We want to thank our friends at the Hardcore Help Foundation in Germany for continuing today with their ongoing support of our Moto Logistics Program. They made a generous donation today and we are so appreciative that we would high five them if they weren’t so far away. Our plan is to set up multiple Moto Logistics programs this year and their gifts will help make that a reality.
Want to help One Hundred For Haiti but don’t know how? You can sign up for monthly recurring donations to One Hundred For Haiti: its easy, and for as little as $1 a month you can be part of an international team making a difference in the lives of people who need it most. The pull down menu on the right side of this page can get you started, and you can cancel anytime. $1 a month is easy…help us out if you can, and thanks in advance!
Our friends at the amazing vegan restaurant The Veggie Grill are arranging a second benefit event for us! The first, two months back, raised hundreds of dollars for One Hundred For Haiti as people came in to support us all throughout the day. Veggie Grill generously donates 50% of all sales on the day of the event to One Hundred For Haiti.
Veganism is a good thing. Benefit shows are a good thing. Seattle is a good thing. This all combines to make for good times all around…and you can help! Spread the word about this event, especially if you live in the Seattle area. And in case you don’t, please spread the word to YOUR local restaurants or businesses wherever you live worldwide and ask them if they would be willing to host an event like this one.
Ask us anytime how to help set something up!
Having trouble viewing the image? You can also see the full sized flyer for the event HERE!
An update (9/17/2013): we have sent a second moto down to the village! Moto Logistics is in full effect there!
Our friends in the village of La Source report to us that the Moto Logistics program has been a huge success for them! They have been using the Moto we helped them buy, and are so excited about the job its created, that we decided to send down another Moto and see how the program goes for another few months. Here we see a villager from La Source riding the first moto we helped them buy! This moto creates a job where there wasn’t one before and it drives the local economy FROM WITHIN the village rather than as a handout from outside the village.
They key to working in Haiti is empowerment of the people there, and to work as a team. So many organizations fail, even when they provide needed services, because they come in with answers but disrespect local dynamics with what is a very American way of thinking: the quick fix. The local people might get physical help, or temporary change, but the long term effect is disempowerment and distrust. We have seen this happen all over Haiti, and even in this village, and are incredibly excited to say that the Moto Logistics program is doing everything we had all – meaning the people there as well – hoped for and more. With the addition of the second Moto, the empowerment locally grows, the team is stronger, and the development work we are all doing together goes on!
Stay tuned over the next few months for more from this partnership, and also more as we expand the Moto Logistics program to include other villages and locations as well.
GET INVOLVED with the work we are doing! Its easy…here are a couple ways you can help:
1. Watch this video about Moto Logistics, and then spread the word to your friends and social networks about the program…and let them know to donate monthly, even a small amount. You would be amazed how far $1 a month goes when a lot of people get involved!
2. Donate monthly! There are links to the right.
3. Get in touch with us and offer your talents as a designer, speaker, sharer-of-information, benefit show coordinator, medic, creative advertiser, or anything else you can think of.
We look forward to hearing from you and building the global team!
We just received photos from Haiti from our VERY successful Bikes for the Boys program! See our post a few posts below for more information and background on the campaign – we raised money through Crowdtilt to buy bikes for former child slaves currently living and meeting at a safehouse in Les Cayes Haiti. Thanks to your donations, the campaign was a success!
You can now set up paypal to automatically send us as little as $1 a month, every month. Enough people doing this will help our work so very much. You can choose whatever amount you like on the right side of this page….thanks!
This past week we had a rare opportunity: Gala, our friend from Kay Angel Orphanage was in the USA and we were able to get her some supplies thanks to Sarah Rolfe of the One Hundred For Haiti team who contacted her family and friends for donations and arranged everything, having it all shipped to where Gala was so that it could be hand carried back to Jacmel Haiti. Here is some of what we sent:
- Swimsuits for all the children
- Sturdy sandals for all the children
- Dell laptop
- New aluminum water bottles for all the children
- Glue gun and hot-glue gun glue sticks for arts and crafts
- Shelving supports for building shelves at the orphanage’s new home
- Screwdrivers and various tools
- Painting supplies for all the children
- Beauty and makeup supplies that the older girls at the orphanage had requested
- Various toys and treats and fun goodies for the children
A great way to get involved with projects like this is to click on the repeating donation option to the right. Even $1 a month sets us up to be able to mobilize on donation opportunities like this when they arise. We’re a small organization with a big heart and every little bit helps.
Thanks to Sarah for making this happen!
We just launched an exciting new campaign: in addition to Moto Logistics and the expansion of that program further into rural Haiti, we just launched a campaign on Crowdtilt to buy bicycles for fourteen rescued former child slaves currently living at a safehouse in western Haiti. We raised $1100+ in the first day alone.
Holli Griffiths, Project Manager, returned from Haiti last month having met a group of young boys who were former child slaves. She was so struck by their courage and experiences – all of them teenagers and pre-teens – and in sharing their story the idea came up to buy them bicycles so that they could live as kids are supposed to live: having fun, laughing, and working less hard to get to school and to meet one another. This program reflects a change for One Hundred For Haiti: its not relief in the traditional sense. Its not development along the lines of what we have done before in terms of helping people. But who could argue that buying each former child slave a bike isn’t the best idea ever? Holli excitedly suggested, “Let’s keep it a secret from the boys and present them with all the bikes at the same time…and then film their expressions and reaction to receiving the bikes! I am more excited for this project than perhaps I have ever been on any other!”
Holli also successfully located new recipients for our Moto Logistics program in which we provide a zero percent interest loan to verified organizations in Haiti for the purchase of motorcycles. As most people in Haiti travel by motorcycle, there are remarkable opportunities for these motos to be used as taxi vehicles, thus providing jobs for the drivers. The organizations use them by day to transport patients and supplies and by night as moto-taxis. (More information on Moto Logistics can be seen here.
One Hundred For Haiti provides the motos, a full tank of gas for each, the first year of insurance, and helmets. In return, money raised from the taxi use is split between driver’s salary, a donation to the Haitian organization, a repair fund for the moto, and repayment of the loan. ‘This is not a hand out,” says Holli Griffiths, “It is an opportunity to generate funds and create self-sustainability. The beauty is that 100% of the money is then ‘recycled’ into launching more projects throughout the country. One single donation can be used again and again.”