Wednesday, 23 March 2011
I know this adventure will have bumps in the road but I also know that in the end it will be worth it and it will be a rewarding experience. I will be staying at OREA Orphanage for the month of May. There are no beds so we will be sleeping on the floor with the children. The toilet does not work, there is no refrigerator or stove, we will experience life in a whole different way and I have never been so excited! I am looking forward to seeing how Jean and the children live and I know these children will touch my heart as did the ones in Africa. I am already dreading the day I have to return to Canada but I am positive that I will visit Haiti again in the future. I know a lot of people are worried about me going but it is not only what I want to do, it is what I need to do. Since my return home from Africa I have been anxious to go back. I miss the lifestyle, I miss the children calling out "Obruni" at me, I miss the feeling of frustration when trying to tell the children continuously that eating crayons and chalk will make them sick, I miss the feeling that you are doing something worthy. I miss the laughs and smiles from the children and people that suffer everyday. I miss making the children laugh, seeing their smiles brightened my day. I miss waking up at 5am and looking forward to spending the day with the children because I know that in some way I am helping them but in the biggest way they are helping me. I went to Ghana expecting to change lives, but in the end, they changed mine. People say I'm crazy for doing this, but I say they are crazy for not! You have no idea what is in this world until you travel and experience it first hand. I cannot put in words how rewarding the experience is. This is what I want to do, this is what I will continue to do until I cannot do it anymore. I know that Haiti will inspire me just as much, or maybe even more then Africa did. A lot of people say they want to do this kind of thing, my advice to them.. THEN GO DO IT! You only have one life, live it. The most important thing that I have learned from all of this is that nothing is impossible.
I have donated $535 to Jean and there will be more donations to come. I would like to thank Union Gas for helping me raise money for the orphanage and also the Chatham Daily News for posting an article in the paper! Union Gas will be doing more fund-raising in April.
I have been talking to Jean and he has yet to receive the money since it takes 10-15 days to transfer. It has been 40 days since the children have had food in the orphanage. It is awful to know that these children are suffering even when Jean is trying his hardest to support them. Jean has dedicated the last 6 years of his life to make sure that children have education and has opened his door to orphans. Jean has been trying to get support from organizations and the government but as of right now he has no income except for the donations he receives from his website.
I am also looking for items to bring with me such as: toothbrushes, toothpaste, hygiene products, clothes, shoes, toys, books, medical supplies, ect.
If anyone would like to make a donation to the OREA Orphanage please do so at http://www.orea-haiti.org/en/home.html. Make sure to put OREA in the instructions from sender or else he will not receive your donation.
If you have any questions or would like to donate any items please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact Caleb at email@example.com
Also if you would like to know updates about the orphanage please add Jean Alneus on facebook!