Helping others has been dear to my heart and every now and then I use this column to plump for a worthy cause. Please go to haitisupport.org and see the incredible work Bruce and Mathilde Wilson are doing in Au Centre, the remote village in the mountains of western Haiti where Mathilde was born and raised.
I was fortunate enough to go there with them for a few days in January. And had my eyes opened. Wide. Where to start?
No jobs, no electricity, no running water, no medical, no food, no road, just a dirt footpath, no indoor plumbing, one outhouse (at Mathilde’s mom’s house, thankfully), bamboo/thatch shacks, no connection with the outside world, and no education until this past September when the 8 classroom school opened that Bruce and Mathilde had built, with some help from their friends. It has 200 students very eager to learn.
Water is carried up a steep hill from a withering spring by women balancing 5 gallon (30 pound) plastic cans on their heads. 34 times daily. Food is rice and beans, some home grown vegetables and wild fruits, meat protein is virtually unheard of.
Mathilde has introduced treadle power sewing machines and a teacher to show young ladies sewing skills. They need materials to sew.
Please send us clothes people can wear, please send clothes that maybe are not wearable but the fabric can be used for something or for practice. We’ll gather it all up over the next month or so and then send the boxes to Port au Prince, Haiti and then on to the village. Send to me and mark “Haiti” on it somewhere. Haiti Support is an IRS recognized 501©(3) so your donation is fully tax deductible. They have no overhead or “administrative” fees so 100% of donations to go work.