Under the shade of a large mango tree at a compound in Grand Groave, Haiti, 300 children eagerly enjoy a plate of rice and beans provided by Hope Grows, an organization based in Selwyn, Ontario. The children live in poverty and many have been abandoned or orphaned from an early age.
Many show up dressed in torn or well-worn rags that may be too big or small. They simply don’t have access to new or comfortable clothes.
Thanks to coordinated efforts by the team at the Tyndale Campus Store, five large bags full of sweatshirts, t-shirts and other clothing items were donated to Hope Grows last month. Once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the items will be shipped to the compound to provide new clothing options for the children and staff who care for them.
“The founders of the organization are greatly appreciative for this donation,” says Todd Wadsworth, Campus and Conference Services Associate, Tyndale. “Some children are denied schooling because of improper attire, so a new outfit and a good pair of shoes is an easy way to give them hope and joy.”