Dear Friend of the What If? Foundation,
This month marks 18 years of the food program in the Ti Plas Kazo community of Port-au-Prince. 18 years of children and families knowing their hunger can be relieved. 18 years of hope, determination, and love by Na Rive’s leaders and staff. 18 years of your compassion and support. We are so grateful for the role you’ve played in maintaining this vital program.
Help us keep hot, nutritious meals available for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Children like Lydia, who has been coming to the food program since she was an infant. Lydia’s parents, a beautician and a mechanic, struggle to make ends meet. They are incredibly grateful knowing that she and her brother can count on the meals the food program provides.
But they haven’t always known where to get them. Since Lydia started coming to the food program six years ago, it has been forced to relocate three times.
Like the rest of Haiti, Ti Plas Kazo remains in a constant state of change, mainly due to the effects of natural disasters and political instability. As the neighborhood changes, the food program has shifted from one location to the next, never able to establish solid ground. But through it all, our partner Na Rive has never wavered in its commitment to the children of Ti Plas Kazo and has successfully served hot meals for 18 years.
Now it’s time to build a home for the food program, so children like Lydia always know where to go for a meal.
Program Director Lavarice Gaudin and his staff have recently taken steps to develop the lot right behind the Father Jeri School, and have begun construction on a new and permanent home for the food program. The building plans are designed specifically to serve the program – a kitchen large enough for cooking at volume and securely storing supplies; a large dining space with tables, benches, and a designated counter for serving and restrooms for the cooking staff.
Join us in securing the future of the food program. With a donation of $50 from each of our donors we can fund the completion of its new home.
What’s more, having a purpose-built home for the food program creates the opportunity for the Father Jeri School to expand its reach and possibilities. For instance, the new space could be used to hold events and dinners for students’ families, and the lot is large enough to add classrooms in the future.
Thank you, as always, for allowing your compassion to cross borders. We look forward to sharing the progress of this incredible project with you soon.