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Could You Raise As Much Money As These Children Did for Haiti?

“Non-profit releases video with children talking about poverty and ways they have helped.”

Poverty Resolutions, is a non-profit organization based out of Doylestown, PA. The heart of their organization is to eliminate poverty around the world and to make others aware of what can be done about dollar-a-day poverty. Co-founders Andrew and Matthew Jones had spent twenty-days days, back in 2010, living down in Haiti, in a tent city on a dollar a day, trying to get a deeper understanding of what living in poverty was like. They were blown away by what they saw, what they experienced, and the emotions they felt. Since then, their goal has been to change Haiti and to eventually change the world. The main way they do this is through raising awareness and raising support. A new video that they have recently released is a video involving several young children who talk about what they think poverty means to them and how they can do something about it.

Emma (pictured above) help raise over $100 for Haiti!

Most adults in the United States have a decent understanding about what poverty is and how it is defined—most children do not. In the video from Poverty Resolutions however, these children talk about those who are poor and even give examples as to how they have done something about poverty. The children in this video talk about how they think every little kid should have toys and how they would share their own toys with someone who doesn’t have any. They also express how they wanted to do something to help, so they raised money, sold headbands, had lemonade stands, etc. They then took hundreds of dollars they raised and  gave it to Poverty Resolutions to take down to Haiti and make a difference. This is pretty profound for elementary school students.

According to statistics, Haiti is considered the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Poverty, lack of jobs, and lack of income are major problems that are causing people in Haiti to die. The average age of a Haitian is 61 years old, compared to the 78-year average that Americans have, according to the Human Development statistics. Something needs to be done. Needs must be met. People must come alongside Haiti and help. If children who range in ages four to twelve can raise money, spread awareness, and make a difference, can’t everyone? Click here to watch that video, and join together with them to eliminate poverty in Haiti. By becoming a monthly donor, you can make a consistent effort to help those in need.

Why I am Running this Weekend's Doylestown 5k

I’m a guy who puts things off until the last minute. I don’t know why, I just do. Anyway, I finally got around to signing up for the Race Against Poverty and I’m really looking forward to running this weekend. I hold no visions that my finishing time will put me on the front page of the local paper or that I’ll be rewarded with one of those oversized checks they give people who win stuff. My big goals for this 5K is to have fun, run in the middle of the pack, and enjoy a Saturday morning with friends.

The biggest reason I’m running in this race is because I think it is important. These are a few reasons why:

1. I want to be a person who pauses life to think about others. A few years ago I met Matt and Jackie Jones and they shared about the crisis facing the people of Haiti. Their presentation educated me, but more importantly stirred my heart to care. Because of where I live, and God’s grace, most of my life is isolated from the realities of extreme poverty. Although I know it is happening across the globe, I can easily shut it off. On October 26th, I will hit pause for a few hours and do a very small thing for those who live in poverty in Haiti. I will practice the discipline of remembering and caring.

2. I think it’s best to do things I believe in with others. I think doing life together is best. When we do things with others, we have more fun, we get more done, and we realize that we are not alone in trying to do something good in this world. When we join our voices with others, our message is amplified. When we all get together-runners, kids, volunteers, and fans- we say in a loud voice, “Extreme poverty is a reality in our world, but together we can do something about it!”

3. I believe in Poverty Resolutions! They are an impressive organization that is making a real difference in the lives of people in Haiti. I think their vision for building sustainable solutions is wise and it’s the way ahead for helping generations of people break the cycle of poverty. Most of all, I like their hearts. They care and it shows. I can get behind that!

Does running in a 5K make me some kind of hero or humanitarian? No, probably not. But maybe it does make me someone who is trying to care about things that are important in the world and do some something about them. Maybe you are the same kind of person. Maybe you should come too. It would be nice to meet you. Maybe we can run a mile or two together.

(We want to thank Phil Dunbar for writing this blog for us, we greatly appreciate him and his support!)