Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched in Port-au-Prince Sunday to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse. (Edris Fortune/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
In light of the current crisis in Haiti, I was asked why we didn’t just let go of the business-side of HUGG and function like a traditional non-profit. We could stop the hemorrhaging of problems brought on by trying to run production in a very unstable country. We could highlight our Teens in Transition programming, the heart behind our work, and raise funds to ensure their success. Afterall, we would still be equipping and empowering young orphaned men so that they can break the cycle of orphanhood.
Surprisingly enough, the question didn’t offend me like it would have in the past and unlike the past, I didn’t have a quick retort.
I needed a few days to pray and think, cry and feel, and simply take the time that I never take because this train ain’t got time for pit stops.
I knew I needed to answer the question with the utmost wisdom and discernment.
I want to share with you, HUGG supporter, the three reasons why I refuse to drop the business-side and insist on finding a version of our model that works.
Please read them and then take a moment to answer the question that I pose at the end.
“All my life people have seen the palm of my hands and for the first time, people get to see the back of my hands, too.”
Marcial working on macrame bracelets at HUGG’s first workshop