When Chad Jewett heard about friends in Austin, Texas, who had hosted a garage sale to raise money for orphans in Haiti, he thought it would be the perfect way to do some global good locally in Castle Rock.
So he went about bringing Help One …
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So he went about bringing Help One Now's Garage Sale for Orphans to the Front Range.
“It's the perfect way to get something done locally with a global impact,” Event Coordinator Jewett said.
Help One Now, which is the organization that helps facility the garage sales, describes itself as a tribe committed to caring for orphans and vulnerable children by empowering and resourcing high-capacity local leaders in order to transform communities and break the cycle of extreme poverty.
As one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, with 77 percent of its 10 million people living below the poverty line, Haiti struggles to take care of its most vulnerable population.
According to Help One, in 2008, there was an estimated 440,000 true orphans , those without both parents, in the country of Haiti.
After the devastating earthquake of 2010, estimates exceeded 500,000.
At risk children are vulnerable to sex trafficking and child labor both in Haiti and across the border in the Dominican Republic. The 2013 Trafficking In Persons Report states that there are an estimated 150,000 - 500,000 Haitian children living in domestic servitude, subject to forced labor, beatings, sexual assault and other abuses.
Churches, service organizations and members of the community will provide goods that will be sold at the garage sale Saturday May 31 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Douglas County High School.
“100 percent of the proceeds will go to help with projects in the port of price Haiti,” he said.
Jewett said the goal of the event is to raise $5,000.
“It's a way for us to get rid of our excesses and provide for children in third world country,” he said. “It's a pretty simple way to do good.”
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