Haiti Here I Come!
Last week I had several exciting announcements (like designing a t-shirt for the Jane Goodall Institute, meeting Chris Stefanick, and working with CatholicTV!), and this week I have one more: I’m going to Haiti!!
A few days ago I found out that I will be going to Haiti with Fr. Sinisa and Resurrection Parish through Haiti180. I am beyond excited to spend a week and a half in August at the Haiti180 orphanage, caring for the children, elderly, and people in the village.
As many of my family and friends know, my connection with and love of the Haitian people started when I was very young. My first experience selling my artwork was at the St. Mary’s Parable of Talents fair, raising money for our sister parish in Haiti when I was in 2nd grade. After the earthquake in 2010, a few of my elementary school friends and I started “Hair-things for Haiti,” and we sold decorated hair barrettes at school and parish events. We loved the children of Haiti at the sister parish, without having ever met them. Now I’m getting the chance to go and meet the children of Haiti. I am counting the days, and I already know that I’m never going to want to come home.
I was sharing the exciting news of my trip with some classmates, and one of them responded, “Haiti?! Liv, do you want to die? What are you? Crazy?” They were shocked that I would risk myself and willingly get my hands dirty in order to help others. Yes, there are a lot of risks and potential discomforts. But yes, I’m willing to take those risks in order to help the poorest of the poor. A true leader is someone who is strong, fearless, and yet, humble, and willing to get down and get their hands dirty. I want to be a leader.
Please pray for me, the teens I’m traveling with, and the people we will encounter in Haiti. I am beyond excited!