Dear Friend of the What If Foundation,
As a donor, you have stood in solidarity with our friends in Haiti, bearing witness to their determination, heart, and incredible capacity to stretch resources beyond expectation.
Today, our partners tell us they need our help: “Haiti is facing a famine.”
The cases of coronavirus are rising exponentially in Haiti, fueled by the already dire humanitarian crisis, government instability, and lack of access to water and sanitation. Thankfully, there are no known COVID-19 cases at the Father Jeri School or the Lamanje food program yet. But adding a pandemic to a humanitarian crisis means food scarcity is deepening and many more children are going without vital nourishment.
Please help our friends at Na Rive meet the rising need. Help them feed the boys and girls of Ti Plas Kazo. Donate Now
Rosie, the head cook of the community food program these past 16 years, tells us the hunger intensifies every week.
“Each day there are more children and families in line at Lamanje — sometimes over 800 people waiting, after walking dangerous miles to get here. The food parcels we prepare are meant to feed a family of five for a week, but Haitians always share with others in need, so that same food is now being spread between neighbors, friends, and extended family. We started preparing parcels with two weeks’ worth of food, but it’s still not enough. Yesterday I spoke with one mother who walks many miles to get here. She’s pregnant now, and told me the last parcel had only lasted her family a few days. Her kids were hungry. It broke my heart not to be able to do more for them. We are their only hope.”
At the end of our conversation, Rosie said, “It takes heart to do this work.” This sentiment has really stuck with me. Love is the bond that connects us all. Rosie gives her heart to the children and families of Ti Plas Kazo, who love her in return — they call her “manman” (“mother” in Haitian Creole). And those families stretch the love they receive from her as far as they can — hungry and scared though they may be, they still find a way to share a meal.
And then there’s you. Come what may, you find space in your hearts for our friends in Ti Plas Kazo, sending your compassion across borders and making a meaningful difference in their lives as you’ll see in our latest Annual Report. Being new to the What If Foundation, I am in awe of your love and generosity, and of the partnership model we have in place that gets your support directly to those who need it most.
Help Na Rive keep meals, love and hope flowing for children in Ti Plas Kazo. Any donation makes a difference.
Of course, times are not easy here in the United States either. I send goodwill to you and your families, wishing you health, healing and hope as well. It’s been said too much lately, but that doesn’t make it any less true: we are all in this together. Thank you for keeping our friends in Haiti close to your hearts.
Together in service,
What If Foundation