Children's Hope Solidarity Team at MABE Orphanage -- Gressier, Haiti

Children's Hope Solidarity Team at MABE Orphanage -- Gressier, Haiti

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Haitian Activist to Speak at Sac State Tonight!

Campus Progressive Alliance


Pirates of the Caribbean:
Haiti's Path From Underdevelopment to
Catastrophe & What We Can Do to Help

With Haitian Activist
Orel (Maco) Lisius

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Amador Hall 150
Sacramento State University


Info: Prof. Paul Burke, or 916-248-3970

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Haiti Journal #3 July 2013 "Check-In Time with Children's Hope"

Haiti Journal #3 July 2013
“Check-in Time With Children’s Hope”

Check-in time: best time of the day.

I’m not talking about airport check-in lines, security line check-points or customs check-in lines, though we had those.
I’m talking about those times during our week in Haiti when we took time to check-in with each other.

What brought you to Haiti? What did you learn?

What one thing would you do to alleviate extreme poverty now that you have a close up perspective?

What about those mosquitoes? 

What about air so thick you can taste it, so full of black diesel and charcoal that it gets stuck in your teeth?

Next time can we stay longer? 

What one thing would you do to alleviate extreme poverty now that you have a close up perspective?

What about those mosquitoes? What about air so thick you can taste it, so full of black diesel and charcoal that it gets stuck in your teeth?

Professor Faulkner, UOP (left) and Professor Burke, Sac State (above) lead the 2013 Children’s Hope team to Haiti on July 23rd. An energetic group of seven students from four universities, including the University of the Pacific, San Francisco State University, California State University at Stanislaus and Sacramento State University spent a week living, serving, playing and learning in the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

They lived in a home for street boys, painted an orphanage, danced to Kompa, carted, inventoried and delivered 18 duffle bags of supplies then helped to administer them in a tent city in Port au Prince, Haiti and to two other clinics. They watched and played soccer, they watched and played Haitian dominoes, they raised enough money to feed an orphanage for a month – then went into the Haitian street markets and lugged the supplies in - they experienced praxis. They had two professors bent on immersing students in the global political economy first hand, liberation sociology style. They swam in the Caribbean, kissed Haitian children, visited Paul Farmer’s Hospital in rural Cange; they learned about tele-medicine and helped a field doctor first hand.

Did it change the world system’s economy?

Well, not just yet.

Did it change the personal economy of one little girl? 
Well, maybe a little.

Did it change the global system of inequality? 
Well, not just yet.
Did it change seven hardworking student team members who worked most of a year earning their own travel expenses, collecting donations and raising their own awareness? They say it did.

Next summer, maybe you can join the team, earn college credit and get launched into a lifetime commitment to service.

Thanks for your continued support, that make these service trips possible.

all ways and always.

More photos and stories soon at:

Prof. Leisa Faulkner, University of the Pacific
Executive Director, Children's Hope
3025 Cambridge Road #A
Cameron Park, CA 95682 USA

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Leisa's Haiti Journal #2, July 2013 -- "Good luck do good and don't let nobody get u down."

"Good luck do good and dont let nobody get u down."

Haiti Journal #2 July 2013
Dear Friends,                                                                        
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to those of you who have already donated for the July 2013 Student Trip To Haiti. It’s not too late! You can donate online: or send me a little note with a pledge to
To fill 18 duffles, we reached out again to our Marshall Hospital’s angels. These women salvage, collect and donate surplus new supplies that not only find their way to Haiti but to Honduras as well. The El Dorado County Health Department donated over 1,000 condoms to Children’s Hope. We also purchased three cases of pharmaceuticals, 37 pair of new leather school shoes (thank you PayLess Shoe source for the huge discount), a variety of sports equipment, a new laptop, and a few clothes and toys. In short, we are stuffing all we can into this trip.
The packing has swamped my dining room - and I keep finding donations I didn't know had come in. Just this morning, when everyone else was still asleep, I set to filling duffle bags. Then, I spotted two small bags with some children's handwriting poking out. A little brown note tucked inside a zip lock bag with four crayons, a pencil, pen, eraser and a glue stick read:
"Good luck do good and dont let nobody get u down."

I poked around the bag and discovered it came from children at the Stockton YMCA. Stockton. I teach in Stockton. I have students who are afraid to do the volunteer work I require at that same Stockton YMCA. Yet, these Stockton kids saved their pennies, bought a gift for some child in a different slum, half way around the world, in Port au Prince, Haiti.

One of the best things about this work is that it tends to put a bigger frame around our own social location. It helps me put into perspective just what it means to be advantaged and just what solidarity means. Thanks for being one of those rare souls who lives in solidarity.

"Good luck do good and dont let nobody get u down."

This little scrawled note reminded me of a story I told I recently at a UN associates meeting.
We found this young man sitting on a bucket just a few days after the 2010 earthquake devastated most of Haiti. He seemed quite peaceful considering his circumstance. He had just lost his entire family, crushed in the quake, along with the family home and business. Basically, all he had left in the world was the bucket he sat on.
Yet, he was calm, even peaceful.
He explained that for those three days following the quake, he had been absorbed with trying to understand how he had come to be so fortunate, why – simply - he had lived when so many of his friends and all his family had died. 
He had finally come to the conclusion that he must have been meant to survive for a purpose. That purpose, he assumed must be to serve those less fortunate than himself.
Less fortunate.
Like those children in Stockton who wish that children in Haiti will have good luck, and that they will strive to do good, but most of all that they don’t let “nobody get u down,” this young man sees himself as fortunate. 
That we all can see how we are fortunate, that we all will continue to do good, and that we will remember not let “nobody get u down,” is my hope for us all.
Thank you for your continued support of the work we try to do with Children’s Hope.
All ways and always,

Prof. Leisa Faulkner, University of the Pacific
Executive Director, Children's Hope

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Leisa's Haiti Journal #1 -- July 2013

“Seven Students Head for Haiti With Children’s Hope”
Dear Friends,

Fans whirl madly as our new puppy busies himself taste-testing each duffle bag. Braving the heat of our donated storage space (thank you kind neighbors) we are crazy with delight knowing we have luggage space for 1800 pounds of medical and school supplies. The July 2013 Children’s Hope team leaves for Haiti in less than two weeks. Which means its time for me to place our prescription drug order, and for me to ask for help reaching that “1800 pound” goal.

Your generosity has been steady and unwavering. When the devastating 2010 quake killed more than 300,000, your generous donations to Children’s Hope literally saved lives.

At that time, the UN added to an already excessive military force with troops from Nepal who unintentionally introduced cholera to the island. Without clean drinking water, the unchecked cholera epidemic continues to kill - more than 8,000 dead and rising. Hopefully, public pressure will motivate the UN to accept responsibility to build a water purification system, but for now, the cholera rages. With your help, Children’s Hope teams have provided constant support to small free clinics in “dangerous red zones” where larger aid organizations won’t go, like into Cité Soleil.

Now, with the packing, I’ve found my mind drifting to the small clinics, schools and orphanages we support. I see the faces and feel the fevered touch of a child’s hand, as if my hand has a memory of its own. Yesterday, while watering deckflowers I used the hose to wash down remnants of our puppy’s failed attempts to make it “to the ivy” in time. I was suspended for a moment, cold clean water bouncing off the deck, as I came face to face with our privilege. I was really using precious, clean, safe drinking water to wash off puppy’s failures. I felt obscene for that moment as I recalled those waiting, hopeful Haitian children.

I know we can’t bring safe, clean drinking water (the best preventative for cholera) to all the children in Haiti, but we can buy a truck-load of water for MABE Orphanage. I know we can’t give every hungry child in Haiti a nutritious meal even once a day, but we can bring children’s vitamins to The Lamp Clinic in Cité Soleil. We can take a team of young, earnest volunteers to visit the rural health clinic and into Port au Prince to hold acutely ill babies at Mother Teresa’s hospital for infants. This we can do. This we have been doing since 2004, but only with your help.

This year, we are out-numbered by seven hardworking student team members who have worked the better part of one year raising their own travel expenses and in-country costs. I am so proud of them. Please don’t let them go in empty handed. Consider making a donation to Children’s Hope (address below) so that we can launch these young adults into a lifetime of commitment to service. Thank you in advance for your continued solidarity.

For your convenience, you may also donate online by hitting the "donate" button at the top of this page.

Your donations are tax deductible. EIN: 20-2863867

All ways and always, Leisa

Children’s Hope
3025A Cambridge Road, Cameron Park, CA 95682

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"Half 4 Haiti" Benefit Run Photos (3/10/13)

With my pit crew (niece Emma and training 
buddy Manny Ramirez) before the race.

At the finish line. Very, very happy to be done.

Trying desperately to create the illusion of 
strength and vitality, shortly before passing out.

Still in shock (but grateful) that they actually 
give out medals for folks who ran as slow as I did.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"HALF 4 HATIT" Benefit Run Update

1st Ever "Half 4 Haiti" Benefit Run Update

Dear Friends,

Boy, that was hard. Really hard. I knew running a half marathon more than ten years (and a few lbs) after my last one was going to be challenging... but it proved to be even more difficult than I anticipated. Nevertheless, I made it. My time certainly did not earn me an honorary membership on the Kenyan Olympic team, but I did manage to cross the finish line under my own power. Then, just when my body was beginning to recover from the run, I got hit with a pretty nasty stomach flu. Needless to say, it's been a tough week and a half.

On the bright side, your generosity made our first ever "HALF 4 HAITI" benefit run well worth the effort, as we were able to generate more than $1,500 in pledges for our Children's Hope solidarity work in Haiti. Our next challenge, of course, is too collect all of the pledge money. Paying your pledge is easy. If you were kind enough to pledge, you can make your donation in two ways:

1) Old School - simply make out a check to "Children's Hope" and mail it to Children's Hope, 3025A Cambridge Rd., Cameron Park, CA  95682;


2) New School -- click on our the "Donate" button on the upper left corner of this page, then follow the directions to complete your donation.

By the way, if you meant to make a pledge but didn't quite get around to it... no worries, you can still donate! Every penny you contribute will go towards our Children's Hope solidarity work in Haiti. A few of our current projects are briefly described below.

Thanks again for your solidarity and generosity, we deeply appreciate it... many hands make the burden lighter.

Paul B

MABE Orphanage, Port au Prince
These are the MABE kids. Many were taken in after the military coup and ensuing political crisis of 2004 left thousands of Haitian children, especially in the poorest neighborhoods, orphaned and on the streets. We've watched these children grow up over the years and they are always in our thoughts and prayers.

The Lamp for Haiti Clinic, Cite Soleil, Haiti
With your support, we also provide medicine and medical supplies to the Lamp for Haiti, an amazing medical clinic providing free care to the children of Cite Soleil, the poorest and most notorious slum in the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

Basketball is very popular in Haiti, but the children who live in Cite Soleil near the Lamp for Haiti clinic have no place to play. Once we raise sufficient funds, we hope to work with the Lamp staff to refurbish this basketball court in the neighborhood, which is currently unusable. Your support can help these children have what every child deserves, a place to play.

The Children of Cite Soleil and members of our Children's Hope Team (Summer 2012)