Being Haitian is both a blessing and curse in the eyes of many, but for me it is a definite blessing. I value those who take the time and effort who proudly show what Haiti stands for.
I was always fortunate enough to donate when I had the chance to various organizations and foundations, but I never felt as if I was truly a part of the team – it seemed too commercial. I was on the hunt to join a foundation whose mission was the help the education and housing sector in Haiti – particularly in another department not near the capital. I landed on a page, called Marabou Haiti – I fell in love instantly. I immediately started exchanging emails with the founder,Christelle Chery. This young lady, is absolutely remarkable, and I felt that this was the perfect step for me to be a part of something like this. I would really like for you all to please donate & support this foundation – the things we take for granted someone else is praying for.
Below is the interview which provides more information and background on this amazing foundation:
1.) Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Christelle Chery, born and raised in Haiti but I moved to Philadelphia at the age of 12. Now, 22, I’m finishing up my last undergraduate year in Economics at the Pennsylvania State University. Since 2009, I have been going back and forth to Haiti doing missionary work, especially in Jeremie. My family has a foundation called, Foundation Coeurs Verts (Green Hearts Foundation), based in Jeremie. I’ve been working through the foundation. I recently created Marabou Haiti in order to raise awareness to the conditions of living in Haiti and funds for our foundation while providing the contributors with innovative t-shirts, for now, each costs $20.
2.) Why do you do what you do? Better yet what inspires you?
Summer of 2004, my parents took us to Jeremie for the first time and it was life changing. While growing up in Haiti, I never knew that there were people living under the poverty line, which is $2 USD. Since then I got the urge to help the people of Jeremie, especially after spending an amazing summer with them and I have built bond with them.
3.) What do you aspire to accomplish?
Ameliorate the conditions of living in Jeremie financially, academically, and socially, which is something we have been working on intensely. In addition to that, we’ve built 44 houses in the past couple of years. By means of Haiti Mission INC, there are 3 schools; from grades 1st to 12th grade, in the area. Also, there are wells within 300 feet of each other, providing clean water. We hold summer camp to interact with the children, as a form of social support.
4.) What do you love? Why?
I love the fact that just being around these people can change the way they think. My children told me that they never thought about attending college because they knew they couldn’t afford it nor had what it takes to go through that experience. Being with them gave them hope, they just needed someone to believe in them and encourage them.
5.) If you could have a super power what would it be?
If I could have a super power, it would be infinite health.
6.) how can we contact you? Where can we donate?