Rizco is so incredibly proud of our past intern, Isaiah Drake, who recently returned from a mission trip that he took, along with his church, to The House of Abraham in Haiti. We caught up with Isaiah before he left to offer him some of the remaining supplies that he was collecting for the 14 children who live in The House of Abraham. He promised to tell us all about his trip upon his return. Here is his story:
“I had never experienced poverty like that in my life. It’s hard for me to reflect on the experience because it’s still fresh and a bit overwhelming. I think it will take a couple of months – or even years – for me to really grasp the importance of my time in Haiti and how it has, and will, impact me as a person.
“We spent most of our time at The House of Abraham, a home where 14 children live. These children once had families, but sadly, most of them were used as slave labor to work for their parents. The kids would be the first ones up in the morning and the last ones to go to bed. Since they lived in the mountains, many of them were forced to walk miles to the nearest well or river to bring home water. Because the conditions were so bad, many of the kids ran away from home to wander the streets in hopes to escape the labor. Fortunately, there are people out there who want to take children like these in.
“Fenel and Mimi Bruna search for kids who come from broken homes. They try to locate their parents, so they can legally adopt them and give them a better life. When I first met these kids, I quickly learned that they are amazing. They are hard workers who love to learn, play music, and dribble a basketball.
“I was able to have a good conversation with most of them in English, which was so incredibly cool to see! But most importantly, they are being raised to be the future Christian leaders of Haiti. Fenel and Mimi educate them so that they can one day be the doctors, nurses, engineers, and architects that Haiti needs for its people. Fenel strongly believes that just one person can make a monumental impact in his or her community, and I am convinced that he is right because Fenel and Mimi are doing just that in their own!
“Widly, Clyphode, Luciana, Roberson, Erlande, Richarson, David, Lucien, Anadine, Tchikovsky, Christella, Saintamene, Vitama, Junior, Fenel, and Mimi were all so grateful for the supplies that they received. Each child got a new pair of jeans, sneakers, a backpack, a stick of deodorant, and a creamy jar of peanut butter. It was exactly what they needed.
“Thank you so much for being a part of the trip. You guys were with me every step of the way because of your supplies. I am so encouraged to have such loving people in my life, and I cannot describe to you what it has meant to me interning at Rizco.”
No Isaiah, the pleasure is all ours!