From The Professor:
The purpose of this project is to raise money for children in Haiti so they'll be able to go to school and buy the many things that we have but they do not. In other words, it's all about helping those less fortunate. I feel that this project is important because it's helping kids who really need it and it can have a positive impact because the children in Haiti will have a chance to go to school, get nutritious food, and have a future.
I care about this project because I think that children in Haiti deserve a better lifestyle than they currently have. The life of these children right now is dreadful, they are forced to work like animals and are treated like slaves. Kids in restavek are pretty much servants to a family. They get up before everyone else, do the cooking, the cleaning, they're often hungry because they don't get good food, and it's not unusual for them to be abused. They don't have a fraction of the stuff we have and without an education they don't have a chance to make their lives better. Please make a donation so that we can help provide these kids with clothing, blankets, school supplies, shoes, and, most important, an education. Thank you!
The Professor's French teacher has created the From Loveland to Haiti: French Students Providing Hope blog. There you'll find information on the community service project, as well as regular updates. If you'd like to help with a monetary donation, you can do so through me (contact me at josherpoodle @gmail.com for my address) or a check can be made payable to Loveland City Schools with LMS French Class for Haiti in the memo line and mailed to:
Loveland Middle School
Attn: French Class for Haiti Fundraiser
801 South Lebanon Road
Loveland, Ohio 45140
All the kids are working very hard doing extra chores for money, organizing bake and craft sales, and many have plans for taking a donation box around on Halloween to solicit donations while trick-or-treating. It melts my cold, cynical heart to see kids helping kids in this way. If you're interested in just who the Professor's school is helping, you can view their pictures here. Seeing these sweet kids, so much like my own but living such different lives, makes me all the more determined to help my son help them to succeed.
Even if you don't wish to donate, please check out the links below for more information on the kids of Haiti. Thank you!
* "Painful Plight of Haiti's 'Restavec' Children" - Article by CNN.
* "Haiti Restavek Tradition Called Child Slavery - Article by Reuters.
* "Loveland Students to Help Peers in Haiti" - Article in the local newspaper, The Loveland Herald.