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