The following images were taken during our first trip to Haiti. While there, we were able to distribute food, water and soap to children in Dajabon (the boarder between Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
We also met with a local business owner who has a water filtration company and owns the hotel that will house our teachers; visited a local church in Ouanaminthe that has an orphanage and school; donated money, clothes, books and writing utensils;had a great encounter with a group of children bathing in a lake in a small village near the northern mountains of Haiti; provided them with food and clean water to drink; met with the Administrator and Director of The American English Institute . . . this school is expected to have a little over 200 students and only five teachers for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year; used the money raised from Balm Seeds' business launch to purchase and distribute school supplies and t-shirts to the schools we visited; and finally, discussed plans on how our organization plans to aid these schools.
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Balm Seeds Inc. Non-Profit 501c3
The idea for Balm Seeds was birthed in May 2012 when Founder andCEO, Melissa Codio, was watching a documentary on children living inSouth Sudan with no books and no educational resources with which to learn. The children in the documentary were very positive and even though they had little to no resources, they made the best of their situation. Melissa was so moved by what she saw that she felt compelled to make a difference. With no starting funds and a very limited budget, she began the work she felt she was meant to do.
To launch her global initiative, she returned to her home country of Haiti after being away for 25 years. During her trip she met with owner Edzer Joseph and director, Jean Rinaud, of The American English Institute in L'acul Haiti. The conditions, in what is supposed to be one of the better schools in the area, amazed her. There was no electricity, no chalk boards and no cafeteria. School can only be held for a limited time (while there was ample sunlight). The teachers use the walls as chalk boards. No one eats because there is no funding for a cafeteria. And, unfortunately, some kids have no clothing. Plans for Balm Seeds to provide uniforms, teachers, educational resources and clean water were discussed and progress towards obtaining supplies has already been made.
In addition to working with The American English Institute, Balm Seeds is working towards raising enough money by March 2013 to send teachers, books and supplies to at least three other schools/orphanages in Haiti.