Saturday, February 23, 2013

Haiti Trip

My son and I will be going to Haiti on a mission trip with Foundation For Peace March 16-24.  We will be going down to help at the school and we will be bringing down computers and laptops with educational software from OLPC (One Laptop Per Child), a school version of Wikipedia (they have no internet access, so we will have a local copy, projects from Etoys Illinois and The Colombus School for Girls.

According to the Human Development Index, Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, and so especially after their seismic earthquake in 2010, Haiti has had difficulty in recovering as a nation and as a people. While much aid has been promised, not all has been delivered or well used and there is still much work to be done. My team and I will be working through an organization called Foundation for Peace (FFP) who has been aiding those in Haiti since the devastating earthquake.  FFP has local leaders in Haiti and is sending down mission teams about twice a month to continue to support the community and help them to support themselves. They initially built Camp Hope, a tent community of internally displaced persons who fled there for medical care and housing. After Camp Hope, they extended their building projects to include schools where elementary and high school students could learn…and they are learning! Many students are passing their standardized exams. My team will be assisting in the building an even bigger school, one where both academics and vocational trades will be taught, so people of all ages can learn in order to earn good jobs and provide for their families.  

That being said, our team needs your help! Each member of our team needs to raise about $1,800 ($3,600 for the two of us) and I am certain we will be able to raise the funds.  Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help support us.  What is most important in my opinion is your thoughts and prayers.  For the people of Haiti and for son and myself.

If you do feel called to support the team financially, all gifts toward the trip are tax deductible. Checks can be made payable to Westerly Road Church, with the memo line reading my name and the location of the trip. Checks can be mailed to 25 Westerly Road Church, ATTN: Director of Global Outreach; Princeton, NJ 08540.

Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers.


P.S. If you are in the NJ area and have any old computers, laptops, monitors, wireless routers, ethernet hubs, power strips, etc  and would like to see them re-purposed to help the children of Haiti.  Please let me know I will wipe hard drives and put educational software on them.

P.P.S Thanks to the folks at Poisson Rouge who have graciously donated their wonderful educational software to our cause.  If you have never seen it I highly recommend you visit (  I have been recording their software to everyone with kids even before they made this wonderful donation.

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