It is hard to imagine that efficient and effective can be found in Haiti. Especially when there is breaking news this week exposing the Clinton Foundation as having provided sub-quality trailers for thousands of Haiti school children. The trailers have been found to have mold, emit high levels of formaldehyde, and reach inside temperatures of 100 degrees. Additionally, the Clinton Foundation refused to put in adequate toilets for the students, a rather poor idea considering the cholera epidemic that is sweeping the nation. (Read more here.)
Which brings me to my point. If you are going to make a donation to help the country of Haiti, it is better to know the organization personally, and know exactly the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the organization. I have tried to do my best to make Haiti real for the readers of this blog, to help you understand the needs of the country, the needs of H.E.R.O., and my daily life on the ground here. But, what I have found is that our work in Haiti becomes truly real for the people that decide to come visit our work. In fact, 3 of our full sponsorships for our children have come from individuals that visited the H.E.R.O. residence for orphans personally, appreciated the work that we are doing in Haiti, and see the quality of our programming. We are truly blessed that currently all of the children in our education program and all of the children in our residence for orphans are fully sponsored. This truly helps H.E.R.O. to provide housing, education, and rehabilitation for the children we serve.
I write this blog to help us understand the reality of aid in Haiti. There are local and international organizations that do great work, and there are local and international organizations that do horrible work. When you decide to make a donation to help the children, people, and country of Haiti all I ask is that you investigate thoroughly the organization that you will donate to, so that the money reaches the people it is intended to serve. In the end, we hope that you will choose H.E.R.O. as the organization you trust to make a true difference in the lives of children in Haiti.
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