Today’s blog written by April Cooper.
First, let me say, we are a very small nonprofit. Sadly, we do not have the resources to “rebuild” Haiti. So, our approach is on a much smaller but necessary scale. Our goal is to provide the most basic necessities to people in need, before Hurricane Matthew and after.
Our co-founder Paul enlisted the help of various organizations he’s involved with to reach a broader audience and hopefully get more people involved with relief efforts. We’ve been overwhelmed by your generous response to this call to action. He has been asked to help communities that were affected by Matthew. Luckily, his own community was mostly spared.
“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Yesterday, Paul & Baz (pictured above) worked with their friends and family to pack up family portions of rice, beans and oil, among other items. He will travel to the small Haitian island of La Gonave on Tuesday, Oct. 11th for the first distribution. While we’re not able to feed millions of people, we ARE able to feed dozens of families and that reminds us of the starfish story:
Once upon a time there was an old man that used to go to the ocean to do his writing.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.” The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
We’re going to continue throwing our starfish back to safety because it DOES make a difference.
One particular family in need of help is pictured below. Paul received this photo this morning from his connection in La Gonave. Sadly, many houses in Haiti look like the house in this photo. The family needs help repairing their roof & they asked for blue tarp material but that definitely won’t last for long. Paul would like to provide the corrugated metal, which is a very common material for roofing.
As we receive information about additional needs we’ll share them here so please feel free to check back from time to time. The road ahead will be a long one & help will be needed long after the media coverage goes away.
If you would like to help families in need, please donate through www.magicbeansco.com. Your donation is tax-deductible and 100% will be used for ongoing relief efforts.