What do you want? A new pair of shoes, Starbucks coffee, a new couch, new sheets, a better hair style? What do you need? I mean really need? If you had very little money or no money, no access to clean water to drink, or food to eat. How would that change you? This year’s trip to Haiti overwhelmed me with the human need I saw and felt.
A psychologist, Maslow, in the 1940’s identified the human need to become a fully actualized person. In order to become that person, we need to have the basic needs of food, water, warmth, rest, and safety fulfilled.
Currently in Haiti, The children we serve are hungry, living without clean water, decent shelters, and medical care. The “rice money” many of our sponsors send, indeed help the families feed themselves. We know education is the way, but first the children have to eat, their physical needs must be met.
View of “houses
I was heart sick when a young boy was brought to me, people found out I am nurse, to look at his legs and arms. They were covered with draining welts and raw skin. He couldn’t afford the doctor. We gave him antibacterial soap, bottled water (he doesn’t have access to clean water) to wash his arms and legs and some antibiotic ointment to apply, but I knew it wasn’t enough. looking out the door of their classroom.
Haitian Outreach, through the opportunity to go to school, gives the children of Haiti hope for a better life. We say Education is # 1, right after a full belly, a pair of shoes, clothes on their backs and a good nights sleep.
For all who support our work, I say thank you. There is no free education in Haiti. 85 % of education is provided through non governmental organization, which ask for tuition. ( USAID 2016) Not a penny of your donation is wasted. We see and touch every child in our program. We see the spark of hope in the children’s faces when they have a chance to go to school.
I believe Haitian Outreach makes a difference, one child at a time.