Hello fellow blerds,
September 2016 I will be a part of a service vacation to Haiti with other young professionals.
Why does this matter to you?
I’m so glad you asked. This trip is more than us going to “take pictures of the poor.” In fact, it’s not even about that. We are going to give supplies that are needed to a local orphanage, clinic and help start a food pantry. The only supplies we will bring are supplies that are too expensive to purchase in Haiti.
Speaking to a few Haitians who have helped us plan this trip, the general consensus is Haitians do not want to have an economy based on aid. In reality, what country does?
In addition to our missions we have planned we are also going to explore the beautiful country and all it has to offer. While most Caribbean nation’s economy is 90% tourism, Haiti is only at 10%.
With the way the media has shaped the story of this beautiful country, it’s no wonder people only feel they should go to “give to the poor.” That narrative is old and tired just like some black narratives in America.
So I ask if each person reading this who wants to make a difference no matter how small can make a contribution to my trip.
I’ve loved Haiti since I was a child. History has always been one of my favorite subjects in school. So when I learned that Haiti was the first black independent republic in the world, it peaked my curiosity. Since then, as only a blerd would do, I learned as much as I could about this country. So much so, that it has become a home away from home in my heart even though I’ve never been there before.
With your help, I can go along with others and we put the beautiful, realness of Haiti on display in hopes that it sparks other to go see the beauty for themselves instead of donating to charities that rarely give help and money to those who need it most.
To make a contribution please click this link https://gumroad.com/l/vernettagoestohaiti
Together we can showcase the wonders of Haiti and help to dispel the myths that it’s always going to be a poor country in need of others support.
Vernetta R. Freeney is a business blogger and podcaster at vernettarfreeney.com and Organizer for the Houston African American Bloggers Association.