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I\'m raising money for my upcoming trip to Haiti on March 14th- 20th. I will be going with an excellent organization that is focused on bringing water, food, medical supplies, and most importantly hope to this country during their hour of need

At this point I'm sure that you have seen the videos or pictures of the devastation that has occurred in Haiti when the earthquake hit last month.  The devastation to the country is catastrophic especially since much of this country was already living in poverty before the tragedy.  Thousands of children are now orphans and countless others are homeless but the reports coming back from Haiti are full of hope and resilience.  I have been wanting to travel our own country and the world to do volunteer work and help those that are lacking the basic necessities of life but something always seems to get in my way, whether it be finances or work commitments.  Well, I think it is time for me to stop focusing on the obstacles and start putting my trust in God that he will get me to where I need to be. The funds I am raising will cover the cost of the trip and airfare as well as supplies that we will be bringing with us to the country. 

Please, any help at all will be so incredibly appreciated and if you can't aid financially then please pray for my safety and my ability to work with Haitian people.  I will be sleeping in "tent villages" for the 7 days I am there and most of the food we will be living on is what we can fit in our backpacks so it isn't exactly the spring break I had in mind, but I think it is going to be way better! I can't imagine how it will feel to help to give hope to the thousands of orphans, homeless, and suffering people of this country. I think I am going to learn a lot about faith and hope from the individual living in this country.  Helping others is something I am very passionate about and I'm so excited to go on my first of (hopefully) many of these trips.  I know I can sacrifice a week of my life to aid in this effort and hopefully you can find it in your heart to help me!

Thank you and God Bless!!

The following is an excerpt from a blog of one of the leaders from AIM (the organization I am traveling with) that is already on the ground in Haiti:

"Today, a few of us were in one of the hundreds of tent communities that have sprung up in and around port-au-prince. we met with a group of about 40 people (though thousands live in the community and the one next to it), listened to their stories, hopes and needs. even in the midst of such great loss and devastation, they possessed joy. they mentioned that no relief had come their way - no water, no food, no tents (their "tents" were sheets hung on sticks and wires). when i asked how they were surviving without food and water, the pastor i was speaking with said, "we're not." they are starving and desperate, yet still hopeful."

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