When Faye and Gustav hit Haiti last month, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere began searching for a humanitarian lifeline. Then came Hanna, dumping more than nine feet of water on Gonaives, the resource-starved country’s second largest city. Last week, Ike delivered the knockout blow, swallowing the bridges and roads that provided humanitarian access to the worst-hit areas. Eight of the country’s 10 geographic departments have been flooded, hundreds of Haitians are dead, tens of thousands are homeless, and hundreds of thousands are cut off from humanitarian aid. – source: Time,Inc.
We met someone who can help. The wonderful people from Sion Fonds came out to the farm and we hosted their goat fundraiser. Only $60 gives a poor family a goat. Goats are a great head start for economic independence for families who have lost everything.
Annie Blackstone, the U.S. Director of Sion Fonds came and taught me about Haiti and how the people there are suffering. Her company has been raising funds to sponsor education, new schools, camps and doctors for the Haitian Children and their families. Now they are raising money to buy goats for families so that they can produce income from the milk.
Together we raised almost $6,000 just yesterday at the Goats for Haiti fundraiser right here at Laloo’s farm!
It really is so easy for people like us to directly make a difference. There are even more ways for us to get involved and do something about the poverty situations that others, less fortunate than ourselves are suffering from.
Please, please visit www.sionfonds.org to make a contribution in our name and to find out more ways to help. We should have another “Pet a Goat – Alleviate Global Hunger” party soon, it was so much fun running around and of course giving out scoops of our delicious Laloo’s Goat Milk Ice Cream.
A big thank you to all your friends for coming out and for being so generous with donations to this cause. Remember – the goat makes it good!
P.S. This picture is of the Theogene family they live in Masson, Haiti. The tall boy is Archil he is in the Sion Fonds educational sponsorship program. Archil’s sponsor chose to buy his family a goat in addition to paying his tuition for the year for $200.
P.S.S. and look at some of my snapshots from the party!