On January 12th 2010 and earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale shook the small Caribbean Island of Haiti. 250,000 people lost their lives in less than 1 minute. A friend of mine Melissa Gilchrist Higgins was so moved by what she saw that she gave up her job in PR and travelled to Haiti to help in any way that she could.
On her return she knew that she had to do more and continue to raise funds to help. Pastor Clark Shepherd founded the Charity, Allowing Christ to Shine (ACTS) specifically to help the people and children of Haiti following the quake, so Melissa was able to partner with them and continue fundraising over the years.
I met Melissa at a charity auction for Haiti that my husband Ben and I were doing. I was really moved by what I saw and also by her passion and commitment to help. Through her online website Frontline F
, she has continued to strive to make people more aware and has now become a firm friend of mine. She has also returned to Haiti to see how the money is being put to use and continue to help.
I nominated The Zanmi Project, Haiti as a Christ Church Charity and was very pleased to have had it accepted. So far we have managed to send funds over to contribute towards building a community on the outskirts of Haiti’s capital, Port au Prince, which provides a healthy environment in which children and adults can get access to aspects of life that we take for granted: shelter, education, food, clothing, medical attention and care.
At the ACTS orphanage the children are raised in a loving home environment. 500 aed per month covers living expenses for the orphaned children including:
- Routine Medical care
- Staff salaries (caregivers, cooks, etc)
- Fuel to generate electrical power and much much more!
Thanks to our contribution we helped raise the $5,500 for a much needed hand-pump well. We still require and additional $1,000 for an electric pumping mechanism.
Thank you Christchurch!