From: Philadelphia, PA, USA
To: Darbonne, Haiti
Dates: October 2011
About the project:
Hi Everyone, I realize it has been a while since some of you have heard from me about my plan to bring hoops to kids in Haiti this November. The project is coming along really well! On October 9th, I completed the hoops that I will bring to Haiti with help from children at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (see photo attached). The kids were very focused on the task and were able to complete about 15 of the 18 hoops I will bring…and I think they had fun, too.
Overall, this process has been a learning experience for me in organizing and teaching. I have been surprised and grateful at how responsive everyone has been in giving time and money to this effort for something that is not “essential,” especially during a tough economic time when I know everyone is stretched. I would like to think that just goes to show how important play and having fun is to our health.
Also, I am excited to say that I have raised the funds needed for my trip and supplies. This would not have been possible without your help. Thank you for your support of this project! In addition to donations from family and friends, I received grants from World Hoop Day and the International Outreach Granting Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends. I am glad to report that USPlastic Corporation offered me a 25% discount on supplies, too, which helped keep costs down for the tubing and connectors.
Julian and I will be leaving Philadelphia for Haiti on World Hoop Day, 11/11/11 with our friends Ashley and Tom Hettler. We are in the process of planning some events with our friend and host, Gerald Lumarque, to give away the hoops and provide some lessons for those who want them. I look forward to reporting more when we return in late November!
I will be traveling from Philadelphia to Haiti for World Hoop Day this year to deliver hoops to kids in Darbonne. I first visited Darbonne one year ago with my fiancé, Julian, as part of some fundraising we do for schools there. I brought a travel hoop with me and the kids loved it! I left the hoop behind with the family we stayed with and resolved to bring more the following year! Hooping has definitely improved my spiritual health, so for me, bringing the love and joy of hooping is a type of ministry. My hope is to host a hoop making session at my Quaker meeting in Philadelphia so that children here can make their own hoops and contribute to the hoops I will bring to Haiti. I am excited to report that I have raised almost all the funds needed for my trip and supplies. This has been possible through donations from friends as well as grants from World Hoop Day and the International Outreach Granting Group of my Quaker meeting. Additionally, I am glad to report that USPlastic corporation offered me a 25% discount on supplies, which has helped keep costs down. I look forward to reporting more in November!
Below are two photos—one taken of me with friends at a Quaker retreat this past winter (photo credit: Mike Goren) and another of my friend Wenson hooping in Haiti on my last visit there in November 2010 (photo credit: Nick Schummer).