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About Alan Brent Carruth

I have a degree in journalism and photography from California State University, Northridge. I was editor of the college newspaper, which won an All-American award. Third, I was a professional journalist with United Press International (wire service) and KABC radio and television. Fourth, for a decade, I was the editor and publisher of American Justice Magazine, which disseminated more than 2 million copies of the publication to inmates at California jails and prisons. I am retired. I have just now commenced volunteering. I have edited a proposal for Pakistan education, and written two letters for AAE-Africa.

Cyclone Isaac Makes Those Of Us At Home Remember Those Volunteering In Haiti

 Faith.  How much do you risk on “faith” for the benefit of another?

 HavServe volunteers are all unpaid. The workers give countless hours to bettering the lives of families in the smallvillageofLebrun,Haiti.

 As this blog is being written, many HavServe volunteers have traveled to the smallCaribbeanisland in the face of a cyclone.  Carline Brice, our fearless leader, works tirelessly with the faith that the efforts brought forth by volunteers will improve the education of the children and the lives of all villagers.  Her faith and efforts are without question.

The dictionary defines faith: 

  • Confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
  • Belief that is not based on proof:  He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
  • Belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
  • Belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
  • A system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Mormon faith; the Jewish faith. 

As this blog is written, deaths have been reported from Tropical Storm Isaac, which passed overHaiti.  Members of the HavServe team remaining safe at home in theUnited Stateshave been sending exchanging emails, praying for the well-being of Carline and others in Lebrun.

Wherever Carline Brice is huddled as the storm brought flooding rains to the island (which was pummeled by earthquakes in 2010), she has “faith” that a multi-million dollar education center will find funding.  She believes with unquestioning heart and “confidence and trust” that the HavServe team will “find the money.”

HavServe’s mission is far greater than the faith of one talented leader.  It is the faith of and collective strength of an army of people, around the globe.    

There is Kristin Derry fromCanada, who has traveled to Lebrun.  She is responsible of instructing teachers.  Kristin has volunteered to leave comfort and security behind for the unknown.  She will embrace a group of Haitian teachers for the next 6 months.

Without the services of educators such as Kristen Derry, there would be little hope that education in the small village could be pushed forward.  Nevertheless, with Kristin’s faith, the probability of success is outstanding.  Her 6 months of service will pay dividends for students for decades.

Then there is architect Gavan Lee ofIreland.  No pay. No award. Just a strong belief in humanity. Gavan has completed the initial design of the new education center.  He and engineer Christopher Wright will oversee the construction of the building.  All the effort is based upon the faith that the new center, together with trained teachers, shall benefit villagers.

Attempting to point out all the individuals, who volunteer their time and money for people, who there have never met, is impossible.  What is a fact? HavServe and the volunteers take daily steps in faith for a better life for villagers who face earthquakes, cyclones and poverty every day.    

By the time readers devour this blog, cyclone Issac is history.  We, the collective volunteers, have faith that Carline and the village are safe.  Furthermore, we pledge support to the meritorious goals, including the education center.

In the days and weeks to come, HavServe will post floor plans and architectural renderings of the proposed center.  Staffers will prepare budgets, including furniture and school supplies.    

Then the hard work of acquiring the funding:  the faith of a donor who understands the benefits of a center–which shall become the foundation for a village’s future.

It’s Hot! Chip In for A Cool Water Bottle – Help A Haitian Child!

Can Something As Simple As A Drinking Bottle Save the Life of a Child? Indubitably – YES!
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”

These are the words of E.E. Hale, who enrolled at Harvard University at the age of 13.  Hale was an American author and historian.  More importantly, he fought for the little guy, for children and to improve intolerable situations and had the chance to reach his full potentials as a student, an opportunity not existent for most children in Haiti.To provide such opportunity and hope, HavServe volunteers have joined forces with Peter Hall, Hope2o CEO, in a focused attempt to support the most vulnerable in Haiti by provide long-term clean water solutions to the children in the village of Lebrun, Haiti.  Jointly, they are inviting you to get a cool, decorative 22-ounce stainless steel water canteen. The goal is for you to get a bottle so that a child in need can receive a similar canteen. By doing so, you will help eliminating the use of plastic water bottles. This will reduce serious health and environmental issues caused by the plastic containers currently polluting the small village.

The canteen makes a superior gift for any occasion.  Treat yourself today to one of the amazingly decorated jugs with a daily inspirational message.  With every purchase, $7.00 will go to a project for the children in Lebrun, and, additionally, a container will be provided to a Haitian child.

In America, having a sanitary container is nothing.  In Haiti, having one of those canteens for safe drinking water could mean the difference between dying of cholera or other diseases.

Inevitably, HavServe asks for donations to sustain educational programs for the children of Lebrun, Haiti.  Every cent is spent on the families of the small, hillside community.  Every activity of HavServe is by unpaid volunteers.  Here, however, is an opportunity for you to join our team of change-makers by purchasing a unique item – a standout gift.  No donation necessary.  The purchaser is the winner, because the water canteens are truly special and can be used by everyone in your family and friends.

The National Geographic reports “All the water that will ever be, is right now.”  Water is so precious to life that in some places a gallon of water costs more than a gallon of gasoline.

All of us share life’s challenges, but some are reaching for the stars.   Winston Churchill said, “the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, duty, honor, mercy and hope.”

Providing a clean, reusable, stainless steel water canteen for every child in Lebrun is simple.  Simply, purchase a colorful gift for yourself or a member of your network.  A child in Lebrun will receive a container, and $7.00 will be donated for textbooks or supplies when the child returns to school.  As Winston Churchill said, “Simple.”

Here is another “Simple” ways we would like to make a difference: 7,000 water bottles and we will get enough donations to provide a safe soccer field in Haiti for 250 children.  10 water bottles purchased would sponsor a primary school teacher.  As few as 3 containers sold would provide enough funds for a soccer uniform for a child.  And still 3 water bottles would provide school supplies for a child in need for an entire year.

For the past few years, you and I are reading in the daily news about the cholera outbreak. Thousands of deaths in Haiti are caused by unsafe water and under hygienic living conditions, every week.  Children under five are more at risk. Would you chip in  into  a “Simple” solution now to help two great causes?

The Illiterate Is the New Slavery in Haiti Give A Child School Supplies While Shopping

“Angel” Companies Make Donating Free

The Illiterate Is the New Slavery in Haiti

Haiti is poor. Arguably, it is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most lacking in the world.  Things were dreadful before the devastating earthquake felled any glimmer of hope.

Approximately, 50 percent of the inhabitants are not literate.  That means that at least half of the people are destined for intellectual slavery, locked in low-paying jobs – even if they can find work.

“As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free,” said Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967.  “Psychological freedom, a firm sense of self-esteem, is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery.”

The Haiti Constitution guarantees education.  That assurance, however, is hollow.  Currently, France, Canadaa and the United States, or church-run schools educate 90 percent of the students.  I have boldfaced, italicized and underlined the word educate; the reality is that the education supplied is pitiful.

There is a lack of everything – teachers, schools and supplies.  A third of the children do not attend even primary education.  The president of Haiti, following the earthquake of 2010, gave the Inter-American Development Bank the authority to work with the Education Ministry in the National Commission.  They were to establish a five-year plan to reform Haiti education.  Nothing effective has happened yet.

At present, less than 40 percent of the schools are accredited.  Incredibly, only 15 percent of the teachers at the elementary level have basic teaching qualifications – including university degrees.  Unbelievably, a quarter of the teachers have never attended secondary education.

Slavery was a big part of the  of colony of Saint Domingue, which later became Haiti.  More than 500,000 Haitians were enslaved in 1800, but with the creation of Haiti in 1804 that notion of slavery was to be eradicated.

 ”If slavery isn’t wrong, nothing is wrong,” said Abraham Lincoln in 1864.

In 2012, if Abraham Lincoln were to analyze the harm being done to the young in Haiti, he would conclude: failure to provide adequate, free education (with properly trained teachers and adequate schools with textbooks and supplies) creates a lifetime of bondage.”  This is present-day slavery in Haiti.

“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.” Mohandas K. Ghandi, spiritual leader in India, said, “If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”

 The war against poverty and the fight to educate the children of Haiti must be waged on the ground day by day, village by village. The non-profit organization HavServe (havserve.org/education) is helping the fight with its volunteer project to collect and distribute supplies to Haiti and five elementary schools in the small village of Lebrun.

HavServe writes, “The Global Campaign for Education published its 2010 annual report indicating that Haiti has topped the list of the world’s worst places to be a school child. We are focusing on providing the less fortunate children in Haiti the educational resources they need to beat poverty and improve learning.”

The goal is a lofty one.  Save one child at a time, then one village and, finally, the entire country.  Nonetheless, without financial support the good intentions equal annihilation for the HavServe.org/education program.

“Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.  You may have a heart of gold – but so does a hard-boiled egg.”

HavServe has created the opportunity.  There are a variety of ways to donate including purchasing goods from companies which set aside a portion of the sales for the Haiti education program.

I was surprised to find that there are literally a hundred major companies listed on the Good Shop purchase-donation program. Buy from a sponsoring company and dollars will flow to Charity ID 930185.  In the past 60 days prior to this exploration, I personally have purchased goods from sponsoring companies; however, failing to use the Good Shop purchase-opportunity coupons, I deprived the children.  My ignorance cost the little ones in the village of Lebrun, Haiti.

Times are tough everywhere.  I am retired,  living on Social Security and savings.  Therefore, even though I would like to make a large cash donation toHaiti education, practically, that is impossible.

However, as a writer I am always purchasing supplies from Staples, which qualify for a two to five-percent donation.  In our family, we use Sears, Best Buy, Home Depot and Go Daddy regularly.   It costs nothing extra to have good intentions turn into positive results.

The HavServe.org/education program has other possibilities, including outright donations of goods and/or funds.  Nonetheless, for students, retirees or other families fighting the recession, the program of buying from “Angel” companies is a no-brainer.

I feel like a knucklehead who has failed.  I’m embarrassed to realize I could have supported the Haiti education program for months. I have found in writing articles and news stories for nearly 50 years that I gain far more from research than the readers.  I am thankful for the opportunity to target an inexpensive way to help the children inHaiti.

Sometimes, for me, keeping in mind a memorable quote helps to spur action.

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

GoodSearch and GoodShop Today For Charity ID 930185: http://www.goodsearch.com/nonprofit/havserve-volunteer-service-network.aspx

Memo of the Unborn Haitian Child to President Michel J. Martelly The Unborn Haitian Child Memo Series

Date: May 1, 2012

To: The Government of Haiti & all decision makers

From: The Unborn Child from rural Haiti

RE:  Maternal Health of  My Future Mom’s Life

Mr. President,

According to the law of nature, I am going to be born sometime soon to a Haitian woman living in abject poverty in rural Haiti.

Mr. President, I am still unborn, but very deeply concerned about the health of my Mother-To-Be and the decisions she will make in my first months seeing the light of day on earth.

You have advocated change for Haiti, which would allow us—the future generations—to stand on our own two feet.  You said: We plan from the first days of our term to sell a new image of Haiti.

The number-one issue, I would like to address today in my first memo, Mr. President, is the health of my Mom and all the other mothers who will be giving birth to all future citizens of our beloved country, Haiti.

In Haiti, 76% of all deliveries are accomplished by unqualified and untrained persons, contributing to the highest maternal mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere.  Furthermore, 25% of the children suffer from chronic malnutrition, and 15% of newborns have below average birth weight.

According to the World Bank, Goal Number Five of the Millennium Development Goals (reducing maternal mortality) has seen the least progress.  The World Bank says, “Of all the health indicators, maternal mortality reveals the greatest gap between rich and poor women.”

The World Health Organization categorically calls for immediate implementation of a midwife program in Haiti.  It estimates that a trained midwives program would help with prenatal care; handling complications during pregnancy and at delivery; and teaching proper nutrition.  They say the midwives would totally change the horrific statistics that presently are the hallmark of our country.

Additionally, health experts agree that success or failure depends on available treatment during pregnancy, and the ability to transport pregnant women to adequate healthcare facilities during emergencies.

In our country, mostly in the countryside, there is very little help in health clinics for our expecting mothers.  Many of us will be born on dirt floors at home, with no skilled or trained healthcare provider present during delivery.

Certainly, Mr. President, it must have been quite a wake-up call for you, but I suspect you fully appreciate the need for greater medical talent and for hospitals in our country,  since you had to seek urgent care in Miami for a blood clot in your lung.  Most mothers do not have access to adequate hospitals or clinics.  Many of the mothers of unborn children will cross the border into the Dominican Republic to seek hospitalization there, because they understand healthcare in our country is far from adequate.  They don’t want to die – I don’t want to die during my birth – but birth in the Dominican Republic means that we, The Unborn, are not citizens of any country and have been forced to give up our [Haitian] birthright.  In Dominican hospitals, three out of four women treated for delivery-related emergency care are from Haiti.  I think you would agree, Mr. President, that something is terribly wrong with this picture.

You have told our fellow citizens that you are the strength behind reason and change: “In the past, the State has exploited the population.  Civil servants have grown rich.  They have lost the sense of what is public function.  Public function means service to the population.”  These are strong, sincere words – calling for change.

Mothers in Haiti have many misconceptions, which adversely affect us, The Unborn, during our formative years.  Mothers do not feed us eggs because they believe eggs create cavities in teeth; they deprive us of meat because they fear it causes internal parasites; and mothers withhold the feeding of oranges and bananas from our diet because they think it will activate worms.  These are all myths that can easily be dispelled with a little education and infomercial.

When children have diarrhea, mothers stop breast-feeding because they believe they are poisoning us.  Mothers in a child survival program learn that breast milk is one of the best ways to keep us healthy. (Many of our mothers give up breast-feeding because they themselves are so malnourished they no longer produce milk.) Mothers who stop breast-feeding give us only sugar, water and fruit juice.  This causes us to be very malnourished.

During your trip to Miami, Florida, in April 2012 you made a vociferous call for Haitians living overseas – around 2 million in North America alone – to send more than money: We need you to bring your talents back to Haiti.  We need you to bring your skills and expertise back.  The simple fact is that we cannot change our country without your support, you said in Miami while meeting with community leaders. How about appealing to them to do specific, tangible things to help in the area of maternal health? North America has so many of Haitian nurses willing and ready to help you and our country! Reach out to them to help us today Mr. President.

Make no mistake about it – we, The Unborn, do appreciate and applaud your words because if words and actions are combined, our arrival and our future will be surely a bit brighter.  You are correct that we need to enlist support of midwives from beyond our shores to train new midwives in Haiti.  We need to train midwives, build health clinics, and rebuild our hospitals so mothers have the confidence to give birth in their own country.  We need to provide education to pregnant women, so they know about prenatal health care.

In August 2011, our country took a major step toward enlightenment when we opened the 24-hour References Center in Obstetrical Emergencies at Delmas 33 in Port-au-Prince. The hospital specializes in the management of obstetrical emergencies and is increasing the number of hospitals that provide free care 24 hours a day.  One of the major problems for our Moms is transportation from rural communities to healthcare facilities. Very often, the difference between life and death for us and them is a trained person present during childbirth.

The Reference Center Obstetric Emergencies was developed to address the problem of maternal and infant mortality. More women with high-risk pregnancies will be able to deliver safely, according to the words of Sylvain Groulx, head of the MSF mission in Haiti.  However, how many of us will be born in filth, and die shortly afterwards, because there is no similar emergency center within our reach in rural Haiti?

You told the United Nations members: “…and in the case of Haiti, it is because, in fact, an entire people have been firmly convinced that I was elected with a specific mandate to materialize the change.  When, in addition, in some cases, these factors are combined, the non-responses need to be more thoughtful, more responsible, more cooperative, and more determined.

We, The Unborn, are grateful that your own recent medical emergency will help you to realize, and sympathize with, our plight.  You said, speaking about your health challenge: I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t stand. I couldn’t lie down, I couldn’t do anything, my stomach was compressed. It felt as if three people were pressing down on it.”  This anguish is similar to the pain mothers feel as they lie helpless during birth.  You feel their pain. You, Mr. President, have had a unique insight into the anguish experienced by countless mothers in our country at any given time.

You told us that you had a team of six doctors saving your life.  Our mothers don’t have even a poorly trained midwife.  Why not?  When?  It is inexcusable in 2012 that we, The Unborn in Haiti, have to stake our beginning on untrained assistance during birth.  You told Haitian radio: “I didn’t die because God wasn’t ready for me to die.” 

Could it be that God saved your life in order for you to be the architect of change in Haiti, for immediate attention to Goal 5 of the Millennium Development Goals (reduction of maternal mortality), as well as attention to the Haiti Constitution, section H (Health in Haiti)?  You do realize, Mr. President, that government together with civil society is responsible for addressing the issues of  The Unborn.

I am writing in the hope that by the time I am born, the debate in our country will focus on me and my peers, and what life can be.

Thank you for reading my concerns, Mr. President.  I will be writing you on a monthly basis in the hope the ongoing debate in our country will focus on me and the future generations of children of our beloved country, Haiti.

Respectfully Yours,

The Unborn Child of Haiti

Cc:

  1. Ministry of Health of Haiti
  2. American Health Organization
  3. Doctors Without Borders
  4. Mr. Silvain Groulx, Head of Haiti’s MSF Mission
  5. The Millennium Development Goal 5 Monitoring Group (UNDP Staff)
  6. All non-profit organizations involved in maternal health care in my future country

A Call for Volunteering Action for Haiti Contribution: Promoting Volunteerism

The Universal Declaration on Volunteering

Muhammad Ali once stated, “Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.”

The prize fighter might not be known for his insights on the plague of hunger, but his concern demonstrates that poverty is mankind’s fight. The war can only be won by enlisting the masses.

During his days as a pugilist, Ali became the most recognized person in the world. He appreciated the love of fans, but wished that people would give that same love to each other: “I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.”

The world is not a better place yet. Haiti, for example, has rampant poverty and impoverished minds where 50 percent of children do not attend school. Furthermore, 80 percent will not graduate high school.

Eight million people are in poverty. With the populace retreating away from the cities, the crisis of education, housing, and eradicating poverty is heightened. Prior to the great earthquake in 2010, about two-thirds of the population was unemployed. The numbers have grown since the immense tremor.

Statistics is but numbers. Percentages recorded on paper do not tell of the horrific pain a mother feels when the only choice she has is prostitution to feed and send her only daughter to school. Bulletins claiming progress on the hunger of the masses in Haiti do little to comfort a father who has lost his wife, children, home, job and extended families to the earthquake and cholera outbreak.

Volunteers are too few. Dollars are too short. Progress is being made,but too slow.

“Poverty is the worst form of violence,” said Mahatma Gandhi.

The International Association for Volunteer Effort established a Universal Declaration on Volunteering in January 2001. If the declaration were followed by volunteers in sufficient numbers, Haiti would soon be flourishing with educated children. If printing the entirety of the Universal Volunteering Declaration would achieve the goal, print it the size of a billboard.

In part, the Declaration on Volunteering says, “Human values of community, and serving can be sustained and strengthened” through volunteering.

It declares, “Connections can be made across differences that push us apart so that we can live together in healthy, sustainable communities, working together to provide innovative solutions to our shared challenges and to shape our collective destinies.”

For Americans, there is the Declaration of Independence—for Christians, the Bible—for Mormons, the book of Mormon —for Jews, the Torah— and for Muslims, the Koran. For those who believe volunteering changes lives, there is the Universal Declaration on Volunteering.

Nearly 2 billion people claim to be religious, but only a small fraction spend an hour helping another human being. For example, millions of children still have worms infesting their small bodies. A deworming program will invigorate their little lives.

The failure to volunteer screams at those sitting in comfortable chairs. “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” (Confucius)

This blog post is a call to action. The precepts set forth in the Universal Declaration on Volunteering are powerful. If employed, volunteers will eradicate hunger, children universally will be educated, and a global health objective will be achieved. Two years after the devastating Haiti earthquake progress is too slow.

However, a challenge to readers: (1) study the declaration and (2) volunteer one-week of vacation time to empower Haitians with the skills they need to rebuild their country, or (if you consider your time too valuable) a donation of a week’s worth of salary to help someone else volunteer.

If one child has worms crawling in their belly, how can a call to action go unanswered? Worms prevent a child’s crucial first step toward achieving his/her primary education years and improving long-term productivity.

This writer has Parkinson’s disease, insulin-dependent diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, Parkinson’s dementia and a host of other medical malaises. I might hobble with a walker; nevertheless, I herewith personally accept the call to action. I agree to work in Haiti for a week in any capacity, which might save lives and bring comfort. Together with the volunteers who accept the challenge, we can cover the miles to eradicate hunger, foster education, and restore human dignity.

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” (Mother Teresa)

The Universal Declaration on Volunteering states that organizations and communities will “create environments in which volunteers have meaningful work that helps achieve agreed-upon results; provide volunteers with appropriate training and ensure access for all by removing physical, economic, social and cultural barriers to their participation.”

The declaration effectively eliminates excuses. “All volunteers to proclaim their belief in volunteer action as a creative and mediating force that: it builds healthy, sustainable communities that respect the dignity of all people; it empowers people to exercise their rights as human beings, thus, to improve their lives; help solve social, cultural, economic and environmental problems; and, builds a more humane and just society through worldwide cooperation.”

President John F. Kennedy said, “There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.” The task is not easy, but necessary. Too many have talked about the rebirth of Haiti, but too few have given. President Kennedy remarked, “We must seek, above all, a world of peace; a world in which people dwell together in mutual respect and work together in mutual regard.”

Do you wonder what can be accomplished in one week of service with a focus on empowerment through education and training?

One Week teacher’s training will equip Haitian teachers to better serve children in Haiti. HavServe is working on strengthening the village of Lebrun’s education system, while providing teacher’s training and outreach to the community’s out-of-school children. http://www.flickr.com/photos/havserve/sets/72157625892477286

One Week teaching the “6 pillars of Character,” could change the outcome of an entire community. This project is expected to impact more than 2,000 children, their families, teachers, schools and the community as a whole. All will benefit from learning and applying the “Six Pillars of Character”: Respect, responsibility, compassion, equity, trustworthiness, citizenship in the village of Lebrun, Haiti: http://www.flickr.com/photos/havserve/sets/72157627818107532

One week conducting a school supplies drive in your school, university, or community could equip a child to learn. HavServe’s goal is to provide less fortunate children in the five elementary schools in the Village of Lebrun the necessary school supplies they need so that they are equipped to receive what they so desperately need — an education. Give Haitian Children an opportunity to lift themselves from poverty: www.havserve.org/education.

One week teaching soccer skills to over 250 children who are participating in the Haiti Sports for Development (HS4D), HavServe’s Youth Soccer Program (HYSP). Reach out to the sports industry, as well as the organization of large soccer events to help poor children have access to soccer gear, equipment, and safe soccer field. Soccer will provide life skills essential for a productive life in Haiti. http://www.flickr.com/photos/havserve/sets/72157625712466991

One week teaching Basic English: Many of the poorest areas of Haiti are struggling with basic skills such as literacy and numeracy. It is vitally important that children are taught to read, write and speak English  in order to increase their chances of attending further education and obtaining quality future employment: http://www.flickr.com/photos/havserve/sets/72157625892477286

One week teaching square foot Gardens techniques, to develop a small-scale agriculture project to involve families in sustainable farming bringing awareness of their environment and empowering them to know more about healthy and easy production of food for themselves and their family. http://www.flickr.com/photos/havserve/sets/72157627496402433

One week teaching proper hygiene and water treatment to a community could prevent thousands from dying from the cholera outbreak in Haiti!

The name, HavServe, comes from the understanding that if you have, you serve. If you have time, you serve. If you have compassion, you serve. If you have resources, you serve. If you have knowledge, you serve. Thus, HavServe aims to draw upon the skills and talents of those that have, to serve and to help implementing and promoting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through volunteering their time, resources, knowledge, and investing themselves in community-led development globally.

Volunteerism by millions of people is critical in fighting poverty, sickness, and caring for our environment and making our world a better place. Haitians living in Haiti, Haitian living abroad, and International volunteers, the time has come to make the Universal Declaration on volunteering a living instrument and reclaiming lives and human dignity in a country like Haiti.