I'm a firm believer in helping people become self-sustaining. I believe the best way to help others is to teach them and give them the resources they need to help themselves.
I'm sure many of you have already pulled out your wallets to send help to Haiti or some of the other regions of the world that have recently sustained damage due to natural disasters and I know your generosity is greatly appreciated by many. The current economy has affected many people, including members in my immediate family, yet people continue to donate their time and money to help those in need. What a great country we live in that we're able to help so many others! If you're able and feel so inclined, here's another great way to help.
One of my past grooms (and a close friend for the last 8 years) has helped build an organization called Sustain Haiti. He recently served a mission for our Church in Florida, where he learned Haitian Creole and frequently interacted with and taught Haitians and is now looking forward to helping them this summer in their homeland.
This is Craig (and his lovely wife Jackie) back in October:
More than 100 BYU students have formed Sustain Haiti, a group dedicated to helping the victims in Haiti. Led by Warner Woodworth – founder of HELP International and Humanitarian Action Research Team – they are graduate and undergraduate students (some speak French or Haitian Creole and some are native citizens of Haiti ) looking to make a difference to those affected by the earthquake in Leogane.
1) Provide hands-on education in square-foot gardening.
2) Provide sanitation/hygiene education.
3) Work with and through Haitian micro-finance institutions to identify micro-enterprise.
4) Provide clean water technology.
How You Can Help:
For more information and to make a donation, go to:
Volunteer! They're still looking for volunteers and if anyone is interested in going to Haiti to help out you can contact Craig directly at palssonc (at) gmail (dot) com or you can send me a message from my contact page above and I'll forward the email.
You can stay current on the project at their blog:
You can read a short news article here:
In the past I've been able to travel to the Philippines and Africa to serve in orphanages and I would have never had such an opportunity without the generous donations of others. Here's a picture of one of my sweet little African orphans.
While I can't show you any pictures of the kids from the Philippines (they had a strict picture policy and I made a promise to the nuns; you can't break a promise made to nuns!), but here's a shot (back when I shot 100% film) of some other cute kids:
Their goals for Sustain Haiti are so practical in helping the people in Leogane become more self-sufficient. It sounds like such a great opportunity to all involved. Go here to donate!