Lafayette, La (KADN)– As Haiti continues to struggle with gang violence and inflation, one family is making it their mission to help the people of the third-world country.
For two years the Respire Haiti nonprofit has been here in Lafayette connecting the two communities for one greater good. To encourage, educate, and empower vulnerable Haitian children. To continue their work— they need Acadiana’s help.
In 2011 the nonprofit Respire Haiti was founded, it originally began in Haiti as a feeding program where hundreds of children could get a hot meal.
That original mission soon turned into a school for children in need…and it continues to grow.
“We started with just under one hundred students at the school. Now we have opened with six hundred students,” says Josh Anderson.
Over the years, Anderson says Respire Haiti has expanded through donations —-creating new opportunities for the younger generation. “We knew that education was going to be our platform and foundation, but from there we have a medical clinic that provides services such as mental health, physical therapy, and malnutrition. We started a soccer program.”
With the country of Haiti going through turmoil due to violence and the rising cholera cases, Anderson says they work even harder to educate the at-risk Haitian youth. “Like our student whose name is nene here at UL. We do hope to continue to provide opportunities to our students to come and get a higher education here in the states or elsewhere.”
Anderson and his wife have been continuing their mission remotely. With the help of Haitian leaders, they’re still able to ensure children in Haiti, change is possible.
“So that they can know they don’t have to have a future like that in Haiti. To be able to provide meals for them and clean water, access to clean water. All those things are necessary now.”
Respire Haiti hosted a fundraiser at City Club in River Ranch with a silent auction. All proceeds from the event will go directly towards providing a year’s worth of meals for Respire Haiti’s students, staff, and community.
If you would like to donate to the cause there is still a chance, click here.
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