Hello friends, family, and blog readers – I hate to hit you up like this but here goes!
As you may or may not know, I’m leaving for Haiti on October 22, returning October 30. I’m going with a group from the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena. I went to Haiti for the first time this past January and shortly thereafter took a training course offered by UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission – http://www.umvim.org) on team leadership. The church in Pasadena had put together a team with capable leadership and people who are well traveled and have done much relief work worldwide. Due to the special circumstances in Haiti, however, someone in each group has to have worked with UMVIM in Haiti before. I felt quite honored when someone from UMVIM contacted me and asked me to be a co-leader alongside Rev. Allison K. Mark, Associate Pastor at FUMC Pasadena.
I know it’s all rather last minute but if you’d like to be a part of our team in spirit and remembered fondly while I’m there (and I might just bring you back a souvenir ;-) make a tax deductible donation to our team.
You can do this in one of two ways. You may mail a check to:
First United Methodist Church of Pasadena
500 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101
And in the Memo Field write “UMVIM Haiti – Kerry Cooper”
Go down to “Other”, type in the amount you’d like to give and in the blank space next to it enter “UMVIM Haiti Kerry Cooper”, click continue and fill in the card or check details.
I appreciate anything you can give be it $5 or $500!
We’ll be doing construction work in Leveque, a small community about 2 hours north of Port-au-Prince. Everything within a few hours drive of Port-au-Prince suffered severe damage in the earthquake in January of 2010. The rate of rebuilding is slow but steady. When I was there in January, you could literally see rubble from a damaged or destroyed building no matter where you were. Destruction is always within visual range.
We’ll be bringing medical, construction, and school supplies. Each team that goes to Haiti generates 10-20 jobs for local Haitian people in the communities we serve in. Over $7000 is put directly into the Haitian economy.
We need a grand total of $17,000 for the 9 of us to go covering all of our expenses and to pay for the workers (cooks, translators), construction materials, etc. while there. We’re only a couple of thousand short so please pitch in if you can!
Someone once asked “Why are you going there – again!?!?” I think these photos will sum it up:
I’ll leave you with this. In January one of the team members asked our translator, “By coming here are we really helping?” To be honest, we weren’t the best construction crew around and we did take breaks to play with the school children during recess. He replied, “When you come, you give us hope. You remind us that the world hasn’t forgotten about Haiti.”
Thank you and God Bless!