Top 3: Nathan

"What are the top three things that stood out to you from your trip, Nathan?"

1) I was amazed by the joy that the children had - especially those that were still on the waiting list.

2) I was amazed at the sacrifices of the local leadership to ensure that the children have access to education and food every single day.

3) I was amazed by the beauty of Haiti and the culture that places such a value on artistic expression.

 

Top 3: Morgan

"What are the top three things that stood out to you from your trip, Morgan?"

1) It really hit me when we were told how some parents could not even afford to keep their children; they have to give their children to the orphanages just so they could get food and be given basic necessities. (Which is why I loved the little shop at the House of Hope since the proceeds went to the parents in those situations.)

2) Of course, one of my favorite moments was when a group of little kids were listing off everything they want to do and be when they grow up. They all have such big dreams that included them changing the world in the best way possible. 

3) It really did hit me when we met the kids at the first orphanage and played soccer with them. They were still on the waiting list, meaning they didn't have access to a reliable food supply, and yet they were still smiling and happy and excited to play with us. I just imagine if that was me and I didn't get my three or four meals a day that I'm used to, I would be such a grump, and I definitely wouldn't be smiling or running around playing soccer. 

Top 3: Marisa

"What are the top three things that stood out to you from your trip, Marisa?"

1)  By feeding kids, you aren’t just putting food in their tummies, but investing in their lives, hearts and futures.   

2) The need is totally real, and totally fixable.  Through feed one, these kids are at our fingertips.   

3)  Kids will be kids, wherever you go. 

Top 3: Hydie

"What are the top three things that stood out to you from your trip, Hydie?"

1) The hope that came with each meal. There is a distinct difference between the children that were in the program and the ones that were not.  The children who had a consistent meal did not worry about the future - they had plans, and a means to achieve them. I specifically loved hearing the kids list what they want to be when they grow up (senator, engineer, etc). 

2) The Haitians that we got to meet were all humble heroes to their community. They give everything that they have to reaching the homeless, the orphaned, and the hungry. I loved getting to know their incredible stories. 

3) The sustainability of the program. Eventually, feedONE's goal is to have all the food produced locally by the Haitians. They also employ locals to manage the warehouse. Furthermore, the way the program is set up the children only receive food from their Haitian elders, and not the visitors from other countries. 

Top 3: Ed

"What are the top three things that stood out to you from your trip, Ed?"

1) Haiti is real. When the Earthquake hit Haiti, pictures would appear in the media of the poverty and hunger people in Haiti were experiencing. However, it wasn't until we landed in Haiti and drove through the town where reality sunk in and hit me that this was a real place where real people lived. It was a convicting feeling of what am I doing here and what can I possibly do to even help? 

2) When we visited an orphanage, kids would instantly latch on to you and want to play with you. The kids were just having a blast kicking around the deflated soccer ball with us. However, as we started leaving, the most haunting part was when the kids clung onto and with their big eyes looked at you. "Mwen Grangou" they'd cry out. "I'm hungry". 

3) It was all overwhelming at first. I'm just some college kid with a camera. The question came back again. What can I possibly do to even help? The whole message of the film is FeedOne– Mother Teresa's quote "If you can't feed a hundred, then just feed one". The only thing was, after playing with all those kids, I didn't want to feed just one I wanted them all fed. It's not fair that I get to fly back home with a full stomach and leave these kids hungry every night. So for me, the trip was a wake up call. It reminded me that this film is not about the trip of a college kid going to Haiti– this film is about starting a movement in my country. 

Back From Haiti

Wow, what an incredible experience!

We learned so much, and heard so many stories of hope that we can't wait to share in our film! Here is a brief outline of our time in Haiti:

DAY 1

We arrived in Haiti on Tuesday morning and hit the ground running. We visited the warehouse that stores food that feeds 90,000 kids a day, saw some experimental farm projects, and played soccer with kids in a community that is struggling with water and food supply.   We interacted with the very kids who are ON the waiting list.  

DAY 2

We went to an overlook to see all of Port-Au-Prince and had a powerful time of prayer for the nation of Haiti and the feeding projects.  We met Madame Jeannette at her orphanage where she cares for 73 kids through feedONE.  We learned her incredible story of surviving being kidnapped by hungry kids and out of that situation she opened up her orphanage to feed the hungry children of Haiti.  She often selflessly allows kids off the streets to partake in meals from her own pantry.  We also met Madame Samuel, the principal of a school that feeds 750 kids every week, with close to 300 kids on the waiting list.

DAY 3

On our last day in Haiti, we visited the farming projects that are working to make feedONE in Haiti a sustainable operation that provides jobs and is sourced in the Haitian community.  After visiting the farm we played with a bunch of kids who were at a Bible School Summer Camp, and being fed the food from the Mission of Hope Warehouse!  It was an incredible way to see everything come full circle. 

 

We can't wait to share these stories in more detail with you!  Please be praying continually for the kids on the waiting list, and for the work being done in these communities.  We will be posting more on Facebook and Instagram, click the icons on the bottom of the page to follow the story and learn more about how you can get involved.