Every once in awhile my boys ask to take over the blog...
Hay! We are having a read-athon at school. It starts Friday, February 18-25. All the money goes to a organization named Teach Haiti. Teach Haiti is a organization founded by Miss Miquette Denie. She helps kids who are poor in Haiti go to school so the kids can learn new stuff. It costs 350 dollars U.S. for a kid to go to school for a whole year. We don't know what it would be like if we couldn't go to school. So even if we read a million minutes it will be worth it for other kids to get to go to school. The way you can help is by donating money to sponcer us. The ways you can do it is you can donate a certin amount of money for every 15 min. or just flat out. We hope this year we will make the most money for the readathon.
The Hendrick Boys
Aaron and I met Miquette last May. Her story is incredible. She was raised in Haiti. Her parents worked hard to provide her with an education. There is no such thing as free education in Haiti. Forty percent of this country is illiterate. Parents work hard to send their kids to school, but most children can't go or end up going to school off and on as money is available. It's very normal to meet kids who are 15 years old and in fourth grade. Kills me.
Miquette was offered an opportunity to go to the United States on a rotary scholarship when she was in eleventh grade. She finished school in the States and went on to nursing school. She came back to Haiti to offer Haitian kids the same opportunities she was graciously given. An education.
We are incredibly proud of the work she is doing. $350 pays for a child's tuition to school for the year, plus meals during the day, school supplies, and vaccinations.
One of my favorite moments with Miquette was sitting and listening to her heart. With tears running down her face (and down ours) she told us about her dream for kids to go to school...to learn to read. She said something like this..."Maybe they won't all end up going to fancy colleges, or becoming doctors, but if they can simply read well...then they can read the Bible. My parents can't read. They don't have the privilege of picking up God's Word and reading it for themselves. They need me to read it to them. I want these kids to have an education and be able to read and think for themselves. I want them to read the Bible on their own."
The school our kids attend is having a read-a-thon, and like the boys said...all the money goes to Teach Haiti so more kids can go to school next year. The theme of the read-a-thon is "Book it to Space."
Teach Haiti is a grassroots organization. No overhead. Miquette lives on campus with us and works part time for QCS as the school nurse. She lives in a tiny apartment and drives a beat up little truck. The kids benefit 100% from Teach Haiti. No one else gets the money. Miquette is hands down the hardest working person I've ever met. We all tease her and tell her that watching her live her life...pour her whole self into educating Haiti's kids makes us tired. She is relentless!
If you'd like to sponsor our kids during the read-a-thon, it's easy. After the readathon is over you can pay through our secure pay pal site and we will give the money directly to Teach Haiti. For now, you can simply leave a comment in the comment section letting us know the following information:
1. What kid(s) you are sponsoring (Anson is in fifth grade, Hayden in third grade, Ashton in first grade)
2. If you are giving a flat rate (can be as small as $1 or $5, or you could go nuts and sponsor a child to go to school next year for $350) or if you are sponsoring one of the kids a certain amount of money per 15 minutes read.
I want to sponsor all three boys for a flat rate of $5 each.
I want to sponsor Anson $1 for every 15 minutes he reads.
I want to sponsor Hayden $350 flat rate and send a kid to school next year.
Read-a-thon ends February 25.
The boys are excited. They have their stacks of books ready to go. Is there anything cuter than a boy with a book?