This baby girl REALLY NEEDS YUR HELP!! Help me HELP HER?? xoxoxo ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥Think about what you saw”…the words written on the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. As I walked under those words and into the Museum I could not forget the question asked of me as I stood in front of my classroom of Freshman students about to complete their first year of high school. “Mr. Healey. Why isn’t Haiti trending anymore?”. A 14 year old girl understood completely the immediate need to help a people in constant crisis; their faces filled with hope as camera crews from all over the world filmed them in the aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake which devastated an already fragile country.
The most powerful images are those that are rarely seen and barely believable. My wife and I are spending our summer in the DC metro area as she completes an internship and I spend my days reading, visiting museums, and attending informational sessions on how I can educate my students on the necessity of good work and its impact upon the world and upon themselves. I opened an email from Herline Raphael of Helping Hands and Beyond on Tuesday night and dropped the computer, my wife Michele picked up the computer and also dropped it. A 19 month old child from tiny Hinche, Haiti sent home to die by doctors who deemed her tumor inoperable by their modest means. Her mother was given eye drops and pain medication and was told to make her home comfortable.
The mother hearing that Americans were operating a temporary clinic made the journey to see Herline and Helping Hands and Beyond. “I burst into tears” was Herline’s response to seeing this child before her. Helping Hands and Beyond are a humanitarian outreach group based in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. They receive no pay and despite the challenges of maintaining careers, families, and marriages, travel to Haiti several times a year to do whatever good work they can. With no Internet, computers, or cell phones capable of reaching the world outside the tiny village of Hinche, Herline knew she would move quickly upon arrival in the United States. Through a network of selfless individuals and social media, Herline was put into contact with a doctor at the University of Miami who would sponsor this child and attend to her medical needs. The child, however, first needs a full diagnostic before being given a medical visa. This will require a trip out of her impoverished, rural village to Port Au-Prince to see an American doctor now waiting for her arrival.
Helping Hands and Beyond is asking all community members of the all communities to please donate to the cause of helping this child. Please send checks,cash,inquiries to Helping Hands and Beyond Inc.116 Blue Mountain Lake East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Please contact Herline Raphael at (570) 426-1972 with any questions. Please "like" helping hands and beyond on Facebook also.