Spirit of Hope: Mission Accomplished!
Dear Spirit of Hope Supporters,
Haiti, the poorest country in our hemisphere, experienced a devastating earthquake, January 12, 2010, leaving the people unable to meet their basic needs. Many of you were among the first responders who knowing my long history of helping Haiti, reached out immediately with your ideas, compassion and financial assistance. For that, the people of Haiti are far better off today; for that, I will be forever inspired and grateful.
On my recent trip to Haiti, I experienced a very different country than I did 25 years ago. While there will likely always be a need to help, the response to the earthquake has left Haiti far better than I have ever seen it. More children in school, better access to medical care, highways that make travel easier and efficient, effective ways to get water to remote areas all characterize a much improved nation.
Since incorporating on February 2, 2010, Spirit of Hope has raised more than $125,000 and assisted close to 100 individuals to volunteer in Haiti. We have been an organization of volunteers supporting volunteers, meeting a need like no other organization. We have funded young people and elders, teachers and doctors, farmers and engineers, people skilled and unskilled. We have funded individuals who had never done international service and groups with years of commitment in Haiti. We have raised awareness with school children and held events from pancake breakfasts to 5K’s. In short, Haiti is better off because whatever your investment in Spirit of Hope, you joined others with your compassion and commitment to make a significant difference.
When we began Spirit of Hope, it was to meet a desperate need. I didn’t intend to build a sustainable organization and so never developed administrative leadership. Since I am now ready to give up managing the organization, the board of directors and I have decided to formally dissolve Spirit of Hope. Therefore, we are no longer soliciting funds or accepting applications. Our plan is to distribute the remaining assets and dissolve at the end of our fiscal year which is June 30, 2016.
We strongly encourage you to continue to help the people of Haiti. Our 2016 Amy Coe Award recipient is The Vassar Haiti Project. We encourage your continued support of Haiti through this wonderful organization. You can learn more about them and join their mailing list at www.thehaitiproject.org
On behalf of the Haitian people, I am deeply grateful to all who have supported this mission, in particular, Francis George and Pauline Lajoie, who have worked tirelessly as members of the board of directors since our inception. Where there is compassion and commitment, hope thrives. Over the past 5 years, you certainly provided the Spirit of Hope for Haiti, and I sincerely thank you.
Pam Reidy, president
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