Sunday, January 17, 2010

21 Day Rice and Beans Challenge for Haiti

Having gone through several major hurricanes, including Elena and Katrina which heavily damaged my home and city, I know the stress involved in not having basic necessities for an extended period of time. Friends, Haiti is rock bottom and everyone is in tremendous need of food, water, shelter, medical care and more. I can't help but think about the children who have lost their parents. Who is taking care of their needs in this moment? What in the world is going to become of them?

A few months ago, a blog friend inspired me by committing to a rice and beans challenge to raise money for orphan adoption around the world. I thought about it for a while, and decided that now is the time for me to act on this inspiration.

Beginning today, January 17th, through Saturday, February 6th, my largest meal of the day will consist of beans and/or rice to raise awareness of poverty around the world. Specifically, I will give 100 percent of donated funds to Compassion International’s Haiti Outreach. Compassion is a sponsorship program that provides basic necessities and more to children and their families all over the world. I have been involved with them off and on since I was a teen, and know that they are the real deal.

Compassion International’s headquarters in Haiti was very affected by the earthquake. All but one staff member are accounted for and being treated for injuries. Please pray that their videographer, David Hames, is found alive...he is still missing as of today.

As rescue and recovery efforts are ongoing, it will be a while before Compassion knows how their sponsored children have been affected. Those who have been accounted for have lost loved ones and need your prayers. Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, and this disaster has heightened the need for basic necessities to say the least. Food, water, shelter, and medical care are urgent. The folks at Compassion International are already established in Haiti, ready to help, all the while facing their own grief, injuries, and losses. Please pray, and give if you can.

If you are interested in sponsoring me in 21 days of rice and beans, my PayPal account is ugottafriend4life@gmail.com. Fifty cents a day is a donation of $10.50. A quarter a day is $5.25. Ten cents a day is $2.10. Anything would be appreciated. Or you can give directly to Compassion International at http://www.compassion.com.

Thank you for your consideration in helping those in desperate need.

Kelli

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