February 20, 2011

Global Family Philanthropy Continues To Rebuild Haiti


GFP Logo

It was a trip that startes out by boarding a plane in Phoenix. The first stop will be Miami. Then on to Port-au-Prince. Followed by a 7-hour bus ride to the end of Haiti, the sea-side town of Les Cayes. Lori Goldberg, the founder of Global Family Philanthropy, is in Haiti. Again. Her fourth or fifth trip since I sat with her 13 months ago as her phone vibrated across a table at a local coffee shop as if it were stuck on a constant ringing cycle.

Lori was sharing photos of the holiday trip where Seth (co-founder and Lori’s husband) played Santa to 30-plus kids. Showing a photo of the group in front of a gorgeous Presidential Palace, which hours later would be flashed across every major news station as a pile of rubble when the world would discover how fragile Haiti is. Nearly destroyed by an earthquake. Lori and I were talking next steps for her and Seth’s vision to help the people of Haiti. And, even though it sounds cliché, in a blink of an eye I saw Lori’s life change.

Now, just over a year later Lori headed back to Haiti with Global Family Philanthropy and more than fifteen volunteers to put the finishing touches on a school and a living space. And to adopt another child, bringing the family (yes, they are called family) clothing and school supplies.

Lori updates the GFP page on Facebook regularly with photos and information. I encourage you to ‘like’ them and show your support for this terrific organization. The photos surely will bring a smile to your face. The children have a sparkle in their eyes and the ‘parents’ who care for them are so loving and caring you can see their joy in the smiles on their faces.

But I’m not here just to ask you to like their facebook page. GFP needs your help. Instead of one child, as planned, Lori was asked to adopt two children from the same family – an infant (as planned) and her six-year old sister. And of course Lori said yes. Yes, to giving both children a chance at life. Lori would adopt every child in Haiti if she knew there would be funds to take care of them. She’s not adopting just for the sake of adopting. GFP is not an adoption agency, it’s a humanitarian effort to improve the lives of children and the people who care for them.

Take some time to read about their current trip to Les Cayes. The terrific people at Eeko Studio, a design firm in Phoenix who also designed the GFP logo and website, have joined Lori on this trip and are providing photos and updates on their humanitarian mission to Haiti with GFP.

Your heart will break knowing what the people of Haiti experience each day. But it will be healed knowing that organizations like GFP are truly making a difference. If you have the means to make a donation to GFP, please do.

If you are in the Phoenix area and would like to volunteer to help GFP, please let me know. If you know of anyone else who would like to help GFP please share this with them.

Thank you for reading and caring about the people of Haiti. You don’t have to be a celebrity, have a million followers on Twitter, or even a million dollars in the bank to make a difference in the life of a child.

Deeds of kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments.

Disclosure: I am a Global Family Philanthropy board member. I am not compensated in this role, nor was I compensated for this post.

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