I'm on a mission to Bois Negresse, Haiti!
With Future Forward for Haiti's Gallatin Valley Packathon
In our peak-hugged Valley of Flowers, there will soon be an opportunity, together with our neighbors, to interrupt the cycle of poverty and hunger for some at-risk children in Haiti. On the 15th and 16th of October in 2021, Gallatin Valley Packathon for Haiti will be hosting its second annual Packathon. It is a community-wide, educational event where volunteers gather to pack school lunches for hungry children. This event is a chance to provide food for students of the Light and Peace School in Bois Negresse, Ouest, Haiti which is east-southeast of Port au Prince, south of the western end of Lago Enriquillo and nestled in the mountains. I'll be working with individuals and groups from all parts of our community, labeling, measuring, packing, weighing, counting, boxing up, and loading pallets of food for dedicated students from our mountains to theirs. Some days, these children cannot count on even one meal at home.
You could join us. You could also fund us. Tons of food costs money. Our goal is to raise at least $27,000 for Rice, beans, dehydrated vegetables and fortifying vitamins for volunteers to pack which will serve every student there every school-day, for the entire 21/22 school year. One child’s vitamin fortified meal per school-day for an entire year costs about $100. If you'd like to join us at Christ the King Lutheran Church, individuals can pre-register at GallatinValleyPackathon.org Each volunteer will pack about $100 worth of food, so if your group or community would be willing to underwrite some of the costs, we would certainly appreciate that and make sure we recognize you appropriately.
Donation checks can be sent to:
Future Forward for Haiti
c/o Shelly Fallang
3805 Toole St
Bozeman, MT 59718
Several groups participated in this event last year. It was uplifting and fun. Speaking from experience, it is satisfying to watch pallets loaded with food going to help hungry children. If you’d like to speak to past participants, reach out, and we will put you in touch with a couple of them.
please help me pack lunches for school children in Haiti so they can focus on learning.