You can’t turn on the TV or read the news without hearing about all the work that needs to be done in Haiti. Rebuilding a country takes an astronomical amount of money, limitless resources and, above all, hope for a better future.
God gave us this hope when he led Jim to Samuel in a Cap Haitian orphanage.
Samuel, who is less than a year old, lived in Port au Prince when the earthquake hit. His parents were killed instantly when his home collapsed. Miraculously, after being trapped for 48 hours, Samuel was pulled from the wreckage completely unharmed.
Although he is alone in this world, he is surrounded by hope and promise. When we see Samuel, we envision an education. And if he is smart and works hard, perhaps even an advanced education. Perhaps he can become a doctor, a technician, a craftsman, a businessman. He is Haiti’s future.
But first, Samuel needs to go to school. He needs a lunch to feed both the hunger in his belly and his appetite for knowledge. He needs books and teachers and a chair to sit on. These are things that we might take for granted, but they represent necessities for Samuel’s future.
Sadly, in Haiti there is an 80% unemployment rate. There is no middle class. Poverty is the norm. Help for Haiti not only helps the Samuels out there go to school; it helps to ensure that he will have a job after he graduates.
Why Help for Haiti? Our ultimate goal is to break the cycle of poverty in Haiti by building small and medium size businesses and to provide jobs for people today and for Samuel’s future.
Our greatest dream is to look back in twenty years and see Samuel providing a good life for his own family. He is a strong and active member of the growing middle class of Haiti. He is hopeful for his future and his country. He is hopeful for a better life for his children.
It can be done. It must be done. And together, we can make it happen.
With warmest regards,
Jim & Betsy Willey