Hallett Academy Raises Funds for HC Kids
Debra Muzikar | Development Director
On Friday, November 14, 2014, Susie Krabacher, Co-Founder of the non-profit HaitiChildren which serves children in Haiti, and The Links Organization of Denver kick-started a school philanthropy program called “Change for Change in Haiti.” Hallett Fundamental Academy’s goal is to raise $2,000 for the organization by collecting loose change over the next month. The mission of the International Trends and Services facet is to expand the global platform for programs designed and developed to service the educational, health, and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the world. As part of the project, six students will travel with Susie to Haiti to see firsthand what their efforts have accomplished and the work that HaitiChildren is doing.
For over twenty years, Aspen-based philanthropists Susie and Joe Krabacher have dedicated much of their lives to bringing desperately needed care to the youngest and most vulnerable residents of the Caribbean island through their Haitian-registered humanitarian organization, HaitiChildren. “We believe that the best way to heal these children is in their own country,” says co-founder Susie Krabacher. “That’s why we work so hard to provide the children with the local support and services they need to heal and thrive.”
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About HaitiChildren | HaitiChildren provides diverse services to the most vulnerable of Haiti’s citizens. Besides giving a home and 24/7 care to 126 children, Mercy &Sharing also runs three schools to educate over 1100 students, serves 2,000 nutritious meals to the areas poorest villagers every day, supplies clean water daily to over 5,000, operates a medical care and therapy center, and employs 220 Haitians. Mercy and Sharing’s administrative staff of four in the United States is funded directly by its Board of Directors, so all donations raised go directly to programs in Haiti. HaitiChildren is supported by loyal private donors (no public funding), dedicated volunteer Board members and officers, and numerous volunteers. To learn more about HaitiChildren and how you can help, visit www.haitichildren.org.
Interview: Susie Krabacher, Co-Founder/President of HaitiChildren
Interview by Nicole Weaver
Recently, I had the distinct honor to meet Susie Krabacher, co-founder and president of HaitiChildren, an organization dedicated to Haitian children’s relief. Susie is a relentless advocate for children, and was the recipient of the prestigious 2000 International Humanitarian Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Haitians in Washington, DC. HaitiChildren believes in equipping children with the tools and skills they need to become productive, responsible citizens. Go here to read about HaitiChildren’s 2014 Gala for Haitian Children’s Relief. Thank you Susie for taking time to do this interview.
Can you explain in detail all the work you are doing with Haiti’s children through your foundation, HaitiChildren?
The main focus of HaitiChildren is to rescue children who are not picked by any orphanage in Haiti. 99% of orphanages in Haiti do not accept children with disabilities. However, 50% of the babies with a handicap can become functional and completely normal [with] medical intervention. This is what we do. Then we raise these little Haitian heroes in their own country with the highest level of education in Haiti. [Students helped by] M&S [are] consistently in the 99-100% [range] of passing the State exams. The Haitian average is 22%. All of our children are introduced to leadership programs. Many will lead their country in the future. We do not avoid teaching values and all the children pray to our Heavenly Father for themselves and each other.
Do you have any short and long-term goals for HaitiChildren? If so, what are they?
I would like to see financial stability. I would like to have every program annually funded. We have challenges in keeping every program operational from year to year. This is always on my heart. I am always looking for faith-based partners who will join me in this great privilege of serving the poor and saving children’s lives.
How many times a year do you travel to Haiti? How are you able to remain safe?
I try to maintain a schedule of five weeks in the U.S. to raise funds and every sixth week in Haiti. HaitiChildren employs 212 local Haitians to run our 11 life-saving programs.
Let’s say someone wants to donate to HaitiChildren. What urgent, immediate needs do you have right now?
Any amount is a blessing. Keeping all the programs open is such a challenge. We serve 5,200 Haitians every single day. They get clean water, or their children get an education in our schools. We often provide the only meal they get per day. Our clinics offer care to entire villages. You can’t put a value on keeping people from suffering. But the best part is when they get hope from knowing about Jesus. We can ease the suffering but we get to spend eternity with them if they know him.
I understand all the proceeds from your book Angels of a Lower Flight go to HaitiChildren. Where can one can purchase a copy of your book?
The book can be purchased at Amazon or you can always order from your local bookstore. I would love to sign anyone’s copy and answer questions. I am now writing book two. Again, all names will be changed!
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If you would like to learn more about HaitiChildren and make a donation, please visit its website. You can also follow HaitiChildren on Twitter and Facebook.
HaitiChildren 2014 Gala for Haitian Children’s Relief
Blog by Nicole Weaver
The other night I attended a most amazing event: my first HaitiChildren Haitian Gala. HaitiChildren is a one-of-a-kind organization whose mission is to provide care and education to abandoned, orphaned, and disabled children in Haiti.
I first learned about HaitiChildren after reading the book Angels of a Lower Flight: One Woman’s Mission to save a Country…One Child at a Time by the organization’s CEO, Susie Scott Krabacher. I read it in one day and immediately became Krabacher’s number one fan. Her story touched me so deeply that it moved me to action. Haiti trip planner . I made the decision to support HaitiChildren financially.
Susie’s story made me stop to think that we do not have to let life’s curveballs define who we become in life. Having been sexually abused by her grandfather from age four until eight, Susie made a sound decision to not let her past impact her future in a negative way. She used her pains as a way to reach out to other children who had struggled with the same lack of self-worth that she had.
Her good deeds have made it possible to help educate the forgotten, feed the hungry, house the neglected, show mercy and dignity to the abused, and empower a new generation to hope and sustainability in my native Haiti.
Twenty years later, HaitiChildren is still going strong. The gala was held to raise additional funds to help reach more abandoned and disabled children from a vulnerable state of being hurt and broken and provide comprehensive care until they become independent and thriving.
I am Haitian American and I was deeply touched by people’s generosity. At the gala one person purchased a Peyton Manning-signed jersey for $1,500 dollars. Another purchased a Ty Lawson-signed jersey for $2,500. At a high school teacher’s salary, I can’t afford to make these types of donations, but nonetheless, I was left in awe at how kind and generous some people are.
If you would like to donate to HaitiChildren, please visit their website. Thank you!
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