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Dec 3rd, 2019 you and Star of Hope
Its #GivingTuesday and we want you to come alongside the kids!
Give Now and be done with your good deed!
This year, on Tuesday, December 3nd 2019, Star of Hope is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Last year, thousands of organizations in 150 countries came together to celebrate GivingTuesday. Over one billion dollars was collected.
The goal is more important than most, to do emergency food relief in Haiti, people will receive hope, love, and food. How much is unknown as it is up to you, right now it is give time.
Oh, you want more information, ok the short story is "give" today to your favorite charity or cause. #GivingTuesday™ inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that the world truly gives as good as it gets.
#GivingTuesday is a movement grown from a simple idea an idea where anyone, anywhere can join and be a participant in any way shape or form; donating money, volunteering time or raising awareness of a cause you can be a part.
This year Star of Hope needs your #givingtuesday gift to help restore dignity to Haitians due to continued social-economic violence. ( In simple terms folks are starving, then neede you and me to help with food. It is that simple.
Prices in Haiti continue to rise, a 100% increase since last year and there is tremendous social-economic unrest. Food agricultural production is down and insecurity is up. Star of Hope staff reports limited travel possibilities in the country as roads are still blocked. Still today only half of our schools are running as semi-normal. Most of the ones that are running are far in the countryside. Star of Hope has a huge budget deficit with increased pricing and price gouging.
The world food program lately reported that 3.7 million people need help and that 1 million are in severe need of food assistance. That would be similar to the populating of Oklahoma being hungry while all in Montana were starving.
Star of Hope CEO Mark Preston says some of these reports from international organizations such as the world food program and the European Unions ECHO program use words like “food insecure populations”, that's great for international bureaucratic updates but I would like to express to the working man and woman that the term “food-insecure populations” mean people are worse than hungry, they are starving; perhaps not at risk of death but still starving. I wonder if the 8-year-olds who are starving in Haiti contemplate syntax over their hunger. What about you as an eight-year-old, hungry, starving...I bet you would pray for relief, for food! Let's answer the prayer.
Food insecurity is gone up at least 20% in the last 3 months in the rural areas and in the capital Port-au-Prince and the other larger cities food is worse than scarce.
Security concerns, political unrest, roads being closed all add to increasing prices during an already inflationary period.
Our Manager in Haiti Tony Bursiquiot says “The least that can be said so far is that the situation has not changed yet and that majority Haitians continue to fight in large numbers on the streets to ask the president to resign from his functions. The main roads leading to provincial towns are still blocked by trucks, trees and fired tires protected by sometimes armed protesters. Businesses and schools remained inactive, waiting for a positive outcome to the crisis, the things causing the severe food crisis.“
The main reason for this round of unrest is that the people of Haiti it seems to want the president Jovenel Moise to resign. The reason surrounding the action is varied however the protests have turned to violent demonstrations several times in the last months. This has resulted in burning buildings, blocking traffic, violent crowds and so on. The result is shortages of water gas food and medical supplies.
One outcome more, over 50 people are dead due to violence and the state of the infrastructure is uncertain, free travel and safe travel is not certain.
The effect on Star of Hope is enormous, only half of our 2200 children are attending a school where they work to break the chains of poverty with education.
Our Director Myrtha Dor says simply” ...the kids are hungry and scared, it is the worse situation as the children suffer the most, we need food help more than ever.”
Star of Hope is responding first and foremost by assisting the people in and around our projects with emergency food boxes. In Haiti, the staff says a “food kit” can sustain one family of 4 for about 1 month.
Star of Hope is accepting donations here www.starofhope.us/give and also via a crowdfunding solution reached by texting the word foodkit to 71777.
This year let's help Haiti.
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