There are so many things I want to blog about ….it is either feast or famine on this thing.
I went to the Dominican Republic last week. I know I had just listed this on my birthday goals that it was a 2014 goal….. But opportunity knocked and I took it.
I reached out to a couple in their young 60’s online back in June, 2013. We are both engaging in humanitarian work and grassroot projects in 3rd world countries.
We had talked about coming down and visiting what they were doing and how we could work together.
I decided to take a risk and do it, and so Elizabeth and I headed out last week and the experience was amazing.
Long story short- Many personal miracles were seen in my own life and now I am going to take a group there that may be an annual thing.
Let’s answer some questions that have come my way lately?
Why are you going to all of these countries?
When I was a young graduate student in geography emphasizing travel and tourism , I would often fantasize of combining my travel and group skills with our families passion to serve others in the world. Early 2000, we established a small, non-profit Color My World, that focuses on disaster relief around the world, sustainable development projects and humanitarian trips to third world countries.
Currently, we have been working in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Our non-profit has shipped through our local storehouse tens of thousands of dollars of hygiene kits. Last year alone, our family personally delivered over $30,000 in hygiene kits and relief items to our neighbors in New Jersey and Long Island impacted by Hurricane Sandy collected from around the nation via a social media campaign.
We now take groups of students and families with us to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
Last year, we built a small kitchen at a local elementary school in Jiquillio, Nicaragua and fed the poor in garbage dump communities. We have been educating locals who cook over wood burning fires in huts on solar cooking methods, while providing a portable solar cooker for them to use. We distribute hygiene kits and teach hygiene methods and good habits to our communities. We have implemented community gardens and cleaned up beaches. In 2014, we will continue this same work with several groups of people from all over the country joining us in all three countries.
In the Dominican Republic, we are working on building a library for the poorest of the poor in an outlying rural area of Puerto Plata where education is scarce and will continue to implement solar cooking and additional sustainable development projects.
I feel like I am living my dream…..
2. Have you seen many miracles?
Actually, yes I have…infact I always say….”This is God’s work!” And when you are engaged in doing his work…you naturally see miracles!
I saw about three in row in my own personal life this weekend to personal to share on the blog. But let’s just say, God puts people in your life for a reason and they just appear in your path and you can either swipe them aside or utilize them and build a mutual relationship.
I am recognizing more and more every day that it is the small and simple things we do that make the difference.
3. Because we are doing humanitarian work….I often hear the comment….”You are amazing!” on social media.
I want to address that for posterity.
I really hate that because it actually has little to do with us and more to do with the people who participate in our programs and everything to do with God. If it wasn’t us it would be someone else… Plain and simple. I have learned how insignificant we really are in the process, but yet how significant we can be in the process if we let go of some of the control and choose to be guided and directed. Comprehendo?
Ok enough said today….more to come