Michele Belletete

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My mother-in-law, Michele, is currently volunteering with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) at Jude Anne Hospital, an obstetric hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Before committing to a nine-month term with MSF, Michele spent much of her spare time and money organizing medical brigades to Haiti. Several times a year, she led groups of volunteers to work at clinics around the country. Prior to leaving on a trip, Michele coordinated the efforts of many people; together her home-support team sewed cloth diapers, collected and sorted medical supplies and created sewing kits for the women and children of Haiti.

Mary Jo and Peter Dawe

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My globe-trotting parents just returned from a five-week trip to Nicaragua where they learned a lot of Spanish quickly, and read bedtime stories to little boys at Casa Santiago, an orphanage run by Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH). Retired less than a year, they’ve been quick to fill their time with new hobbies, fundraising for NPH and travels.

TJ Dawe

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My writer, actor, director, guitar and banjo playin’ brother.

Jeremy Carlson

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A groovy friend and slick graphic designer, illustrator and web designer. Jeremy taught me the basics of html and css several years ago, making kneek.com and tjdawe.com possible. I owe it all to you J.

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

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How do you describe in a few words an organization that has touched so many lives? I volunteered at the NPH home in Haiti for eighteen months (’96-’98); worked for Friends of the Orphans, a northwest nonprofit that supports them, for two years (’98-’00); and have worked as their webmaster for the last seven years. The work I do for NPH will never be my bread and butter, but it feeds my soul. It is also thanks to NPH that I met my partner in life, Lance.

3 Responses to “People Inspire”


  1. 1 Jeremy Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Aw, shucks!

    You’ve taken this a lot further than our neglected blog. This is awesome!! I really liked your bit on the freezer paper stencils – we’re going to have to try that. Site is looking good.

  2. 2 ellen kelley Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 9:58 am

    I just clicked on this part of your site, and what an inspiration your circle of loved ones are…including you. Aren’t people amazing, generous, and caring when we take the time to really look at their lives. I need to closely examine mine as I think I have been far too selfish with my time since retiring.
    Thank you, I really enjoyed reading about you and your family.

  3. 3 Mariana Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Well, felting brought me here but now I discover a whole new world! Im latinamerican, Argentinian, now living in The NEtherlands where I came following my heart. My husband is dutch.
    I, unfortunately, didnt know about NHP before. I find it inspiring and frankly overwhelming… I have tears in my eyes. Lately, I had lost a bit of faith on the human kind, but I see that there is indeed people that are busy trying to make this world, a better place. Not defeated yet.
    Im going to learn a bit more about NHP and see about contacting their chapter here, in The Netherlands.
    And Im sure I will be comng back here for some felting projects and food for the soul!


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