Monday, January 10, 2011 • 4:50 pm
Minhee and I are marking our 14th anniversary and while it’s not the tropical island we had in mind, the upside is that we’re headed to a tropical island.
We’re taking some “vacation time” this week and are en route to Haiti as part of our work with One Day’s Wages. We’re here to connect with some friends and partner organizations including World Concern. This past year, ODW raised over $100,000 and we’ll launch another Haiti campaign tomorrow in light of the fact that the rebuilding efforts in Haiti will not be a one year fix. Add to this the impact of the cholera epidemic…
Haiti is on our hearts.
Couple years ago, Minhee and I made a pledge that we’d try our best to go to a developing country. Together. Every year. Read the rest of this entry »
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Sunday, March 21, 2010 • 7:52 pm
One of the highlights of my time in Haiti was meeting many kids during our brief trip. There’s something about kids that are so very inspiring, uplifting, and even heartbreaking. We heard some painful stories about the suffering of kids – as a result of the earthquake but even before the quake – but one of the things that most encouraged me was the sense of “hope” I saw in the faces of the kids.
I had the joy of getting into a jump rope competition and yes, I should have let the kids win but being the competitive guy that I am, I sucked in the pain of my both of my Achilles tendons and was declared the Haiti jump rope champion. Check out the jump rope video below and sadly, the stark statistics impacting the current and future generations of Haiti. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010 • 2:48 pm
I was intending to blog more during my time here in Haiti but to be honest, I’m having information and emotional overload. I’m just taking everything in as I listen to people, drive around, meet relief workers, spending the nights on the roof and soaking in the sounds of the neighborhood, and hear the numerous stories of the Haitians we’re meeting.
There are so many stories from Haiti – a collective grief and hope.
Here’s one story from a gentleman named James who is working as a translator for World Concern. I’ve really enjoyed meeting him and hearing a glimpse of his story.
James is fortunate to be alive. On the day of the earthquake, he was Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , haiti, One Day's Wages, world concern
Saturday, March 6, 2010 • 10:55 am
As you know, I’m now in Port-au-Prince Haiti. You might be wondering, “Why are you in Haiti right now?” – especially since nearly two months have passed since the devastating Haiti quake on January 12, 2010.
There are 5 main reasons why I’m here: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , haiti, NGO, One Day's Wages, relief work, world concern
Friday, January 15, 2010 • 6:00 am
I received this email recently in the wake of the devastation in Haiti. I’ve been working overtime this week helping set up the ODW Haiti Relief Fund. We increased our goal to $100,000. If you’re thinking of donating, consider partnering with us. But in the midst of busyness, I haven’t had a chance to answer many of my emails including this one from one of our blog readers. I think it would be good for us – together – to wrestle, answer, question, and believe along.
Read it and let’s discuss. Whatever you do, please don’t mention Haiti and the Devil in the same sentence. But I’d love to hear some of our collective thoughts.
Here’s the email I received:
I wanted to ask you for some help. As someone who knows and believes in God’s amazing love as represented in Christ and His love, I also know that I have doubts in my own faith.
Particularly, I have always struggled to comprehend or to help others understand God’s love when great tragedies like natural disasters happen (or any tragedy). I have just recently visited Haiti Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , christianity, faith, haiti, religion
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 • 11:05 pm
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 • 6:00 am
It’s a simple invitation. The people of Haiti & neighboring countries need immediate help.
One Day’s Wages has started a Haiti Emergency Relief Fund and committed $5,000. It’s your turn to consider a donation. We are partnering with World Concern and Partners in Health – both incredibly reputable orgs that have been in Haiti for over 50 years combined and who have the infrastructure NOW to do some of the relief work. Click on the image to learn more and donate.
Filed under: , Earthquake, haiti, One Day's Wages
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 • 8:49 pm
The title of this post was supposed to be the title of a post that I was going to publish yesterday. I was scheduled to fly out to Haiti on Monday to spend some time with connections, shadow and learn from some organizations for research for our poverty organization, hang with kids at orphanages, and learn about how the food crisis has significantly impacted the people of Haiti. But because of the multiple storms that have hit Haiti and the surrounding countries – including the current “Ike” storm – I had to make a gut and prayerful decision to postpone my trip to another time.
I have yet to step foot in Haiti but I have heard so much about its beauty and depravity. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: religion, travel, haiti