Posts made in January, 2018

2018 Seattle Activism Team meetings

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

One Hundred for Haiti kicked off its 2018 Seattle Activism Team in Seattle. If you ever wanted to contribute to a non-profit before and want to be involved in change for others, please join us for our upcoming meetings and see the many ways anyone can contribute.

At the first meeting a group of new people started with hearing a 2017 recap and then brainstormed ideas for 2018. It was hosted at Sea-Town Real Estate offices in West Seattle, and will continue to be in regular meeting times on the last Wednesday of each month. There will always be snacks!

Look for a Facebook group / event page about these meetings for next time.

This meeting was…
January 31st 2018 from 7:00PM – 8:30PM

The next is
February 28th 2018 from 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Sea-Town Real Estate
2701 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

On the anniversary of the earthquake: moving forward

Posted on Jan 12, 2018

Last year, Nathan Bean and Greg Bennick spent over a week in Haiti meeting people, talking to them, connecting, and hearing about their lives. We saw just how beautiful the country is and how vibrant. It was an incredible reminder once again about why we work there and support the people. And why we love it so much.

Once on a outreach trip, a hike for almost half a day led to meeting some wonderful Haitians in a remote village. Their water supply had been affected by the cholera outbreak in previous years and One Hundred For Haiti helped them build this clean water tank. Around this new communal space, we gathered and became friends beyond language barriers and cultural gaps. We connected because we all understood each other the other beyond words and borders.

Haitian faces often tell a story of survival and resilience. They are also faces of happiness, connection, and hope. These are people who want their children to thrive, their homes secure, and their lives to be full and rich. These are people who are us, and we are them. To think of them as anything less is to be less human ourselves.

Many of the people attached to these faces are cash poor. Generations of foreign oppression carry heavy consequences. From slavery to trade embargos to political meddling to best intentioned NGOs, Haitians have struggled to determine their own destiny. Through it all, their humanity has remained rich and very real. We believe that people are defined by far more than borders and validated by more than their material wealth.

One Hundred For Haiti stands with Haitians today in the midst of Donald Trump’s call for racial purity masked as a statement of superiority, dominance, and exclusion. Haiti has weathered worse storms than Donald Trump and her citizens are more than capable of enduring racist insults. It is incumbent upon us non-Haitians to stand up against these vile words and against reprehensible policy that targets Haitians and others around the world.

Let’s be clear, Haiti wins in the end and we will help make that happen.

For the Haitians we have walked alongside, for the faces that tell stories, for the beauty around every corner, for the brutal past, durable present, and the audacious future of a small Caribbean Republic, today from Seattle, we stand with Haiti.

#StandWithHaiti

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