion. I understand why some reacted the way they did. This does not mean I agree with their reaction. This is a group of people desperate for their voice to be heard. The way they see to make that happen is violence. They did what they thought they had to.

But this doesn’t mean this is how ALL of Haiti responded. There are an equal and probably greater number of people who were taking shelter and staying off the road just like many of the foreign residents that live in Haiti. Were they as equally upset about the increase? Yes!

I’ve lived in Haiti nearly two years and never once have I ever felt unsafe. Does that mean there’s no danger? Not necessarily. But there’s danger in any city. Including American cities. Are there certain places I don’t go after a certain time? Yes. Are there places I never go alone? Yes. But that was true of my life in Kansas City and I’m sure that’s true of your life as well.

Just because a group of people decided to get a little fired up (pun intended), doesn’t mean that should reflect the whole of Haiti. There have been so many posts online from people who live here sharing about the beauty and generosity of most Haitians. The Haitians that I know are no different.

The family that I work with is currently out of the country and I’m caring for Moses. Did I have a little bit of extra weight on my shoulders knowing that I was caring for someone else’s child while political unrest was starting? Absolutely. Did I ever worry for our safety or what would happen if it got really bad? Not really. Why? Because I’m surrounded by a network of Haitians that look out for us. I had numerous people filling me in on what was happening on the streets of our town (minimal activity, thank you Jesus!) and were willing to go out and get supplies for me to make sure we were prepared in case it did get a little more dicey in our town. Even if things had gotten a little more intense, I have no doubt I would have been surrounded by our staff and friends to walk that road.

That’s my Haiti. 

And that’s many other people’s Haiti as well.

In the end, the fuel increase was suspended. But it goes beyond that. That was a door into a bigger issue that the people of Haiti have to figure out — that’s a whole different story. Things have been relatively calm today. Roadblocks have been removed, stores are open, traffic is flowing. I am still safe. Things are looking forward.

So….

Did scary things happen in my country? Yes.
Will the actions taken by a portion of people have a large effect on all of Haiti? Yes.
Does that mean their actions should influence your opinion of Haiti as a whole? I sure hope not.

Pray for my country.
These actions will set many businesses, merchants, and families back.
These actions will unfortunately affect how the world looks at Haiti.
The country needs healing and unity. There are still discussions of what some of the population would like to see happen with the government.
Pray for peace.

Ayiti Cheri
*This is a term we often use to refer to Haiti that simply means something the effect of “Darling Haiti,” “Beautiful Haiti,” “Dear Haiti.” Basically, there’s a lot of good here in and amongst the “bad.”

Hopefully this has given you a little bit more perspective and understanding into recent events. Feel free to contact me if you have further questions about Haiti. [NOTE: Caitlin blogs at Cati Goes to Haiti.]

Love,
Caitlin