SAFD Firefighter Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Help Children of Haiti
Posted On: Aug 28, 2015
The Giving Spot. A coffee shop…and yet so much more.
It is difficult to understand what The Giving Spot is without knowing the story behind its genesis. For five years, my wife and I have been traveling to Haiti, immersing ourselves in the eclectic culture.
We have been working with a remarkable woman, Marie Jo Poux, a retired nurse, who runs Foyer Espoir Pour Les Enfants (FEPE) Orphanage. Marie Jo has dedicated her life to rebuilding her country through education, one child at a time. The idea of FEPE (which means A Home of Hope for the Children) is to raise children to be better citizens of tomorrow by loving them, providing them education, health and teaching them what is in the world also.
For the past six years FEPE has been funded fully by donations. Imagine the reality of having no idea how you will feed 60+ children and their caregivers when mealtime is in two short hours. Marie Jo can provide you with countless accounts of how God has provided when there was nothing left to do but trust Him.
Understanding this, we have struggled with how can we help. What can we do to create a sustainable, monthly income for FEPE so that they do not have to continually beg for money and rely on donations?
So was born The Giving Spot...
A coffee shop that will feature 100% Haitian coffee; a place that will share the exceptional coffee experience that we have been enjoying for five years. And more importantly, a place that will assist Marie Jo in her mission to educate, love and teach the children of FEPE by giving 50% of all profits from the business to FEPE. A place that will assist in stimulating growth and prosperity in rural regions of Haiti. A place, that we soon realized, could do so much more…
We soon realized that The Giving Spot could be much more than just a vehicle for change in Haiti. Poverty, slavery and lack of education are pervasive throughout the world and there are many companies leading the fight to help foster change for the better. Our dream is to partner with these companies and help them help others around the globe.