Looking Back — And Forging Ahead
Posted Jan 26th, 2017
Dear Friend of the What If? Foundation,
January is always a time of reflection and purpose. New Year’s resolutions feel particularly poignant to us this year as we remember the 7th anniversary of the earthquake, and the actions it set in motion.
The days, weeks, and months after the earthquake were unspeakably dire. Thanks to the courage and devotion of Na Rive and the generosity of our donors, we were able to serve tens of thousands of people in need. But in the midst of such essential work, the food program faced closing its doors, as it lost its home at St. Claire’s rectory.
Thanks to your support, we were able to fund Na Rive’s purchase of their own land in Ti Plas Kazo. Seven years later, we can look back and see this moment as a turning point. Because that property is now the home of an extraordinary dream we have realized together: the Father Jeri School.
At a time when the path forward was unclear, you made it possible to believe and invest in the future of Haiti. We are so grateful for your love and trust, which is bringing hope and opportunity to hundreds of children every day.
Some missions have no end. There are big challenges ahead, but we keep doing the work: providing nutrition and education, and helping people around us however we can. We will see what 2017 will bring. No matter what, we continue to move forward!
–Lavarice Gaudin, Na Rive Program Director
In addition to sustaining the food program, which continues to play a vital role in the community, Na Rive and the Father Jeri School have important plans for the year ahead. One major ambition is to expand the student body to include 9th grade by next fall. Another is to establish a dedicated source of electricity for the school. Public electricity in Haiti is intermittent at best so having a generator would create a more reliable learning environment for students and teachers to flourish.
As always, there is much to do, much to be thankful for, and much to look forward to. Thank you for investing in hope and for continuing to support the Father Jeri School, the food program and the children of Ti Plas Kazo.
Lespwa fè viv — Hope makes life!