Months ago, Gail Megaloudis Rongen – Chairman of the Board of the Nicole Megaloudis Foundation – and I decided to combine our energies and support a group of young men in Cité Soleil, Haiti who train 100 young boxers. One of their many visions was a kitchen to feed their proteges four times each week after their training sessions.
This is a project conceived by Haitians for the benefit of Haitians. Our team in Haiti rents the space, furnishes it with equipment and utensils they purchase locally. They purchase the food from local vendors, and as you can see, they staff the kitchen with local women pleased to be a part of the project. This is people helping people to help themselves. Every penny we collect goes to Haiti for the benefit of Haiti.
These pictures will speak louder than my words. They are not the sharpest pictures, but they tell a beautiful story of five young men committed to making the world a better place to be. Our friend Jaru commented on one picture, “Sorry, Boss. We don’t have bench for the children’s sit down.” I don’t think it matters. I believe that the young people who shared this first meal from the Guepard kitchen yesterday enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere of togetherness as much – probably more – than most people who sat down to dinner in even the finest restaurants in the world. My friends in Haiti – Jaru, Justin, Benoit, Jean, and Jackson – humble me. I learn much from them.
Gail and I are joined by a handful of other people committed to making the world a better place to be. Please contact me if you would like to help us support this project. If we can do it here, we can do it anywhere.