Local banana merchant
So few of us know true hunger. We know discomfort and growling stomachs. We are familiar with picky eaters who refuse what is set before them. We are accustomed to nearly unlimited food choices. It is foreign to us that our children may some day be hungry. And we mean TRULY hungry.
During our time in Haiti last week, Fr. Sadoni shared a heart-wrenching story about a conversation he had with his mother. His mother is one of the cooks at St. Vincent’s. She and a handful of other dedicated women are responsible for making mountains out of molehills, stretching the food budget as far as it can go to feed all 250 students, teaching staff and administrators at the school. (This has been especially challenging since September, 2012 when St. Vincent’s food donor ended all distributions in Haiti.)
In recent months, his mother came to Fr. Sadoni to ask for money to prepare meals for the children. With tears in his eyes, he told her there simply was none.
Nothing. 250 young mouths to feed and the answer was none. It breaks our hearts to see our friends hurting.
Thankfully, the food situation has improved. Students are currently receiving beans & rice twice a day. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays they receive a third meal. The Red Thread Promise has committed to supplement this meal plan by providing weekly snacks to all children, teachers and administrators through the end of the school year. Snacks will be nutritious and we will support the local economy by purchasing fresh fruit in Haiti.
The weekly cost of snacks is $250 ($0.83 per person), less than one cup of coffee or an order of value-size French fries. We’re challenging you, our supporters, to provide a snack attack for these precious kids. This one small gift is the equivalent of a hug or an “I love you” they will feel on a weekly basis.
The total cost of the project is $2500, covering the last 10 weeks of the school year. Thank you for helping to keep the students of St. Vincent’s nourished so they can learn and the teaching staff nourished so they can continue to teach and run the school in the most productive manner possible.
St. Vincent's students