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Over the past week, Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in years, has devastated several Caribbean countries.

A country that was heavily affected by this storm is Haiti; the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. This is heartbreaking for countless reasons, but especially close to our hearts, with one of our non-profit clients, Respire Haiti, residing in Gressier.

Respire Haiti was founded by 24-year-old Megan Boudreaux in 2011. She had visited Gressier (for only 45 minutes) once before, and met a six-year-old Restavek that ultimately changed her life, and gave Megan the passion for Gressier and the struggling families within it. A Restavek is a child who acts as a servant to help earn money for their families and themselves. They usually do all of the household chores for a family; including fetching water, cooking, cleaning and more. In turn, most are treated badly and do not get the chance to attend school. That’s where Respire Haiti Christian School began, and now 60% of their current students are Restaveks.

Today, Respire has grown tremendously thanks to donations, big hearts and hard work. They now have Respire’s Love+1 Medical Clinic that around 2,000 people can turn to for dental care, primary care, occupational therapy and rehabilitation. They also have a food distribution program that feeds impoverished members of the community, an English language program, an adult literacy program and even a cafe and boutique that  provides jobs for locals as well as income for the school.

We feel honored to have gifted a website that will help raise awareness and help support such an amazing and selfless cause, and we are devastated to hear that Haiti was so harshly hit by this storm.

To donate to Respire Haiti or to learn more, visit their donation page. To donate toward Hurricane Matthew’s impact on Haiti as a whole, click here and donate to the organization of your choice. With over 1,000 Haitians already lost from both contamination and the destructive storm; they need your help now, more than ever.

Cindy Knebel

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Cindy Knebel
Cindy is a former Element 74 Project Manager and contributing author for the Element 74 blog.

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