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.