Part of our Y community was shaken from the natural disaster in Haiti. The Y facility in Port-au-Prince was destroyed and the facilities outside of town were used as shelters. Yet, only days after the earthquake, a Y delegation was operating a food distribution initiative at the very site where the Y previously stood for 8 years running its programs and services to meet the needs of the community.
AWAKENHAITI is a grassroots, non-profit organization that started before the tragedy and, in turn, was well positioned to respond immediately to the tragedy and continue to serve local orphanages in a hands-on way.
AWAKENHAITI strives to be the hands and feet of Christ by serving those in need. There are so many needs in Haiti. However, this organization passionately talks of how the people of Haiti give back so much more than they receive. In support of their efforts, we provide various opportunities for our local Y community to play some small role in enhancing the lives of children in Haiti. This has included sending gently used soccer jerseys, sports balls and other equipment to these children through AWAKENHAITI. We are proud of this partnership and are happy to be giving back to the global Y community.
For more information on AWAKENHAITI visit www.awakenhaiti.org.