Last spring I went to Haiti with Help One Now. Those few days in a place not so far from America, but so vastly, heartbreakingly different, will stay with me for the rest of my life. (You may remember how the HH blog community raised over $4,000 in May with a garage and Instagram sale to go towards HON in Haiti.)
In Haiti, we spent most of our time with children. In Ferrier village, it was with orphans rescued at the border form human trafficking. In Drouin, it was with the schoolchildren. There was a language barrier, but that was it. Their little personalities reminded me so much of my two children at home. The children in Haiti craved laps to sit on, fingers to pet their hair. They were fascinated with the cameras on our phones and wanted to try on my Hollywood-sized sunglasses. We didn’t need all that many words to communicate silliness or love.
I worried what they thought of us, a group of white people stumbling into their village in our cars and soft skirts. I wanted to avoid a savior complex on either side. By the end of our time together, I cared less about my first world frets and more about how to get the appropriate aid into the right hands.
We’ve learned that the schoolchildren of Drouin have the most immediate needs right now. You might remember me telling you about how many lives were lost in Drouin in the cholera outbreak after the earthquake in 2010. Prior to becoming involved with the Drouin village, Help One Now used to focus solely on orphans. But they saw quickly that by helping families, it was the quickest path to orphan prevention. (You can read more about what is happening in Drouin by clicking here.)
Help One Now provides long term care for these kids and their families using a child sponsorship model. You sponsor a child, and the donation goes to helping the whole community. If you’re hesitant on the sponsorship model, I get it. I was, too. It’s still not my favorite way, but the fact remains that it WORKS. Sponsoring these kids changes lives. To sponsor a child in Drouin, please click here and then use the drop-down box to select by location, choosing Drouin, Haiti. (Of course sponsorships are welcome anywhere Help One Now is working, but our focus is on Drouin because it’s currently the most in need.)
I believe in the work that Help One Now is doing by partnering with locals in the areas they aim to help. I’ve seen with my own eyes the schools, shelter, and food that Help One Now is providing. I know there are a lot of good organizations out there doing important work, and that sometimes it’s overwhelming to choose who to support. If you’re looking for an organization, I would like to point you towards Help One Now, specifically the child sponsorship opportunities in Druoin. This could be something meaningful for the holidays, for both your family and one in Haiti.
During our time in Haiti, we met a local artist named Richard, whose life had been changed by a micro-loan provided through Help One Now. Through this small gift of financing, Richard was able to build the modest home where he and his family lives, and purchase art supplies to make and then sell his beautiful paintings.
My husband is a painter and we love to collect art from around the world. Having nothing to do with Help One Now, I still would have purchased pieces from Richard. The large piece I chose for myself has recently been framed and I cannot wait to hang it.
But I didn’t just buy one for myself. Knowing that the HH readers have a discerning eye and a heart to help, I bought two more just for this community. Today we’re going to bid on these two paintings, with 100% of the winning bid’s purchase price and tax-free donation going to Help One Now in Haiti.
The Music piece:
And the mule piece:
Here’s how this is going to work:
- I’m going to place the first bid in the comments below, starting the thread for both the music piece and the mule piece. Please leave your bid for either by REPLYING to my original comment. This will keep all bids in one thread and easier to track.
- The pieces are large, roughly 16"x24" when unframed. They are oil on canvas.
- It should be noted that the two pieces would go together perfectly as a set, but you must bid on each individually. Bids should be made in US dollars. Bidding will go until 11:59pm EST, Wednesday, November 12.
- I will pay for the shipping costs anywhere in the world, and provide the winning bidder with a direct link to Help One Now’s donation page. Once the tax-free donation is made, I will ship.
I’m including a photo of my personal piece by Richard, so you can see how it had it framed. I used an oatmeal linen liner, and then a funky chunky frame, both from Michaels custom framing. I used a national chain so that everyone would have a similar option.
Thanks for hearing me out and for supporting this cause that is close to my heart. Please consider sponsoring a child this holiday season.
If you're new to my blog and are curious about Help One Now, you might be familiar with the name because you've heard other writers and bloggers talk about the work HON is doing. Jen Hatmaker, Sarah Bessey, Kristen Howerton, Amber Haines, even Korie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame have all traveled with Help One Now to support their programs. Read more about Help One Now here.