Tuesday, December 2, 2014

{Giving Tuesday} Hope for the Hungry: Making a Difference for Children in Haiti

When engaging our children in service or in charitable giving, we always talk to our children about the work we are doing. It's important to us that the boys understand (at their level) those we are supporting. When we collect food for a food drive, we talk about hunger. If we make a donation to support children in another country, we learn about that country. I'm proud to highlight Hope for the Hungry, a non-profit that a childhood friend of mine is deeply involved with. She is directly tied to the organization's work in Haiti and recently did a teacher training there. I asked her to share with me some ways that individuals could get involved and support their work.

As we support Hope for the Hungry this holiday season, we'll also be learning about Haiti using some of the Children's Books About Haiti shared by Kid World Citizen.

There are many ways to get involved and support Hope for the Hungry. I'm excited to discuss them with Caterpillar and Wild Thing and see which we way we decide to get involved and give back. I'm grateful to my friend, Stephanie (who has a lovely blog, the process of becoming not me), for sharing these details on ways to support Hope for the Hungry.
1) Child home sponsorship - $100 provides for one of our orphans for one month. Any amount is helpful, however pledging to give $25 a month and giving consistently is a HUGE help and blessing. To be honest, we really need 40 commitments of $100/month sponsorships in order to adequately fund our orphan care and take care of those who are continuing their studies. We currently have 5 attending a university but by next October, that number will increase to 10. University study is expensive but we have committed to seeing them through their education...Consistent sponsorship is key!
2) Educate Haiti Fund - $12 educates and provides a hot lunch for 1 child for 1 month. We have over 900 students enrolled in our schools.
3) Purchase books for me to take to the teachers in Haiti. Literally...they don't have ANY literature or any access to literature. Can you even imagine it? They need French language books. I will be hand delivering these myself in February:) 
(Leave a comment or message me at The Good Long Road on Facebook if you want to connect with Stephanie to give books).
4) Purchase school supplies for me to take to the teachers during teacher training next summer. See our Amazon wish list and select some supplies to give.
Stephanie also shared some of the ways Hope for the Hungry is helping children in their local community in Central Texas. They have Coats for Kids and Christmas for Kids, two holiday campaigns to to support local children in need.
Please give what you can, if you are able or support an organization or cause that is meaningful to you and your family -- with your time, talents or with a charitable donation. I'd love to know how you are making a difference this holiday season!
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