It has been a very long week, but I am excited to say that I had lots of time to think. This week, my teachers talked a lot about beginnings. Beginning with a new teacher, new class, or in my case, a new school and state. That led me to think about why my family and I visited Haiti.
We decided to go, after talking with Arthur Demosthenes, and learning about how we could make an impact on the children and families there. We were introduced to Arthur by church friends, and he later joined our family for dinner. He helped inspire the idea of going to Haiti, and because of him, we learned much from our experiences there.
During the next couple of weeks, I would like to summarize our experiences in Haiti, day by day, so please stay tuned! Thank you for reading this short post, and I hope to be more detailed in the future!
I have decided to try and write a new blog each Friday, but we will have to see how that turns out!
I am 16 years old, and I currently am a sophomore. Although I am fairly young, I have been lucky enough to visit a 3rd world country. In our society today, people are incredibly privileged, and have much more than we think. I traveled to Haiti this past August, and it was truly influential on me and my family. We went there as guests of a pastor, and yet, living there was unbelievably hard. We only drank bottled water, because their water was too dirty for us to drink. We could only take quick showers, but would get sweaty and dirty almost an hour later. There were many, many mosquitoes that left bites all over our bodies, and there was almost no way of protecting ourselves. The sun was very strong, and there was little sunscreen or protection from its rays.
We stayed for 1 week, but I don’t know if we could have stayed another week. My sister and father got extremely sick, and it was very difficult for the last few days. Many people around the world do not honestly understand how much others struggle. I hope that by the end of this school year, I will consistently raise some funds for teachers in Haiti, and then I hope that some people will be interested in visiting Haiti with me next year. I’m not going to lie; this trip was very influential, but difficult. I want to find other students like me, who have dedication and passion for helping others.
“When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it”. -Jim Rohn
This is my first blog post, and I don’t know 100% what to expect. All I do know, is that I have a clear goal in my head. I have a passion; something I think about all day, because I desperately want it to come true.
My goal is this: During my high school career, I want to create some sustainable source of income for a K-8th grade school in Haiti, and then, figure out how to impact others by building a company. This idea of 3 generations, is my hope to unite people from all generations to help and make a stand. If you are a kid, helping your community and others is incredibly important. It sets you out to think about others, rather than yourself. I was always the type of kid who did that. Usually, I did that too much, and ended up not taking very good care of myself. However, I feel blessed to have learned the important lesson that comes with helping people. My parents were the ones who started me on that track, and I want others to do this too. It’s never too late to make an impact! Even older generations can do many things. It is important to not dis-acknowledge them, just because they are older. In reality, it is the mindset that people place upon them that makes them believe that their work is done.
Through this blog, I hope that others with similar goals and ideas can join me in impacting the world. My father has always told me to “impact a billion people, for big goals can be achieved with time and hard work”. Be the type of person who dreams so big, that others may laugh at your dream. This will push you to achieve new things.
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek”. -Mario Andretti