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Walking the Road of Partnership
“We make the road by walking it” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

My first trip to Haiti was an adventure that involved traveling a lot of roads—some smooth, some bumpy, some dusty, and some so muddy that our 4-wheel drive truck nearly got stuck. 

This serves as a good picture for working in Haiti.  We Americans complain when there are a few pot holes on our street and we tend to expect things to go smoothly most of the time.  Life in Haiti is less predictable, and as Luther, one of our missionary founders, often said, “In Haiti you must be flexible, or you will break.”  

In January, Doug, Jeff, and I had the opportunity to meet with our partners, including pastors, their wives, and other leaders from the four communities that we have partnered with for more than a decade. The community of St. Martin hosted our Leadership and Training Conference, which also included coordinators and translators who have worked with us over the years. It was such a delight to meet the many people that I’ve been learning about since starting as Director last fall. The roads are difficult at times, but the people of Haiti are such a blessing—their strength, joy, and hospitality are remarkable.

Haiti H2O desires to come alongside our brothers and sisters in Haiti to help develop hope and opportunity in their communities. Partnership is not the same as charity.  Partnership involves mutual respect and affirming the dignity of each person.

Read full article here

  by Rhonda Smith, Director

 

Taglines

These short, memorable descriptions have become identified with a product:
  • Just Do It! (Nike, 1988)
  • What Happens Here, Stays Here (Las Vegas, 2002)
  • Snap! Crackle! Pop! (Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, 1932)
  • Can You Hear Me Now? (Verizon, 2002) 

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. This is quoted so often it has become a tagline for the nation. It’s the short, memorable description that has become identified with a product. Help us tell another story:
 
Haiti is a land of hope.  After attending the primary school in Bassin Caiman, Ronald attended higher learning in Cayes, and upon graduation returned to teach back in his hometown.  Haiti H2O helped build the school and sponsor the teachers during environmental disasters. Marie leads at team of four women who bake bread to sell in the community in an oven sponsored by Haiti H2O. The oven has been operational for over 10 years under Haitian management. Jean sends her son to school with money they earn through the Haiti H2O Goat Project. 
 
Haiti H2O works in a nation of hope. You just have to look past the tagline to see a people of Hope, seeking and seizing Opportunities. Right now we need you to help this reality stay a reality.

The Pittsburgh Marathon/Half/Relay & 5K 
The Pittsburgh Marathon/Half/Relay & 5K is our biggest fundraiser. This year, we are focusing on recruiting relay teams from local churches. I am looking for team captains who will help me recruit and run for Haiti H2O. Would you consider leading a relay team for your church? Do you know someone else who would enjoy this opportunity?
 
The relay teams are made up of five participants who will run or walk distances between 3.8 to 6.5 miles.  The fundraising minimum commitment is $150 per person, for a team total of $750. 
 
More relay info can be found here: www.pittsburghmarathon.com/marathon-relay

  by Sarah Vandermolen, Marathon Team Captian

Register to run

https://www.crowdrise.com/haiti-h2o-pittsburgh-2018

Volunteer Position

Fluid Station at The Union Project:  North Negley prior to Stanton Avenue (Highland Park, Approx. Mile 20.6)
http://pittsburghthreeriversmarathoninc.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=23883&job_name=Haiti

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