We would like to extend an open invitation to all who are looking to do some charitable work in the new year. The message below comes from cruisers Karen and Sandy from Good Samaritan of Haiti. They live aboard in the British Virgin Islands and are looking for cruisers interested in cruising for a cause in March to Haiti.
“We are looking for crew, boats, and donations of supplies. We are leaving from St. Croix around March 20th. Below is a description of the trip. If anyone is interested in helping they should contact Mandy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti is a small 501(c)3 US nonprofit working primarily in 2 locations in southern Haiti, in community development through education and microfinance. We operate 2 primary schools, with Kindergartens and free lunch programs, and ensure a good educational standard to grade 6 for over 300 children. We also offer a limited number of scholarships to middle and high school, trade schools and universities. We founded and run six microcredit groups of traders in 5 villages, and have recently expanded to include fishermen and larger business loans for small businesses. We’ve started masonry classes for 40 young people, sewing and craft classes, a children’s sewing class, a latrine building program, and are launching an agronomy advice service. One way in which our donors in the Caribbean and USA can help is in supplying, donating and crewing on our sailing trip, planned for March-April 2015. One or more catamarans and cruising boats will be voyaging to Ile a Vache, Haiti, to take a cargo of donated machinery and equipment, do workshops to assess the health of the school children, build them the first jungle-gym play equipment in the area, and begin the chicken-raising program to elevate protein levels in the diet. For more Information— Please see our site: http://www.goodsamaritanofhaiti.com/ and Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/730649347010066/