Our New Fundraising Campaign for Haiti

Our new fundraising campaign for the Ecole Fessart project just went live! Here’s the information:


Be The Hope is a registered non profit organization in the State of Arizona (with the hope of becoming a recognized 501(c)3 organization in the near future!) with a mission to provide backpacks full of school supplies to children in Haiti. We believe that education is a human right, not a privilege.


In Haiti, 55% of the population lives below the poverty line of $1.25 per day. Due to the cost of school fees, school supplies, and uniforms many families can’t afford to send their children to school.
We believe if all Haitian children had access to an education, their potential to both end the cycle of poverty and contribute to the recovery of Haiti would increase. According to UNICEF, education contributes to greater civic participation and helps to combat youth violence, sexual harassment and human trafficking. It also results in a range of health benefits including lower infant mortality, reduced domestic violence and improved child nutrition. For many Haitian children, a school lunch is the only meal that they can count on receiving all day. Education can foster social empowerment, enabling an entire generation to become economically independent and positive contributors to society. Education is an important part of the successful rebuilding of Haiti.

We just returned from Haiti on May 28, 2013. While there, we worked with children from Agape Orphanage, La Main Tendre (LMT) Orphanage, Frem Orphanage, and Mix Emmanuel Primary School. We brought clothing and shoes for the children, hosted a “pool” party and picnic for the children at LMT Orphanage, and distributed 85 filled backpacks to children at Frem Orphanage and Mix Emmanuel Primary School. 


Ecole Fessart is located in the mountains high above Petionville, Haiti. 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 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. We understand that some people just can’t contribute financially, but you can still help us reach our goal!

· Please tell ALL of your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues about our cause and this campaign.
· Share this campaign with your email lists and social media contacts.
· Become a fan of our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/bethehopehaiti
· Follow our blog on www.bethehopehaiti.wordpress.com
· Visit our website www.bethehopehaiti.org
· Check out our Amazon Wish List for additional needed items: http://amzn.com/w/FU237H4GPEN3
· Set up your own fundraising event to benefit Be The Hope’s mission!

Link to GoFundMe campaign: http://www.gofundme.com/3apc58

Please help us help children in Haiti!


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.

There’s No Turning Back Now!

Not that I would have anyway, but my flight is booked, my reservation is made at Haiti Communitere, and I’m getting ready for my immunizations! It’s been over a year since I have been trying to get to Haiti and I’m now a little more than a month away from stepping foot on  Haitian soil!

I spun my wheels for the better part of last year trying to find the right organization to travel with. While there are MANY organizations out there, I wanted to find the right one for me. So many have a religious affiliation, which is fine, but it’s not what I was looking for. Others are very expensive; they seem more like vacationing than volunteering  I finally found one that I thought would be a good fit, they don’t have a religious affiliation, they are very reasonably priced, and they work with children in safe houses, but trying to get them to respond to my inquiries was like pulling teeth. Unfortunately, I spent a lot of time “chasing” them when I should have made the decision to go alone a lot earlier. As soon as I made that decision, everything fell into place.

We’re working on our final push for donations prior to leaving on May 14. We have the Cyclovia Fountain Hills event on 4/13, our Children’s Carnival FUNdraiser on 4/20, our BackPack Drive is still going on at Desert Mountain High School, and clothing, shoe and backpack donations are still rolling in.

If you would like to help, please contact us at info@bethehopehaiti.org.

Thank you!

BTH: Haiti Upcoming Events

Monday, March 18

Our first Backpack Drive is officially underway at Desert Mountain High School! Over the course of the next few weeks students can donate new and gently used backpacks for children in Haiti. Monetary donations are also being accepted through the school in the form of checks made payable to DMHS with Be the Hope Haiti Club in the memo line. Monetary donations will be used to buy school supplies to fill the backpacks. The homeroom that donates the most backpacks will enjoy a Dunkin’ Donuts party on us!

If you would like to organize a Backpack Drive at your school, church, office, etc. please contact us! info@bethehopehaiti.org.


Thursday, March 21

Be The Hope:Haiti will be at the Fountain Hills Farmers Market this Thursday (3/21/2013). We will be accepting monetary and backpack donations. We ask that the backpacks be either new or gently used (no holes, all zippers working, no tears, etc.) Monetary donations will be used to purchase school supplies to fill the backpacks. With beautiful 80 degree weather, we can’t think of a better way to spend a Thursday afternoon!Image

Saturday, April 13

On Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 – 4:00 we will be at the First Cyclovia Fountain Hills! The town of Fountain Hills, Arizona, will be closing several of its downtown streets to vehicular traffic, including the famed and aptly named Avenue of the Fountains. Cyclovia Fountain Hills is a free public event, welcoming cycling enthusiasts, walkers, runners, skaters, strollers, pets, and all others to come experience our “open streets” to meet their neighbors, learn about their community, take part in a variety of physical activities, and enjoy plenty of local vendors, food and drinks.

The goal of Cyclovia is to bring families outside of their homes to enjoy the streets of Fountain Hills while participating in healthy, active living through a series of activities, demonstrations and entertainment, including:

“Art Walk” on the Avenue
Guided Hiking Tours of Fountain Park Overlook Trail
Bicycle Safety and Helmet Fitting Workshops
FREE Yoga, Pilates and Zumba Classes
Kids Tricycle Races
Rock Climbing
Bicycle Decorating Stations
Photo Booths
FREE Bicycle Tune-Ups and Repairs
Dance Clinics and Demonstrations
Farmers Market
Food from Local Restaurants and Vendors
Live Music and Entertainment
Beer Garden
Museum Tours
And much more on the way!

Once again, we will be accepting monetary and backpack donations at this event. We’re really excited to be a part of this “first” event in Fountain Hills! http://cycloviafountainhills.com/


We love the idea of #FundraisingFriday! Please join the movement and consider making one of your #FundraisingFriday donations to Be The Hope.

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9ac04faad50a11e2be5722000a1fac35_7#FundraisingFriday is a campaign meant to inspire individuals to commit to donating $10 to one of their favorite nonprofits every Friday. First tweeted in May 2012 from @NonprofitOrgs, the #FundraisingFriday hashtag has since then been tweeted and retweeted thousands of times.

If you are a nonprofit, using the #FundraisingFriday hashtag is a simple way to ask for your supporters to donate and hopefully you’ll be able to convert a few fans, followers, and friends into donors.

If you are a donor, please post the name and website of the nonprofit that you donated to below. I’ll do my best to help get the word out about your generosity and your favorite nonprofits. Also, each Friday through the end of 2013 I am going to donate $10 to one of my Favorite Nonprofits. I hope you join me – if not every Friday, then at least one Friday a month. 🙂

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Our First School Sponsored Backpack Drive!

We’re so excited to announce our first school sponsored Backpack Drive! Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, AZ will be holding a Backpack Drive benefiting Be The Hope! They will be collecting new and gently used backpacks for children in Haiti. The homeroom that collects the most backpacks will be thanked with a donut party! Their donations will allow us to use monetary donations on school supplies, which will allow us to reach more kids. We originally envisioned using monetary donations to purchase the backpacks and school supplies. While we still intend to do this, we feel that we can do even more good by allowing schools, churches, individuals, etc to donate backpacks as well. Our main mission is still to provide backpacks full of school supplies to children in Haiti, but by changing our plan just a little we’re hoping to make an even bigger difference. At the end of the day that’s what it’s all about, right?

If you would like to spearhead a Backpack Drive in your school, your child’s daycare, church, workplace, or really anywhere, please contact us at info@bethehopehaiti.org. The more Hope Givers we have supporting us, the more successful we will be and, most importantly, the more children we will be able to help.

Let the fundraising begin!

Our very first fundraising campaign was launched today on Indiegogo! The goal is to raise $4,000.00. If we reach our goal, we will be able to purchase 150 backpacks for the kids at Agape Orphanage, La Main Tendre Orphanage, Frem Orphanage, Cite Soleil Youth Center and Mix Emmanuel Primary School. If we don’t reach our goal, we will purchase as many backpacks as we can. If we surpass our goal, we will use the additional funds for any or all of the following: additional backpacks for other schools in need (we already have a couple in mind!), other classroom necessities such as chalk, chalkboard erasers, arts and crafts supplies, and books.

Our clothing donation drive is still underway. We are collecting gently used and new clothing and shoes for ages 1 – 14 (both boys and girls) as well as new underwear for all ages. If you would like to hold a donation drive, please email us and we’ll give you more details. If you live in the Phoenix, AZ area we will pick up any donations too!

Our Indiegogo campaign can be found here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/be-the-hope-the-backpack-project/x/2362242

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

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