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Stone By Stone- building a road following God's chosen path.  Together with our brothers and sisters of Haiti, we strive to serve the cooperative of HASWEP through Listening, Educating, Supporting, Praying, Working, Advancing.

LESPWA means HOPE in Creole. 
We are full of hope for Haiti.

 

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 FANMI LASANTE

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Desab, Haiti

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Why I Go To Haiti

I can honestly say the reasons why I go to Haiti are purely “selfish”.  I started going to Haiti in 2009 when my wife and I were in the process of adopting 3 sibling brothers.  For all of you that know us, you know how that turned out!!!

Haiti is a beautiful country once you get past the poverty, the distinct smells and the stares.  Yes, in Haiti, I am a minority.  This effects how I relate to the people.  As a minority, I try to do something unordinary.  I want to stand out as different than the other “white” people.  I strive to be different and memorable.  The Haitian people lead a simple life of survival, so different than my normal life in America.  Not that I do not have struggles, but it is different on so many levels.  Whenever I am in Haiti, I appreciate the opportunity to bring a small ray of sunshine, hope and love (and lots of laughter) to the community we serve.

The selfishness comes from my desire to help, serve and love unconditionally.  This is a “Me” thing because it makes me feel like I have contributed to something.  No matter how small, it still makes me feel good.  Seeing the smiles on everyone’s face when I pull up to the guest house; when asked to visit their home; invited to share a meal; or just sitting with someone I cannot communicate with.  There is love and compassion present and that makes me feel great!

So, when asked, “Why do I go to Haiti?”, my answer is because it makes me feel good.  I think this is true for many people, but some may not want to admit it.  For me, I’m Blessed!

Paul Rumo

~board member

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