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Tammy’s testimonial – March trip

Tammy MarchIf Home is where the heart is, then I am blessed to have two homes. After completing my 6th mission trip to Haiti, Haiti has truly become my second home. From Bonnie, Mike, Nic, Sonny & our translators, to the nearly 60 smiling children’s faces at the orphanage. I have added a new element to my family and a part of my heart always stays in Haiti. Though People for Haiti’s mission is to provide medical care, we’ve provided much more along the way. Last year during one of our clinics, I met a young boy named Edrix. He showed me how he makes bracelets with names on them. I thought he was a sweet boy, so I gathered a small bracelet order for our team. The next trip, Edrix appeared again. I spent a little more time talking with him and I learned he makes the bracelets to support his three siblings, his dad and the rest of his family. He told me his mother died when he was only a few years old. I was immediately impressed with how this young boy was not on the streets begging for money, but instead found a way to use his talents. He goes to high school all day and makes bracelets at night. What a great example of determination and drive. People for Haiti then shared Edrix’s story and started collecting bracelet orders for our friends back home. Each trip, friends of People for Haiti ordered more and more bracelets. The bracelets served as a reminder of the need in Haiti, and knowing we were helping Edrix’s family made the bracelets even more special. This January, Edrix surprised me with gifts he had for me. A hand carved wooden sign reading “The Lord is My Shepherd” and a hand painted wooden cup. I wasTammy march awestruck. In stark contrast to the great need in Haiti, I’m blessed to have all my needs excessively met. Yet, here was Edrix giving me gifts. I was immediately choked up. It reminded me how even those who have so little still find ways to generously give. It reminded me that no matter where I am in life, I can and should always continue to give. And the look on Edrix’s face when he gave me the gifts… he was so proud. During that trip, I realized Edrix and I now had a special friendship. The night I returned home, Edrix sent me a message and called me “Mom.” After only being gone hours, I was already greatly missing Haiti and I got a message calling me “Mom.” … Wow…. “Mom”… A title reserved for someone dear to you. Someone that looks out for you. Someone you trust. When I read it, my heart melted. I knew the connection we had was more than just about the bracelets. Edrix knows he can trust me, that I am proud of him, and that I will continue to help him. This last trip in March, our group went to Edrix’s village to see where he lives. When we walked up the unpathed and rocky hill to his home, we immediately noticed several guys installing a new tin roof on his raw, but concrete structured home. Edrix told me that he paid for the roof with the money from our bracelet purchases. Amazing! Collectively, our $5 bracelet purchases are building a home in If Home is where the heart is, then I am blessed to have two homes. After completing my 6th mission trip to Haiti, Haiti has truly become my second home. From Bonnie, Mike, Nic, Sonny & our translators,Tammy Marchto the nearly 60 smiling children’s faces at the orphanage. I have added a new element to my family and a part of my heart always stays in Haiti. Though People for Haiti’s mission is to provide medical care, we’ve provided much more along the way. Last year during one of our clinics, I met a young boy named Edrix. He showed me how he makes bracelets with names on them. I thought he was a sweet boy, so I gathered a small bracelet order for our team. The next trip, Edrix appeared again. I spent a little more time talking with him and I learned he makes the bracelets to support his three siblings, his dad and the rest of his family. He told me his mother died when he was only a few years old. I was immediately impressed with how this young boy was not on the streets begging for money, but instead found a way to use his talents. He goes to high school all day and makes bracelets at night. What a great example of determination and drive. People for Haiti then shared Edrix’s story and started collecting bracelet orders for our friends back home. Each trip, friends of People for Haiti ordered more and more bracelets. The bracelets served as a reminder of the need in Haiti, and knowing we were helping Edrix’s family made the bracelets even more special. This January, Edrix surprised me with gifts he had for me. A hand carved wooden sign reading “The Lord is My Shepherd” and a hand painted wooden cup. I was awestruck. In stark contrast to the great need in Haiti, I’m blessed to have all my needs excessively met. Yet, here was Edrix giving me gifts. I was immediately choked up. It reminded me how even those who have so little still find ways to generously give. It reminded me that no matter where I am in life, I can and should always continue to give. And the look on Edrix’s face when he gave me the gifts… he was so proud. During that trip, I realized Edrix and I now had a special friendship. The night I returned home, Edrix sent me a message and called me “Mom.” After only being gone hours, I was already greatly missing Haiti and I got a message calling me “Mom.” … Wow…. “Mom”… A title reserved for someone dear to you. Someone that looks out for you. Someone you trust. When I read it, my heart melted. I knew the connection we had was more than just about the bracelets. Edrix knows he can trust me, that I am proud of him, and that I will continue to help him. This last trip in March, our group went to Edrix’s village to see where he lives. When we walked up the unpathed and rocky hill to his home, we immediately noticed several guysIMG_0232 installing a new tin roof on his raw, but concrete structured home. Edrix told me that he paid for the roof with the money from our bracelet purchases. Amazing! Collectively, our $5 bracelet purchases are building a home in Haiti. We are putting children through school! We are supporting a family! As Edrix’s father stood before us proudly wearing his red, white and blue USA t-shirt, he smiled from ear to ear. He didn’t speak English, but he communicated perfectly. I felt as if I was meeting family, and I was. My friends in Haiti have now become “family” to me. Thankfully, I am now traveling to Haiti every other month to visit my Haiti family. And while I am home in the States, my family in Haiti rarely leave my mind, and they never leave my heart. I love my Haiti family and I thank People for Haiti for providing me the opportunity to enrich my life by sharing my love with others, both medically and ways in which I never imagined. . We are putting children through school! We are supporting a family! As Edrix’s father stood before us proudly wearing his red, white and blue USA t-shirt, he smiled from ear to ear. He didn’t speak English, but he communicated perfectly. I felt as if I was meeting family, and I was. My friends in Haiti have now become “family” to me. Thankfully, I am now traveling to Haiti every other month to visit my Haiti family. And while I am home in the States, my family in Haiti rarely leave my mind, and they never leave my heart. I love my Haiti family and I thank People for Haiti for providing me the opportunity to enrich my life by sharing my love with others, both medically and ways in which I never imagined.

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