Backpack Distribution Day

All of the hard work and donations paid off yesterday! We headed up the mountain to Ecole Fessart to distribute over 110 backpacks with school supplies. The director of the school, Josue, went around to the community to make sure that all of the children registered for school would be there. It became quite a community event with an audience watching the distribution. It was so wonderful to see this come to fruition and watch the children proudly wearing their new backpacks! They are ready for school to start in 2 weeks.
After the backpacks, we took some of the children into the tent to give them pillowcase dresses or shorts and socks thanks to Sarah Griffith. Then all of the children were given a treat of a pack of Oreos and juice. A meal of rice and beans was served to all of them after we left.
Yesterday was a reminder of why I am here, to attempt to make the lives of children a little bit brighter. This was one of the best days of my trip so far.
Thank you to everyone that helped make this possible!

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Urgent request to help Ecole Fessart!

$10.00 donations needed.

My friend recently received these pictures of the school that we are helping in September. Not only is the tent that the school is held in in really bad shape, but the school benches have been stolen! Fortunately, the government changed the start date of school from September 2 to October 1, so there is a little more time to sort this out. However, we leave for Haiti on Monday, Sept. 2.

We can purchase new school benches for $10.00 a piece. We will have to figure out a way to secure them while we are there, but we’d like to try to raise some money before Monday to purchase the benches.

For less than the cost of a trip to the movies, or a few lattes, you can buy a bench for this school. Please consider making a $10.00 donation today. The fastest and easiest way is through our Paypal account:https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=U8FLWQEVFBAM8

Thank you!

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Be the Hope: More school supplies sought for children of Haiti

Heather Hinze, founder of a non-profit organization, Be The Hope, distributed backpacks filled with school supplies to students in a Haiti school.

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:00 am

Posted on July 17, 2013

Heather Hinze expected to experience poverty and deplorable school conditions during her two-week May visit to post-earthquake Haiti.

But the magnitude of the destitution created by a 7.0 earthquake in 2010 was greater than she imagined. The earthquake killed more than 300,000 people and left more than 1 million people homeless.

“Nothing prepares you for the poverty,” said Hinze, founder of Be The Hope.

“It has taken me a lot of time to process it.

“People have asked me how was Haiti and my reply is, ‘I don’t know. It was so overwhelming.’ ”

Hinze delivered 70 backpacks of school supplies to two orphanages, Mix Emmanuel Primary School and Frem Orphanage. She also brought half of the clothing and shoes she collected as well as bubbles, coloring books, baseball bats and balls.

“My first trip was to get my feet wet and figure out what is going on,” said Hinze.

She learned about a non-profit, Michigan-based organization that ships containers weekly to Haiti. Hinze can purchase space by the square foot to send donated clothing.

By providing children with school supplies, Hinze believes she can alleviate to some extent the financial strain on families to send children to school. Her ultimate goal is education can help break the cycle of poverty existing in Haiti.

She already plans to return in mid-September with 120 backpacks. She is adopting two schools in the mountainous suburb of Fessart, above Port au Prince.

“The area is so poor that the teachers’ main problem is that the children are usually too hungry to concentrate on their learning,” said Hinze.

Many schools provide one meal a day for the students and “it is the only meal for many,” she said.

Hinze returned with handmade jewelry by Haitian women. Hinze is selling the bracelets, earrings and a few metal crosses as a fundraising project. Prices range from $8 to $20. The money goes to the Haitian artisans and her project.

Hinze also is accepting cash donations at her home, 9767 N. Baylor Drive, Fountain Hills. More information also is provided on her website at www.bethehopehaiti.org and Facebook page at bethehopehaiti.

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Hinze welcomes support from any businesses, churches or organizations willing to have a box for donations in their office or lobbies for school supplies.

“Timing is perfect right now; stores will have displays soon on school supplies,” said Hinze.

Each backpack contains a hand pencil sharpener, a box of 24-count crayons, two 100-page composition notebooks, 12-count No. 2 pencils, a pencil case, eraser, 10-pack ball point pens and a 12-inch ruler.

“I’m having a hard time being here knowing that there is so much to be done there and I feel helpless,” she said.

“But at the same time, as far as orphanages and government go, the government is failing and how do you change a government that has been failing for so many years?”

Hinze said she tries to partner with individuals and organizations that she trusts.

“When you decide to give, you hope and pray it is legitimate.”

“It’s definitely challenging. It was not an easy trip,” said Hinze.

One week into the trip, Hinze said she broke down and cried for the first time: “I’ve never seen that level of poverty before, but you see a glimmer of hope in the job on the faces of the kids.”

 

http://www.fhtimes.com/features/featured_stories/article_fcb09b3a-ee59-11e2-a378-001a4bcf6878.html

School Supplies Needed for Haiti

The average family in the US spends $689.00 a year on back to school shopping. 78% of Haitians are poor (less than US$2 a day), and more than half (54%) live in extreme poverty (less than US$1 a day). Please help us help children in Haiti have the necessary school supplies to start the new school year off right.
Items needed:
Pencils
Ballpoint pens (black or blue)
Composition notebooks
Erasers
Rulers
Crayons (24 count pack)
Pencil cases

Ways you can help:

Pick up some extra supplies while doing your own back to school shopping.

Make a donation to our PayPal account and we’ll do the shopping.

Host a back to school drive at your church, workplace, child’s school, etc.

Buy online through our Amazon Wish List and it will be shipped directly to us. http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/FU237H4GPEN3/ref=cm_sw_su_w

Every donation helps! Thank you!

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Our Next Project: Ecole Fessart

Ecole Fessart is located in the mountains high above Petionville. It is an extremely poor area and it’s up a very steep mountain, which makes it difficult to reach. There are approximately 120 children attending the school. They currently have no permanent building. Classes are held in a tent that does not protect the interior from the elements. There are bare dirt floors and the school benches rot very easily from the rain and constant moisture. However, the children attend school even under these conditions. The head of the school is a lovely 29 year old man working in very difficult circumstances, but he is committed to the school and the children. There are a total of 6 teachers that are very rarely paid as there are no funds to do so. Through my friend Sarah’s amazing work, the school is provided with food once a month via a sponsor that she secured. This ensures that the children have at least one meal per day during the school week.

Our immediate goal is to bring backpacks and school supplies for all of the 120 children to be delivered at the start of the new school year in September. Additionally, since the school has nothing, we would also like to bring any other classroom supplies (i.e. chalk, chalkboard erasers, art and craft supplies, etc.) that we know will go to good use.

Our goal is to provide the following wish list items to each child:

  • 1 – backpack
  • 1 – hand pencil sharpener
  • 1 – 24 pack of crayons
  • 2 – 100 count Composition Notebooks
  • 1 – pencil case
  • 1 – eraser or pencil top erasers
  • 5 – ballpoint pens (blue or black)
  • 6 – number 2 pencils
  • 1 – 12″ ruler

We are confident that we can achieve this goal, but we will need assistance. Here are some ways that you can help us reach our goal:

Checks should be made payable to:

Be The Hope, Inc.

9767 N. Baylor Drive

Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

  • Host a school supply drive at your child’s school, daycare, office, church or business
  • Pick up some extra school supplies from our wish list while doing your own back to school shopping
  • Fundraise by holding a car wash, bake sale, rummage sale, etc.
  • Share this with your friends via social media
  • Local donations of school supplies can either be dropped off at the above address (there is a collection bin out front) or we will pick them up!

Please contact us with any questions, comments or suggestions! Thank you in advance for your help and support!

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Fundraising Friday!

It’s Fundraising Friday! We have 100 backpacks that we need to fill! (the suitcase is FULL of 70 backpacks!) A $10.00 donation will fill one backpack; please consider making a donation today and PLEASE share this on your Facebook timeline. There’s less than 2 weeks to make this happen. Thank you for helping us help children in Haiti!

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Our First Backpack Shipment For Haiti

We received our first shipment of 50 backpacks yesterday! I will be bringing them with me next month for the children that we’re helping in Cite Soleil. The Backpack Drive is still underway at Desert Mountain High School and we’re hoping to receive backpack donations this Saturday at the FUNdraising Carnival. While I don’t think we’ll make our original goal of 150, I am very happy with what we’ve accomplished thus far. The collecting will continue upon my return as we already have 2 schools lined up that would like our help.

ImageWe’ve had a little change of plans regarding the school supplies. I’m planning on purchasing the school supplies for the backpacks in Haiti. The original plan was to bring the filled backpacks with me. However, we have received SO MANY generous donations of clothing and shoes for the kiddos that I want to make sure to bring as many with me on this trip as possible. Unfilled backpacks are much lighter than filled ones and I am trying to keep my checked bags to a maximum of 3, so unfilled backpacks it is! Also, if I am able to purchase the supplies in country and not pay a premium, I like that we’ll be helping the local economy. Nothing about this venture is written in stone, so if it doesn’t work well this time we’ll go back to the drawing board for the next trip.