When I saw the frail little boy pulling his homemade toy down the dusty path, I was amazed by his creativity yet heartbroken over his poverty. He had found a discarded plastic milk bottle and attached caps for wheels with rusty nails. “Perhaps this is his only plaything,” I mused. As my week in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti passed, I saw more boys with the same kind of homemade toy. I found it interesting that no matter how poor the children are, they have an innate longing for some kind of plaything.
I met other children at an area orphanage who played with collected scraps cut from old magazines brought by aid workers. They saved the scraps in envelopes and had their favorites. I was given scraps and hugs by these children. How unselfish of them to give me what little they had!
This is a different kind of post today because Haiti has been on my mind. I have a love for antiques but am even more passionate about making a difference in the world. I am participating in a Walk to benefit the “Hope for the Children of Haiti (HFC)” Orphanage and School on Saturday, Oct. 16. I visited this orphanage/school in July of 2009. The need was great then, and is even greater after the earthquake.
The paragraphs below describe the current needs of HFC:
Join us as we raise money for school children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. One of our responses to the earthquake last January has been to make sure that children are able to stay in school. Many children in the city are at risk of losing their academic access, whether the school they were attending was destroyed or the income of their family threatened by the loss of homes and businesses. Despite these challenges, education is a necessary part of looking toward a future for Haiti and the future leaders.
This school year at HFC we are waiving all tuition payments and are only charging registration fees for children attending the Marion Austin School. This means we need to raise at least an additional $40,000, given that the cost of each neighborhood child attending school exceeds $200 per year and we have 200 children enrolled whose families are no longer providing tuition payments.
If you’d like to help love the children of Haiti by sponsoring my walk, please visit the following link: