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Thanking Our Director ~ Sarah VanderMolen



Our Haitian missionary friend and mentor, Luther Hansley used to remind us that “In Haiti you must remain flexible…because if you are not flexible Haiti will break you!”  Don’t have a ladder…make one with branches; missing a tube repair kit,…use string to patch a bike tire. With electrical power often shut off for days at a time, or roads that are closed because of a flood, our Haitian brothers and sisters have learned to adapt and remain flexible in order to engage in a fully alive life.  This adaptive approach has been important for our work at Haiti H20 as well.

As our director, Sarah VanderMolen has carefully laid the scaffolding for our little steamship of a mission organization. On top of managing her household of five, she has faithfully managed the work of steering our organization and administrating the many details—from mission trips to board meetings to implementing the Pittsburgh Marathon Fundraiser. She has truly mastered the art of adaptation-along-the-way and we are grateful for her service to Haiti H2O. Thank you Sarah! 

We are now at another crossroad that invites adaptive change. Sarah realizes that to better serve her family and Haiti H20 it is time for her to step down as director. She will continue on serving Haiti H20 as overseeing the Pittsburgh Marathon Fundraiser, but will transition out of the director of Haiti H20 in the next couple of months. Those are some big shoes to fill, but we are confident that this opportunity will again be an opportunity to grow and develop as we adapt to additional leadership and transition. 

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Doug Bradbury 
Board President, Haiti H2O
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Geneva College
A Perspective of Poverty


Family in front of spot where house once stood.

On the morning of October 4th, 2016 devastation hit southern Haiti in the form of a category four hurricane. Hurricane Matthew affected the lives of roughly 1.125 million people and I got to meet some of them. This past week I had the opportunity alongside a group of eleven people to go into the village of Baissin Caiman and its surrounding towns to learn how the people are living just four months later. Our team was able to survey about 70 homes throughout three different communities.
 
As we walked by foot for miles on end what I saw was overwhelming. I saw pieces of land where homes once stood. I saw people in need of medical attention, children crying for parents and houses that consisted only of roofs. In America, we like to throw around the word "poverty" and we often define it as being poor; living below a comfortable or normal level of society. My journey through these villages drastically changed my perspective of living in poverty. 
 
In America, most people living in poverty receive some form of government assistance whether it is S.N.A.P (supplementary nutritional assistance program) benefit, unemployment benefits, Child Care Assistance Programs and much more. However, the people in these villages are lucky if they are even noticed by their local politician. Any government assistance program would be a huge step in the right direction. These people live and thrive off the land around them. Their homes are built from a clay-based paste. Their roofs are often thatch and the homes are not strong enough to withstand a minor storm. They work for months, even years to get enough money to build only one part of their home. Their lives are constant work. They must start a fire anytime something needs to be warmed. They must walk for hours to reach an outdoor market. Their water is retrieved from a well if they’re lucky. And yet, with this entire struggle the people of Bassin Cammin are strong and persevere.

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Gabby Demers
Rhode Island College, School of Social Work student
Age:20
JOIN Team Haiti H2O at the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon 



It’s a really simple strategy—you get (or stay!) fit, make friends, and raise some money to change the lives of people in Haiti! Haiti H2O will use the funds you raise to provide clean water, sanitation, schools, and small business opportunities for people in rural Haiti. Sound good?

And don’t worry—we’ll be with you every step of the way.  We’ll help you with training programs, access to Haiti H2O’s coaching team, tons of resources to help you become a better runner and we’ll have fun monthly get-togethers where you can network with other runners. 

Fundraising goals are as follows:

$500 for Marathon
$350 for Half Marathon
$750 for Relay ($150 per runner)

$150 for 5K
$50 for Kids Marathon

Watch
inspiring video here!


Register at www.haitih2o.org 
or contact us at info@haitih2o.org.

Thanks for considering this opportunity!
Family works on logs for a new house
Family in front of makeshift house
Gabby with Haiti H2O staff, Budendy, Keea & Lucner
Father with his children in newly plastered house
Family in front of a house they repaired
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