Going to Haiti

An opportunity has presented itself to go to Haiti for a few weeks to work with Emmanuel International.  I am going alongside of my friend Chris Lewis who has been working closely with them over the last few years.  We’ll be working with different food distribution centers making sure everything is relegated properly and the food is getting into the right hands.  It’s important that food distribution gets done properly because it is a very fragile system that can very quickly be taken advantage of by the wrong people especially during chaotic times like these.  A lot of details are up in the air, but from what I know so far is that we will be helping with the administration and deployment of their entire system of food distribution to thousands of people who are in reach of Emmanuel International who has been in Haiti for twenty-five years already.

This is an opportunity that I had to jump at it when it arrived.  When disasters hit across the world, I normally feel helpless and get over-fed with information on status updates, and then within a few months it’s completely off the radar.  I never thought I would have an opportunity to actually use my gifts in a situation like these, but since the opportunity arose, there was no way I could say no.  This is the kind of justice that I talk about all the time but very rarely have a chance to enact so directly.  So my business will be shutting down over the next three weeks, with Ron taking the extra load and support while I’m gone; the new printer will be sitting unused and I’m jumping on a plane on Wednesday to serve in whatever way I can be used.

One of the first things that needs to get done when we get there is to get a clinic up and running and getting supplies shipped to it.  Once that is set, the plan is for Rachel to join me in about a weeks time.  Please pray that all goes as planned to accomplish this.  Having Rachel in Haiti doing what she does best will be great for the clinic and for her.  Rachel is an excellent caregiver and is the only nurse I know that would be willing to put her schooling and everything she’s working toward here on hold and even at risk so she can be there with people who are hurting.  We will also be working with some mechanics to try and get the vehicles working so that supplies can move around more easily to the clinic and the distribution centers.

Right now, this is all I know about the trip.  We fly out of Toronto early on Wednesday morning.  I don’t know if I’ll have any web access at all while I’m there, but if I do I will do my best to give updates with stories and keep people posted with what’s going on.  A lot of people have been extremely supportive already with me going and have been asking how they can give and help.  Since we are going with Emmanuel, and they are an approved organization with the Canadian government for Haiti relief, the Canadian government is matching dollar for dollar for all donations.  So if you can give, please do through here through Canada Helps to Emmanuel International.  All help will go directly to the work we are doing in Haiti while we are there and the projects we will be part of.  Please make sure you select the option for Haiti earthquake relief.

Thanks everyone again for your awesome support and encouragement.

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11 Comments

  • I too want to go volunteer over in Haiti. How can I make this happen? Please get back to me ASAP.

  • Stacey the best way to do this is to get in contact with a organization that is already there. I’m sure you can find some organization online that can set you up, unfortunately I can’t be of much help to that.

  • Well, when you’re over there and if you run into any other orgs. that help out with abandoned animals or orphanages, let me know. That is where I would be best suited to help out. Good luck to you. I really feel like I should be there right now.

  • That is awesome! We can all talk about how necessary it is to actually live as if compassion mattered…but do we?

    No matter how much you do, how big an impact you make, or how big a sacrifice it is for you to go, touching people with the God kind of love is the most important thing you can ever do.

    Godspeed.

  • Nathan!
    Chris told me this yesterday! I ment to send you a message sooner. I am SO excited for you. I think you all (Chris and Rachel) are going to be amazing and I am so looking forward to hearing all that you experience over there. What an amazing opportunity. I’ll be praying and thinking about you all. Anything I can do, let me know.

  • PS. Chris told me that if you put Rachel and Nathan Colquhoun in the message area that designates the funds to support you while you are there (ie. food, etc)
    We’ll be praying for you from Sarnia. We love you!

  • Nate, we’ve been supporting EI and I’m glad to hear you’re going with them! Seems like they’re a solid organization w long-term (past & future) presence in Haiti! We’ll be praying for you guys!

  • Hey Nathan,
    Wow!! So glad you have this opportunity. Team Siebert will be praying for you and for Rachel…Look forward to hearing about this adventure upon your return.

    Blessings.
    Kath

  • If you are going to Haiti just to get more web traffic to your site, you’re a sick puppy.

  • Wow Nathan and Rachel: Way to go. I’m really proud of you and what you are accomplishing and I’d like to read first hand about what your jobs entail once you hit the ground in Haiti.

    Take care of yourselves down there. You’re young but not invincible – and good luck with it all.

    Cathy

  • Wow. Sounds amazing. I am happy you have been given this opportunity and I’m excited to see yours and Rachel’s gifts used in a place that needs them so much. You’ll be in my prayers friend.

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