all photos via Scott Wade
Let's all be honest for a sec.
Child sponsorships can feel ambiguous.
A little murky.
Depending on which commercial you watch, maybe even icky.
And we all get bombarded at some point with "asks".
Whether it be from the pulpit.
Or a blogger. (Hang with me for a few- don't ditch this post just yet.)
A Christian concert.
'Asks' can feel uncomfortable.
Because I have felt it, too.
I have tuned them out.
I have sponsored.
I have wondered how the money gets there.
And who handles it between.
I had only been a part of large organization's models...
But I longed for something different.
I think that is why I gravitated a year ago to a site called Help One Now.
The unassuming but vision-filled man in the newsboy cap.
All things that pulled my heart-strings and left my life stamped forever with the feeling that
Doing good is simple.
And it should be.
What a relief when you let those words sink in.
I saw the sponsored kids eat at school.
For some of them, that is their only meal for the entire day.
But they are fed out of the huge pots of beans and rice and chicken because of sponsorships.
All of them.
The entire school.
Bellies being fed in heaping spoonfuls.
I saw the children, lined up 7 across, sharing two desks.
Row after row like that.
Packed into each other and the heat of the day.
Leaning into the teacher's words.
Education never looked so holy.
Help One Now has a sponsorship page.
At the outset of this trip, they needed 100 more sponsorships in order to invite more community children into the Drouin school. Some of those are spoken for now, but sponsorships are still needed.
I think my followers are unique in that (most of you) are crafters.
We all need to do what we can from where we are.
If you love kids.
If you make cards.
If you want to dazzle some little fingers with your crafty goodness.
If you spend $41 dollars on crap each month that you can cut out.
Then, maybe you are in the exact position you need to be in to sponsor a child in Haiti.
While I was watching their dusty fingers move over cards and photos from those who already sponsor,
I couldn't help but think this is where crafters' cards need to be sent.
And colored images.
These are the cards that will be treasured in a way you will never know.
It sort of moves our hobby past Facebook "likes" and blogpost comments
Into a deeper place.
A needed place, friends.
And, seriously, look at their faces when they get their envelopes from sponsors.
I almost died watching the giddiness.
It was something I will not ever forget.
So this is absolutely an 'ask.'
But I am confident that it is unique.
Because this organization is unique.
And, even though an ask is hard to write, because "asking" does not feel natural to me...
I can't imagine walking away from this trip without doing so.
What I'd really love to do,
Is wrap my arm in yours and take you back into last week with me.
Because it wouldn't feel like an ask anymore.
Just two friends, joining together to do good.
It really is that simple.
To sponsor a child click here.
To read more about the unique sponsorship model that Help One Now has developed to sustain their efforts in the Haitian communities I visited, click here.
If you cannot afford sponsorship, please consider a Garage Sale for Orphans. I did one last fall. Got to clean out all our excess to help those who are in need. What a profound paradox. When you commit to the garage sale, be sure to select "Ferrier Village Preschool." You will be coming alongside the community children in the second photo in this post:).
If you have questions, please leave them in the comments, and I will respond individually to each one.
Thank you for following my trip to Haiti, friends.
Thank you for caring about what I care about.
You have helped me raise over $5,000 for Help One Now the past year.
I can't tell you what that means to me.
Or what it felt like to walk through the projects on the ground...
I love you all.