This Saturday, I'll be running a solo marathon in support of Foyer Espoir Les Enfants, an orphanage and school in Haiti.
The orphanage was established 10 years ago, in the wake of the earthquake that devastated Port of Prince. I was introduced to this cause through a good friend, who remains involved, and have a lot of faith in the founder, MaryJo, who continues to run the orphanage today.
For this 7th year of fundraising, I believe running on my own matches the spirit of enduring through hardship that typifies MaryJo and the children in the orphanage. While we’ve all been impacted by COVID, I believe the degree of impact to Haiti is far greater. This year, the need for basic support has grown significantly. Because of the country’s increasing economic struggles, MaryJo is working to supply a meal a day to the kids of the school, as well as children in the surrounding community. Sadly, that meal is often their only one.
On top of this, the school has continued to grow and is now at 273 kids. MaryJo hopes to be able to expand the school’s offerings; an example is including trade skills for the older kids. This is one of her many goals for Foyer Espoir Les Enfants.
The yearly budget is just over $120,000, fairly evenly split between the orphanage and school. That covers a staff of 10 for the orphanage, 20 for the school, along with food and supplies - they use every dollar.
I'm writing to ask for your strong support for this remarkable organization in a year when our giving matters more than ever. Your donation, large or small, makes a difference in their ability to continuing supporting children.
On behalf of all of the children and staff, I thank you for your generous support.