I know I?ve been out of touch for a while. Since the beginning of the year I?ve been
totally focused on Haiti. After watching how the January earthquake devastated the Island of Haiti; I was totally frustrated with the inability of foreign aid agencies to deliver timely disaster relief and how the years of declining local infrastructure contributed to the catastrophic failures that we all witnessed.
I?ve spent time in Haiti working with several aid organizations to better understand the aid delivery failures and what could be A Better Way Forward
You can view some of my pics
from Haiti here...http://www.flickr.com/photos/partnersinhaiti/sets/
I?ve met some amazing people during my journey over the last few months who are committed to helping the people of Haiti; especially the children. You can?t even begin to imagine how inspired I am by them and by seeing how a few can make a powerful difference.
For me the hardest part about spending time in Haiti has been the children. How can you not want to do more when you see children suffering from malnutrition and you know there are high protein products that cost about 30 cents per day? How can you not want to help increase incomes when you meet a young girl who was sold into slavery (restavek) as so many children are because the less than $2 per day her mom makes is not enough to take care of her? How can you not want to have an impact when you visit orphanages with some of the most beautiful children you have ever seen. This beautiful 4 month old is my Angel
She lost her mom at childbirth. Careful, she might steal your heart as well.
As I continue this journey; I?ve create a Non-Profit Social Enterprise organization called Partners In: Haiti
. The mission of the organization is simple... use Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation to deliver ?Smart Aid?
Bill Drayton, the founder of Ashoka says that Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry
Like most of you I?ve been truly blessed; so one has to ask themselves that if we can?t make a difference in a country where over 70% of the people survive on less than $2 per day; can we actually create change anywhere else in the world?
I might not have all the answers but I know that I like the idea of playing my small part in the social revolution to fight extreme poverty. You might just be amazed at what a few of us can do.
Would love some feedback from those of you who might be interested in getting together to discuss ways we can help. I do plan to have a Haiti focused event before my next trip in mid-July.
Thanks for taking the time to consider this opportunity to get involved and really make a difference...
~ Steven George