It has been heartwarming to read so many responses to our January newsletter. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for our 20th anniversary and your stories on what inspired you to join us on our mission.
I shared some of your messages with our Haitian partners and they were deeply touched by your compassion and solidarity with the Ti Plas Kazo community. Knowing that the What If Foundation family of supporters is keeping them in their hearts as they go through these harrowing times lifts up their spirits and helps them feel that they are not alone.
Because that is a big part of our role: to be there for them no matter what challenges they face. Over the last 20 years, your donations have provided shelter from storms, hot meals when all was lost, a path to education where it seemed there was none. Time and again, you have helped families get through another day, and made hope possible for tomorrow. Your compassion and kindness touch all of our hearts and drives us to reach further.
In commemoration of our 20th anniversary, it’s our honor to share a few stories from donors like you on why they support the What If Foundation.
From Kate Neal in Massachusetts:
When I visited Haiti in the fall of 2014, I was taken not only by the faces of the children eagerly arriving to the food program for a hot meal, but also by the mothers caring for their newborn babies and the ones expecting, hoping to provide for their unborn children. I remember a woman saying that without the daily meal she received at the food program, breastfeeding would be near impossible for her. She said formula is expensive and hard to come by in Haiti so without the food program she wouldn’t be able to feed her baby. I think of her often and of other mothers like her who are facing even greater challenges today given the current crises in Haiti. I am so grateful that Na Rive has found ways to keep serving meals through every challenge they face. Working with the What If Foundation over the years and seeing how much this committed group of neighbors, teachers and community organizers have been able to accomplish with the money we send, is the most hopeful thing I have witnessed in my life.
From the Hendrickson Family Foundation in Vermont:
Through the years we have seen the hard work, dedication and resilience of the students and families to continue with their studies through never-ending hardships. A couple of members of the Hendrickson Family attended the opening ceremony of the Father Jeri School in April of 2016 and were filled with lifelong memories. It was a remarkable celebration of the beacon of light that the school brings to the community. It was such a pleasure to meet the students and families, and to know that the school has a solid footing in the community, offering hope through education. It has been with great satisfaction that the Hendrickson Family Foundation has been a partner through the last 20 years, and we look forward to continuing the journey.
From a donor in Wyoming who prefers to remain anonymous:
What we like about the What If Foundation is that, from the beginning, they have partnered with Haitian grassroots leaders to support the needs of the Ti Plas Kazo community. Na Rive has demonstrated resilience, perseverance and leadership in the most dire political unrest and environmental crises. They continue to overcome new challenges and embody hope. Moreover, the beautiful smiles on the faces of the children attending the programs are enough to win over one’s heart. Lives are being changed for the better and we can be a part of that! It is a personal privilege and joy beyond words to be on this journey and to share what God has given us towards this critical work.
Thank you all for everything you do. What may feel like a small act of kindness to you has a life-changing impact on the lives of the children and families we support in Haiti, and the power to ignite the compassion of others across the globe.
With gratitude and hope,
Board Chair and Interim Executive Director
What If Foundation