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Haiti 2017 Page 1


HAITI2017

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HAITI2017

Lights for Haiti
AND HELP FROM
American Airlines CARGO

Most of us do not have the opportunity to walk alongside the lives of people living in overwhelming poverty. However, for twenty volunteers who participated in a Watts of Love global trip to Haiti in January, these lives became intertwined, dramatically impacting both volunteers and local residents.

The trip to Haiti, Watts of Love’s second visit to the nation, focused on the rural communities of Thomonde, Mirebalais, and Hinche in the Central Plateau region. These areas are untouched by electricity and modern convenience. Team members also revisited individuals who received Watts of Love lights during a previous 2016 trip to measure the impact of the lights.

Working in close partnership with Fonkoze, a microfinance organization that identifies and supports the ultra-poor (defined as receiving protein fewer than three times per week), Watts of Love reached a community of women in Mirebalais. These women have been working to build sustainable housing for their families. According to the International Women’s Development Agency, women reinvest 90% of their earnings back into their families.

With the extra help from Watts of Love lighting provided during an earlier trip, these women have made incredible strides. Houses have been constructed more quickly and safely because of the gift of light. Nearly 400 additional lights were provided to these hardworking women during this trip, allowing them to continue building on this progress.