When I was first invited to Haiti with Help One Now, I didn't want to go. My kneejerk was to politely decline. I had no doubt that Help One Now was doing good work, that it was a good and worthy cause, but I was scared. I've been pushed out of my comfort zone enough in the last two years, traveling to a country in such severe need wasn't high on my mental health agenda.
It was my husband The Gorilla who supplied the proper response: Of course you'll go to Haiti.
One week from tomorrow I'll start the journey. I'm going in a little blind. I'm not totally sure what we'll be seeing, I'm uneducated on the needs, am not even fully certain on what Help One Now wants to show me to share with you.
I do know we'll be going to this school. The simplicity of this video gave me a lump in my throat. Things like basic education, I know it take it for granted daily. As we fret over the myriad of elementary school options for my kids in Los Angeles, I won't soon forget what an embarrassment of riches that is.
When I went to Sri Lanka in 2012, I was skeptical of the child sponsorship model. But seeing it in action, I understand how it works better and while I still don't think it's perfect, I know from experience what these monthly pledges do for communities.
(I do know that part of the aim of our trip is to secure 100 child sponsorships in Drouin, and Help One Now founder Chris Marlow writes about why here. 100 seems very do-able doesn't it? I like that kind of end goal.)
Back then, I had all kinds of mixed feelings about the United States and the western Church flooding into poverty-stricken areas with all their "plans." I still have some of those questions and concerns. Years later, I wonder if readers are tired of bloggers traveling abroad and then asking for help. But the internet is a powerful tool for good, and this happens to be my platform, so who am I to limit myself and you?
Information has to spread somehow, and I trust myself as a source and I hope you trust me.
I'm just as nervous one week out as I was when I first heard about the trip. There is no "but..." coming. Just nerves. I want to do right by the trip and by all that trust.
If you're the praying type, I ask that you add the Help One Bloggers to your list. If you're the following type, I hope you'll read my posts from Haiti and not just automatically skip them. I'll be sharing my adventure here and on Instagram, mostly.
And an adventure it shall be.