I believe that good resides in all people because God made people.
AND there is a little bit of HIM in every person—even when we don’t recognize that it comes from Him. ALL GOOD COMES FROM HIM. I try to remind myself of this when I am disappointed in people. I think of Brene Browns comments in Rising Strong that she MUST choose to believe that everyone is trying her best. Seriously. It helps a great deal when I choose to believe in these two things:
That there is a little bit of good in everyone AND that everyone is doing the best they can.
But I have to confess, sometimes things happen that shake my heart a little bit and these two thoughts are tossed out the door.
Let me explain.
We recently had a fundraiser so that we could bring on TEN more teens in transition that have aged out of our partner orphanage. Instead of these boys ending up on the streets and perpetuating the problem of poverty—they get to be part of a story that is seeking long-term solutions to poverty. The lives of young men aging out of orphanages are changing and we believe that they will one day become the leaders in their communities.
THIS is why we give a handUP; to break them free from a life of handouts.
This is WORLD CHANGING stuff I’m talking about!
Yet at our fundraiser—we failed to raise the $60K that we so desperately needed to bring on these ten teens. Although the event itself was pretty amazing, we did not bring IT home. IT as in being able to offer our FOUR CORNERSTONES to all of these young men.
I was striving to find my peace with this lack of resources and was doing okay until I saw this:
As a country, we spent $3.4 billion on costumes that we will most likely use once. I know-I know—it’s fun and we’re making memories and visiting with neighbors and eating chocolate. But for me, it’s a REAL struggle. It’s like choosing to have a Pina Colada at a pool while knowing there’s a kid drowning in it!!!
Okay–so maybe it’s not a fair analogy but I’m confessing to you that this is how it made me feel. It’s times like this that make me wonder if I’m cut out for this kind of work. But then I get footage like this:
This is Richardson teaching English to impoverished children from a nearby village:
This is Patrick and he’s started a street ministry where he teaches young boys on the streets how to read.
This is Jean Ricard and he teaches the older boys at our partner orphanage how to make jewelry so that they can have the skills they need to get a job at HandUp.
THIS. This is the reason to keep moving forward and advocating for what we believe is right.
I believe that there has never been a better time to come together and put an end to extreme poverty.
I believe that HandUp is on to something revolutionary for Haiti’s aging out youth and that there is a BIG YES around the corner.
Will you believe alongside us?
The ripple effects of your donation to HandUp doesn’t stop at these young men. It spills out into their communities & THIS is what it takes to tackle poverty.
You can still TEXT to DONATE at 41444, TYPE in HUGG & follow the prompts.
At the end of the day, we want to know that we inspired you towards being part of this amazing story of redemption. We want YOU to know that you have the power to effect change on a global scale–so let’s tell this story TOGETHER!!!