I want to invite you to be In For 10 to meet the food needs of 124 kids at the Son of God Orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
Here’s the deal – In May I had the privilege of going to Haiti with a group called AIM. While there I met the people at the Son of God Orphanage.
The Orphanage was started and is run by a man named Maccene Hyppolite (people here call him ‘pastor max’), and his wife.
They are incredible people. The started the orphanage in 2002 after not being satisfied with kids living on the streets. Now they have 124 kids (that was as of May 28, it would not surprise me if there were even more kids now). See pictures here.
The orphanage is run off the effort of a Max, his wife and family. They have no benefactors, they just find a way to feed the kids. It costs roughly $95 a day to provide the kids a well balanced food program. Currently the kids are receiving about 1/3 of such diet. The amazing this is how well the kids are doing on such a limited diet. I was struck at the orphanage by the thought that if it takes roughly $30,000 a year to feed these 124 kids as they should be fed.
I was standing in the courtyard of the orphanage (where the kids all live since the building was damamged in the earth quake) thinking about how to get $30k. It dawned on me that I have 3000 facebook “friends” and if they would each give $10 that would do it.
Then my friend Tony Jones sent me a light-hearted onion satire article where an “area man went to Haiti to see how the Red Cross had spent his $10, only to be discouraged by the lack of progress”.
That got me thinking that there are certainly needs in Haiti that can’t be solved by $10, maybe not even 10′s of millions of dollars. But, that is not the case at Son of God orphanage. $10 spent on food there will make a real and meaningful difference.
So, I started an effort called In For 10. The idea is to find a way to get my 3000 FB friends, and all my other friends to give me $10 and I will get to pastor Max for the kids.
I wanted the project to be simple, easy, cheap and fast. So, at this point I have decided to not form a non-profit organization. Rather, I will take the money and process it and get it where it is needed. This means there is no tax deduction on the $10 contribution. If someone wants to give $1,000 or so I do have a non-profit that can take that size gift and provide a receipt, but for the most part that is not what we are looking for.
I would love to see all my online friends, and a bunch of my real friends give $10.
You can join the Facebook Page to stay in touch with the effort, and you can contribute by clicking the Google Checkout link or PayPal Link below.