Yesterday was an exciting day. We finally recieved our charitable organization approval from the state of Ga. and were able to open our bank account without any problems! What a blessing! The website is officially published, and I am so excited about the possibilies in the future.
We are currently preparing for our trip back to Haiti June 28-July 6th. As we prepare, we are of course trying to raise money. Asking for money is never easy, even when you are trying to raise it for such a needed and honorable cause. So, I have been brainstroming several ideas for major fundraisers. We have some ideas in the works, but they will require a lot of effort and begging in over the course of the next few weeks! We hope to raise a few thousand dollars so that we can complete several projects while we are there (see our travel plans page).
The problem is....while we are saving money for our trip....the school needs money now too. The eight teachers there are all working on a volunteer basis. They use their time and energy to benefit the students of this school with absolutely no pay. Can you imagine? Spending every day shaping the minds of the future, with no monetary support for your own family. Obviously, you can see the problem here. If they can find a job somewhere else that can provide them with a paycheck, they are going to leave the school.
We want to make sure that they continue helping these students and thier community. In order to do that, we really need a few recurring monthly donors. We would love to be able to pay each teacher $25 a week.....yes, you read that right. Seems hard to believe right? But you have no idea how much of blessing that $25 a week would be. For us, all it takes is to sacrfice eating out one meal at a local restaraunt in a week, in order to help these teachers put food on their tables at home for an entire 7 days. $25 a week = $100 a month.....such a drop in the bucket when you think about it. We desperately need a few compassionate, and willing people who will commit to helping us pay these teachers a small salary for all of their hard work.
If you would like to be one of these who can make a huge difference in the lives of teachers and children this year, please e-mail us or send us a Facebook message. WE NEED YOU!
Dianna is the co-founder of L.O.V.E. for Haiti. She is an elementary school teacher in the U.S. so she is understandably very passionate about helping the ReMax Elementary School in Haiti. She is very grateful for all of those who support her in answering God's call.
Maggie is a co-founder of L.O.V.E for Haiti currently living in Montrouis and teaching at Institute Mixte Remax. Other than Haiti, Maggie deeply loves Boston College (Go Eagles!), Diet Coke and her cat, Ruby the Rascal.
Follow along on Maggie's sweaty adventures in the Third World here at www.haitiheart.tumblr.com