Earlier this month, Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal presented their 12th annual awards gala, Unforgettable. Historically, this event recognized the success of the Korean American community, but in honor of Audrey Magazine’s 10th anniversary, Unforgettable expanded to celebrate the achievements of the entire Pan-Asian community. Not only did we get to take part in this extravagant event, we presented Janet Yang with the very first Audrey Woman of Influence Award.
Aside from the awards, show-stopping performances and incredible food, Unforgettable stood out this year because of the event’s amazing charity partner, Good Neighbors.
Good Neighbors pride themselves in being an international humanitarian organization focusing on child education, community development, health, and disaster relief projects in 30 countries worldwide.
Needless to say, this organization has been doing an incredible amount of work over the years. For example, Good Neighbors has been aiding Haiti since the destructive earthquake in 2010. But now they need your help:
We’ve come a long way in four years.
This Sunday, January 12th, marks the fourth anniversary of Haiti’s catastrophic 7.0 earthquake in 2010. Right after the quake hit, Good Neighbors arrived with an emergency relief team to provide food, water, tents, and medical support to thousands–and ended up staying. Since then, we’ve established an official field office in Port-au-Prince to identify the most urgent projects and focus on community development. In four years, we’ve built 31 new homes for displaced families and two new primary schools for children in Wharf Jeremie, one of the most dangerous slums in the region. The homes currently house 50 families and the schools support 615 children and 27 teachers.
As a new year begins in 2014, we’re centering our attention on the rural village of Oranger, where 300 kids in the community still have no access to an education. The few that do attend school study in makeshift rooms made out of cut cloth and wooden sticks, with no real tables and chairs, and no textbooks. Our goal is to raise $18,000 to build new schools and cover these children’s tuition, supplies, and lunchtime meals. We believe that giving Haiti a fresh starts begins with giving every child an education.
Nelson Mandela said that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Every child has the right to a basic education and Project Promise300 will help us provide this to 300 children in the village of Oranger, Haiti.
In April 2011, Good Neighbors completed two schools in Cite Soleil and Wharf Jeremie, two destitute areas in Port-au-Prince where the majority of the population is illiterate and live in extreme poverty. These schools have since provided children ages 4-18 with primary school education, nutritious lunchtime meals, school supplies and uniforms.
Our plan is to expand these educational opportunities into the village of Oranger, where there are no schools built yet and only a few dozen children currently attend class in makeshift classrooms made from wooden sticks and cut cloth. By supporting Project Promise300, you’ll help us build new schools, provide school supplies, uniforms and meals, and hire teachers and principals. Help us enroll 300 children who are waiting to start their education, so they can create the future that Haiti deserves.