New international attention has been focused on our little land of Haiti again as we work to recover from Hurricane Matthew which bulldozed through the southern part of the country last week leaving a path of destruction behind it. In our community of Mizak, we are looking at the specific challenges that our residents are facing and see how we can adapt our current programming to address the needs that have resulted from the damage of the storm. The residents of Mizak all depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, growing crops such as corn, beans, coffee, and fruit to sell in local markets to provide for their families and send their kids to school. When Matthew swept through last week, heavy rains and high winds leveled the fields, uprooted fruit trees, and took the lives of much of the livestock, leaving families with no resources left to earn money with. Without this agricultural income, the burden of paying for their children’s educations is going to be much heavier this year, even impossible for many. That is why in response to the storm, we at Living Media International have chosen to focus on expanding access to our many educational programs within the community to help ease that burden for families who may not know where to turn after the storm.
To help us continue to make these programs available to more people in our area, there are several ways to lend your support:
Sponsor A Child at New Life School
Sponsor A Classroom at New Life for a Month
Sponsor A New Life Teacher for a Year
Donate to our Dreamer Scholarship Fund
All of our buildings at Living Media made it through the storm without any damage including the New Life classroom buildings, the Learning Institute and Art Gallery, and our Guest House. The only minor damage that we will have to repair was on the bathrooms at our New Life School where the doors and roof were torn apart in the winds. (Photo Left)
Relief to Farmers and Families
While Living Media is focusing on our education programs, our partner, LaVallee de Demain is working to bring more immediate need to some families in need and to the farmers of our area. During the storm, multiple families actually used the LaVallee de Demain headquarters as an emergency shelter and in the days following there have been four families who have not been able to return to their homes due to the damage that they sustained and they remain living at LaVallee de Demain. The organization is now raising money to be able to help these families repair their houses so that they may return home to live in a safe and dry place. As LaVallee de Demain is an organization that focuses on agricultural and environmental interventions, they will also be providing short term food aid and agricultural help to the farmers in our area that lost their crops and their livestock. To accomplish these projects, they are hoping to raise $4,000. At Living Media, we ask that you would consider making a one time donation to our dedicated partners to help them reach this goal and bring aid to the people that need it most. You can find out more on their website and use the link to donate. Thank you!