Mar 26th, 2015
Having just returned from Haiti, the images at the food program are fresh in my mind and close to my heart.
If you visited the food program today…
You would see hundreds and hundreds of children – sisters and brothers, toddlers and teenagers – all eating nutritious plates of rice and beans with a vegetable sauce.
You would see “Happy 15th Anniversary” signs celebrating 15 years of meals! The first meals were served in March 2000, shortly after our founder Margaret Trost met Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste and heard his vision of a community-based food program for the children of Ti Plas Kazo. Thanks to your donations, the meals haven’t stopped since.
You would watch the devoted Na Rive cooking team dish up plate after plate as the second and third seating of children takes place. Their work to prepare this meal started early this morning.
You would see the smiles of several young girls who were recently added to the food program team. They’ve eaten at the food program for years and are now volunteering each day to help serve the meal. They told me they love having the opportunity to give back.
You would see relief on the faces of all the mothers feeding their babies.
You would be in what we affectionately call the “pink building”, a building that has been rented for the education programs and that recently started housing the food program. We are so grateful that extra space inside this building became available, allowing the food program to relocate temporarily. The timing couldn’t be better as the construction of a new kitchen/cafeteria and school building (our “Building the Dream” project) will start this spring!
And finally, you would see your donations in loving action bringing nourishment and hope to everyone present. Without you, these life-giving meals would not be possible.
On behalf of our partner Na Rive and everyone at What If, thank you for your prayers and ongoing support.