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OGT Staff Members Travel to Haiti to Help Those in Need

Traveling to see where Orphan Grain Train containers are shipped and provide hand-on relief aid was the joy of six Orphan Grain Train staff and associates earlier this month. Grant Schmidt, Vice President, Karen Mangels, International Shipping Director, and her husband John, Doug Sunderman, Board of Directors member, Jim Schmersal of Lincoln, and Watson Marin of Omaha spent 6 days in Haiti. Partnering with Kids Around the World, Orphan Grain Train shipped a playground in early August. With the blessing of the Mayor of Thomassique, Haiti this playground was assembled by the team, and dedicated in a city wide celebration with over 1000 in attendance. The smiles on the faces of the children playing in this community where no swings, see-saw, or slides ever existed will stay in the hearts and minds of this group forever. The reality of the poor and needy in Haiti was overwhelming everywhere. Their requests are the basics, water, food, latrines, and schools for their children. Hundreds of children attend schools in simple facilities with food cooked over outdoor fires for the child’s only meal of the day. Despite the conditions the children are dressed in uniforms, respectful, and eager to learn. Thomassique is located in the mountainous east central part of Haiti close to the Dominican border. A four hour drive from Port au Prince over dirt roads passable only with 4 wheeled vehicles the people of Thomassique welcomed their guests from OGT. Friends were made, relationships built, and memories last.

 

Categories: International Aid

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