I was given an opportunity to travel to Port-au-Prince Haiti and work with an organization called Child Hope. Child Hope has taken on the daunting task of rescuing orphans from the streets of Haiti. In 2010 they estimated there were 780,000 orphans living in Haiti. These numbers blew me away. I had no idea there was such a great need in that country. Except for a few months after the 2010 earthquake, most people never thought of Haiti, and neither did I.
My friend DeAnna (professional photographer) made her first trek to Haiti 3 years ago and fell in love with all the kids and the mission of Child Hope.
She has since committed to adopting a young boy from Haiti. After each of her trips to visit Haiti she would come home saying how amazing it was and how I HAD to come with her next time. I am so glad I did!
I hate to say that it was fun or that I had a blast, especially when you think about the poverty that the people of Haiti are living ing. But it was an amazing adventure and life enriching. I fell in love with the kids at the orphanage after seeing how much joy they had in the worst situations.
While I was in Haiti I began to sponsor 2 children, Keso and Daphne. I have never donated to or sponsored children before because I was cynical of what actually happens to with my money and it was hard to believe that my donation would make a difference. But when you get to look in the eyes of the kids I sponsor and see how my small contribution can make such a huge impact in these kids lives.
I can’t wait to go back to Haiti next year. To hug Keso and Daphne and to see how they have grown. I am hoping to take my wife (Jada) and possibly my daughter (Micah) someday. I want them to experience what I did and share with me the love that I have for Haiti.