Written by Chris
Tomorrow our team arrives from Austin & LA. We are very excited! Today we got to spend time with Pastor Gaétan and Jay Louis. As an organization, we needed some uninterrupted time to talk about the future, plan and pray.
As we were discussing some key issues dealing with orphan care, issues such as reunification with family, trafficking, restaveks, budgets, accountability, and other various culture issues such as the importance of a church building, I began to realize a few things.
1) We tend to glorify NGO’s as some sort of fun work filled lots of adventure. I guess what I’m trying to say is this: it’s easy to forget how hard development work really is. It’s an inch-by-inch approach. Life is so complex in Haiti, no one truly has all the answers, there’s no one ‘right’ way to do the work, etc. The work is complex, messy, and frustrating. Truthfully, it can be overwhelming.
2) And now for the fun stuff. It’s such a privilege to sit around a table with such great leaders like Gaétan and Jean Alix Paul. Their passion is so deep, they care so much, they desperately want to see Haiti transformed.
They’re all in…everything is on the table.
Tomorrow we will have more meetings filled with more details, and more dollar figures will be thrown around. Tomorrow’s meeting is connected to a $500,000 project.
So not only is the work hard and heartbreaking, it’s always stressful. I have no clue how I’m going to raise $500,000. But that’s not the point.
What I do know is this, it’s such an honor to sit at a table and dream with our Haitian partners. It reminds me why we do what we do.
Is it worth it? Yes!