We are deeply grateful for your patience and support these last few months as we’ve been working closely with our Haitian partners during a time of transition after the passing of previous Program Director Lavarice Gaudin, and amidst a particularly difficult situation in the country as a whole.
As you might have seen in the news this summer, Haiti is facing a deep humanitarian crisis, with over 5 million people in need of urgent assistance and tens of thousands facing extreme hunger. In the midst of these challenges, we are thrilled to report that the food and education programs in Ti Plas Kazo are running and continuing to make a profound impact on the lives of the children and families we serve.
With your generosity, we have been able to provide nutritious hot meals to hundreds of children who have come from far and wide this summer given the security crisis in surrounding areas. The summer camp also welcomed a growing number of children and young adults offering refuge and a supportive environment to learn income generating skills. This year, the team at OSDE also launched a new initiative to reach the elderly and people in most need who had mobility challenges and weren’t able to get to the food program. With the help of community volunteers, provisions of rice, fish, flour, milk, sugar, and oil were delivered with care to the homes of two dozen of these families.
Your donations helped make all this possible.
Rosie, who leads the Food Program at OSDE, shared that the need for the programs continues to grow.
“We are in a difficult situation with so many people escaping the most dangerous parts of the city and coming to seek refuge here. Ti Plas Kazo has a close community of neighbors and we look after each other so we’ve been fortunate to have seen less upheaval here. However, this also means there is now a huge demand for the Food Program and as much as we’d like to offer everyone a plate of food, we need more resources to be able to do it. Thank you so much to all the donors who allow us to continue to do this work.”
In further news, we are pleased to announce that Adam-Michael Royston has taken on the dual role of Board Chair and Interim Executive Director. His heartfelt dedication to our mission, his vast experience working with community organizations across the world and as a seasoned fundraiser, as well as the trust he has quickly built with our partners in Haiti, place him in an ideal position to guide the organization forward. We bid farewell to Keeley Forrestel and thank her for her efforts and commitment to our cause these last couple of years. If you have any questions please email him at email@example.com.
None of these accomplishments would be possible without your compassion and unwavering support. We are immensely grateful for your generosity and shared belief in our mission to deliver critical programs for the development of Haitian children and their families. Together, we are making a difference, one meal, one child, one life at a time.
With heartfelt gratitude,
The What If Foundation Board of Directors