Helping, inspiring and uplifting is something that has always been on my heart and when I see others doing the same it bring me so much joy. Recently, two of my sorors reached out to me regarding their trips to service trips to Haiti. Although they are not going on the trip together and their reasons for going are slightly different the desire to help the people of Haiti and ultimately make an everlasting impact were the same. These two young women have so much passion in their hearts and I want to share their stories. Please read their interview belowinspiring and uplifting is something that has always been on my heart and when I see others doing the same it bring me so much joy. Recently, two of my sorors reached out to me regarding their trips to service trips to Haiti. Although they are not going on the trip together and their reasons for going are slightly different the desire to help the people of Haiti and ultimately make an everlasting impact were the same. These two young women have so much passion in their hearts and I want to share their stories. Please read their interview below.
1. Please tell our readers about yourself.
Milly: My name is Miltiade Delille and I am twenty –two years of age. I was born in Haiti and
migrated to the United States at the age of five years old. I graduated from Binghamton University this past May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Health and Wellness. I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated initiated through the Pi Eta Chapter at Binghamton University and I was the Public Relations Chair, Educational Coordinator and President of the Haitian Student Association at Binghamton University for three years. I am currently a teacher in residence at Achievement First Linden Elementary School. My goal is to eventually become a school counselor in the future but first to gain a sense of experience in the classroom so that I am able to successfully work and connect with students on a psychological level.
Lindsey: Hello everyone! My name is Lindsey M. Williams and I am a 23-year-old, native of
Brentwood, Long Island. I am a graduate of St. John’s University in Queens, New York holding a Bachelor’s of Arts in English with a minor in Theology. I come from a mixed background of African-American, Native-American, Irish and Grenadian decent. Proudly, I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, initiated through the Omicron Alpha Chapter in the spring of 2012. Currently, I am a Student Advocate for 12th graders at the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York, New York. Aspiring to be a future principle and later an education administrator at a collegiate level, I dedicate my life to educating the youth in all parts of the world as well as servicing the less fortunate.
2. Why did you decide to take this trip to Haiti?
Milly: I chose to take this trip to Haiti because I haven't been back since I departed seventeen years ago. After the earthquake, I lost some distant relatives and it deeply impacted my family members living there, they lost vast portion of their property and land and were even afraid to sleep in their home. five years ago my goal was to visit and volunteer my time but I consistently used being away at school as an excuse. I am now finished with my undergrad degree; therefore, my goal can now be appropriately materialized.
Lindsey: Growing up, I have had many Haitian friends, and still do. During this time I have experienced the culture first hand in their households, indulging in the sounds of creole and smells of foods unbeknown to me. It fascinated me. As I grew older, I began to develop a deeper appreciation for the culture. Falling in love with the history such as the stories of Toussaint L’Ouverture and the slave revolt. The events of the earthquake that took place 5 years ago saddened me. Witnessing my friends lose relatives and have to rebuild homes and schools. “How will the little children succeed?” I ask myself. 5 years later, yes there has been help but there can always be MORE. The lack of resources for quality education in Haiti bothers me, and when something bothers me, I do something about it. WHY NOT take the trip to Haiti?
3. What is your goal of the trip?
Milly: I know exactly what it feels like to have nothing, which is why I enjoy giving back and volunteering to those that are less fortunate than myself. My goal for this trip is to visit Port-au-Prince,Haiti the city where I was born and volunteer at the very school I attended, Sacre Couer. I will be going out into the local neighborhoods especially Fontamarra, Haiti an area in Port-a-Prince with a huge population of poverty. I will be targeting the men, women and children that desperately need food, water, clothing, and basic supplies that they are lacking on a daily basis.
Lindsey: Primarily my goal of this trip is to help feed 500+ children as well as providing upstanding and quality education within the facility in which I will be teaching. My hands are outstretched in every area necessary. Provided the opportunity, it will be my due diligence to assist in the areas of medicine, economics, mental health, counseling, village outreach and an abundance of other projects that this organization allows me to. It is a goal of mine to change lives and provide a holistic experience for any individual in which I cross paths with.
4. What do you hope to accomplish in Haiti and what do you hope to gain as an individual?
Milly: I hope to gain a new perspective of life from this experience, throughout the hustle and bustling of my day to day life it can be easy for me to become self-absorbed, and fail to realize that there are people that that have it way worse than I do. I feel like as a whole there are tons of people that spend their days and downtime hanging out and letting time pass us by, at twenty two years of age I want to spend my time making a difference and impacting a few lives at a time which will eventually increase into hundreds and perhaps even thousands. Helping others makes me feel good about myself; when I am doing something for someone that will put a smile on their faces whether it is temporarily or maybe even permanently that feeling is truly indescribable.
Lindsey: On this journey to Haiti I hope to accomplish a sense of one amongst the people of Haiti and myself. I hope that any and every soul that crosses my path is given relief. I want people to genuinely see my heart. Physically, emotionally, educationally, mentally, spiritually, I just want to make a difference. I believe we as a people are one, so when I look at the people of Haiti I see myself, yes in another form, but it was God’s intention for me to make this journey in order to see “myself” in another light, the light across the water. I want to establish my sense of “self” in others, lend a helping hand in EVERY area, become a better me, and help to mold the people of Haiti holistically. I can only pray an ounce of their strength is somehow internalized within me during this trip.
5. How can my readers help?
Milly:My goal is raise $2,500 to ship three barrels of supplies/goods/toys to be distributed throughout our week long trip. Additionally, I hope to have enough funds available to purchase meals and water for those in desperate need. I will be accompanied by my two great friends that are equally as committed and passionate about this project as I am. We have purchased our airline tickets and are ready to make a difference. We are asking for a donation of any amount; no donation is too small. I can assure you that each and every dollar fundraised will be geared towards helping those citizens in Haiti that need it the most. If this trip is a success and I'm sure it will be, I hope to make it a biannual event. I currently have a fundraising campaign where you can donate monetarily if your heart desires. Here is the link http://www.gofundme.com/giveback2015. Most importantly keep me in your prayers because that’s what matters the most.
Lindsey: First and foremost, the biggest help to me is always prayers and words of encouragement. So I ask that those of you reading please pray for me. Any words of encouragement, scripture suggestions, poem suggestions, book suggestions, personal stories and testimonies etc. can be sent to me Via email at LindseyMicheleWilliams@Gmail.Com (Reading is my first love! It has mentally prepared me for many things in my life, making me the person I am today. These things have provided substance to my soul and it has humbled me a great deal. I would love to hear from you all!!!!)
Secondly, I have started a GoFundMe account in order to raise finances for my mission to Haiti as well as donation towards the organization facility and the village center (JOEDES) built by a good friend of mine Mr. Joed Esperance and his family. Quite fortunately, I have exceeded my goal by surprise but I will be taking donations until the 1st of February 2015. If anyone is interested in donating please visit: www.GoFundMe.Org/LindseysTripToHaiti any donation big or small is appreciated. Donors will be receiving a special gift from me in the mail upon my arrival back from Haiti in April.
6. What are you future plans?
Milly: A goal of mine has always been to open up a clinic center in collaboration with my organization Another Chance Foundation in Jeremie, Haiti for young female adolescents. This would be a safe haven for the girls to come in and relax, have a snack, seek medical advice, hygienic advice, and relationship advice and counseling. This is something that I am already looking into for the future. I am so excited for all my future endeavors. I am just remaining positive, active and gradually letting everything unfold before me. Stay tuned because you will be hearing a lot more from me.
Lindsey: A dream of mine has always been to join the Peace Corps. This is something that I intend on doing in the future upon successful completion of my Masters Degree in Education. This opportunity will allow me to exploit my passion and the love that I have for the souls that walk this earth. Joining this organization will allow me not only to save and improve the quality of lives but to instill education in the minds of the poor while creating an amazing life experience that will forever be embedded in the lives of many; leaving my imprints in the hearts and the minds of the future. Target areas for me are: Honduras, Guyana, Martinique, Kenya, and the Congo, and/or Tanzania. I look forward to achieve every accolade I set for myself and any other opportunity God may put in my way.A dream of mine has always been to join the Peace Corps. This is something that I intend on doing in the future upon successful completion of my Masters Degree in Education. This opportunity will allow me to exploit my passion and the love that I have for the souls that walk this earth. Joining this organization will allow me not only to save and improve the quality of lives but to instill education in the minds of the poor while creating an amazing life experience that will forever be embedded in the lives of many; leaving my imprints in the hearts and the minds of the future. Target areas for me are: Honduras, Guyana, Martinique, Kenya, and the Congo, and/or Tanzania. I look forward to achieve every accolade I set for myself and any other opportunity God may put in my way.
Thank you all for reading and I hope that their stories touched you and that you feel to help in some way towards their cause.