HIS Vision, Inspirational, Missions

In It for the Long Haul

In It for the Long Haul

A Post By Haley

For those of you who don’t know me, I am not really a kid person, especially those I don’t really know and newborns. I like them; they are cute and funny, but I don’t really want to pick them up and cuddle them with their snotty noses and drool. I will never be one to ask a stranger if I can hold their baby or touch their pregnant stomachs – ew.

But, one night everyone was going to the orphanage, I thought, ‘eh- I just worked all day, the last thing I want to do is have a bunch of kids I don’t even know touch me and ask for hugs.’ But everyone was going, so of course, I wasn’t going to be lame, so I went.

When we got there it was just what I expected. Lots of kids and lots of touching. I was overwhelmed as I found myself suddenly surrounded by what seemed like hundreds of children- but turned out to be only about 35.

Little girls tugging on my arms asking what my name was and wanting to show me all their friends; I was thinking, ‘Okay, this is cute, but I’m ready to go.’

Then the kids started singing and I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, am I in Annie right now? How cliché is this. American girl goes to Haiti and gets her pictures with a ton of cute kids. Great, I can check this off my Facebook profile picture bucket list.’

So annoyed that I was actually there experiencing something that so many young girls long for, I politely listened to the kids.

I mean, it was cute.

As I stood there listening, all of a sudden I felt 25 pounds heavier –so confused, I looked to my right and a child had appeared on my hip! I thought, “Wait, how did that kid get up here?” He must have shimmied up onto me like I was a tree, because I know I didn’t pick him up. Comfortably situated on my hip, he said, “BonSawh (goodnight).”

‘Oh no! This kid is on me, touching me, touching my hair, I need to get him off of me,’ was my immediate thought.

Then the kids started singing again, “Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord.” And this kid- oh my goodness, started belting it out as loud as he possibly could.

I couldn’t help but burst out laughing at him, his head bobbing up and down, shouting the words so loudly.

The joy I felt through that child, just being held and enjoying singing together- made me cry happy tears. Hashtag, cliché embarrassing girl moment; hashtag, please don’t judge me for this, I know it’s cliché.

To be honest, I was thinking about how great these kids have it. Living in Haiti, in an orphanage where they are receiving an education, have two meals each day, and a place to sleep; they were so fortunate.

After the singing was finished, we had to go. I tried to tell this kid goodbye. “Ovawah,” I said. He didn’t let go. So I waved, that’s universal in every language, right? He clung on even tighter. So then, being afraid I would be left behind and stampeded by children, I started walking to catch up with the team.

I asked the little boy what his name was; he didn’t know what I said. A little girl came over and told me, “His name is Samuel.” Then she disappeared like a ninja; these kids were everywhere.

So I sat down on the ground and told him “Ovawah Samuel.” I basically pried the child off me and looked at him; he was sad. I was sad and also confused.

I started walking away and turned back to look; he was still standing there, watching me walk, as kids dodged around him running and skipping. Hurrying my walk- I turned around later; he was gone- probably had already forgotten me, playing with his friends.

I left feeling conflicted that night.

First, I actually ‘had a moment’ with a child I didn’t know and couldn’t communicate with. That was weird.

Second, those kids, for being in Haiti, are pretty well off. But is that really well off? How much more could be done to help the other kids who are on the streets?

Third, so many people come down to play with the orphans and leave. Or they come in and provide a care and then go. Personally, I’m learning the value of working with something sustainable.

This whole experience made me so happy that HIS Vision is not short term. We are in for the long haul; we are in Haiti to make a difference and we are determined.

It takes many people with all different talents and abilities to make a difference. If you are interested in Haiti and want to work with something sustainable and long term, let me know! We would love for you to come, have a couple cliché moments and meet some Samuels of your own.

HIS Vision, Inspirational, Missions

The Way Melinda Sees It

The Way Melinda Sees It

If I had to use one word to describe my trip to Haiti, it would be refreshing. Going with a team of seven, five of which had never been to Haiti with HIS Vision before, I was quickly reminded of why I had such a passion to help this country. Seeing the team’s reactions to the poverty and lack of eye care, created an even more burdensome longing to bring hope to the Haitians.

I was so content when I saw the equipment patiently waiting our team at the clinic. It was almost as if the boxes shouted, “You did it! We are here and the hard work paid off!” I was happy!

Then the happiness morphed into anxiety.

While the satisfaction of completing stage one was wonderful, the thought of starting phase two was almost too much.

I looked around at the the new tiles, windows, doors and electric work that had been completed. The beautiful detailed paint job caught my eye. My mind compared and contrasted the differences from the first time I stepped into this building. A dirt floor now replaced with tiles. Broken walls were now standing straight. Garbage piles around the rooms transformed into piles of bubble wrap and cardboard boxes holding glasses. I realized the Lord had done a miracle.

I put my fear behind me. Using the hard work that had been completed as my inspiration, I became energized. The second phase was going to become a reality, the HIS Vision Clinic would be opening in the spring! It was finally coming together and it was incredible.

For the clinic, our main need at this point is Ophthalmic Equipment:
– Edger
– Auto Refractor
– Visual Field Machine

We saw around 400 patients this trip. Our team ferociously tackled the task to give everyone special care, meeting all their needs individually.

Leaving Haiti I felt free. We completed so many tasks, including getting our NGO status in Haiti. We set up the clinic and now it’s a matter of tying up loose ends and a few pieces of equipment. This trip was a milestone; it was refreshing and I was often reminded, “with God, nothing is impossible.”

A gigantic heartfelt thanks to all who donated equipment, finances and time to make this dream a reality.

-Melinda, CEO

HIS Vision, Inspirational, Missions

Erin Shares Her Experience in Haiti!

Erin Shares Her Experience in Haiti!

One of the first things I noticed in Haiti were children walking to school in perfectly clean, pressed uniforms. For most, the pants and skirts were made of wool. Hot, hot, hot temperatures and wool would make any child complain, but not in Haiti. School is available for very few. It is a privilege. Children recognize the sacrifices made for them to get an education and value the opportunity to learn. Maybe this is why so many visitors to the clinic expressed such gratitude when they were given glasses.

Just a few short months ago, eye care was not available to most Haitians, but the clinic makes it possible for students with poor eyesight to continue their studies and aspire to a better future. So many patients couldn’t help from grinning when they realized they could read small print easily.

Even though I am not a doctor and only played a small part in the clinic, I felt I got the greatest reward since I was the giver of the glasses and got to hear and see the appreciation of the blessing of sight.

It was an honor to be a part of making a difference in the lives of hundreds of people in one week’s time.

To learn more about the HIS Vision Project visit our website. To help give the gift of sight for those in need donate here and provide opportunity today!

HIS Vision, Partnerships

A Huge Thank You!

A Huge Thank You!

A heart filled thank you to Cordless Network Services for donating a total of $4,593.00 in optical displays for our clinic in Haiti! This generous donation will help our Haiti clinic prosper rapidly. We feel so blessed to have such wonderful quality of items in our clinic and optical.

CNS Frame Displays provides optical professionals with essential components to create a unique and functional showroom. Their innovative products allow companies to think outside the box through creating unique eyewear presentations. CNS has over 22,000 individual clients worldwide providing solutions to large entities.

Thanks again to Cordless Network Services for playing a huge part in our professionalism at the HIS Vision eye clinic in Haiti!

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Equipment Being Shipped to Haiti!

Equipment Being Shipped to Haiti!

Hello all! GREAT News! Our prayers have been answered. The nonprofits Gleaning for the World and Food for the Poor have partnered with the His Vision Project to send our container of $10,000 of optometry equipment overseas to Haiti!

Talk about a wonderful praise to the Lord!

Gleaning for the World provided transportation of the shipment to Norfolk, VA, and Food for the Poor will be handling the shipment of the container.

All of our equipment for the eye-clinic will be sent to Haiti to be ready in January 2014 for the opening of HIS Vision’s FIRST eye clinic! Our Haitian doctor, Dr. Wesley, received training from the Virginia Eye Clinic, Harman Eye Center, and Dr. Netland at the UVA ophthalmology department and is red on site to serve his first patient at HIS Vision’s Eye Clinic beginning in January 2014.

PR Interns Paige McGugin and Vanessa Park put together the equipment shipment to Haiti!

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Guest Post by Dr. Wesley, Our Doctor in Haiti

Guest Post by Dr. Wesley, Our Doctor in Haiti

I am in a country where it’s not easy for people with good health to get a good life, in a country where it is very difficult for people who have both eyes that work very well to get daily tasks completed.

It is unbelievable to imagine how difficult things are for those brothers and sisters with eye trouble who don’t have access to eye care.

In the North Region of Haiti where I have been living, there are more than 2 million people. There is only one opthamologist working in the government Hospital. People who need to see that Doctor for eye trouble have to wait for an appointment between 1 to 6 years. Some other private clinics near are very expensive so poor people can’t get treatment. Generally, they listen to radio to know when eye missionary doctors are coming to offer check ups, medicines, or glasses.

So you can imagine, how happy the people were in the north region, when Humbly I Serve/HIS Vision came with a project to start a sustain eye clinic in the Region of Cap Haitian. And also had the plans to train general Doctors in eye care.

Since HIS Vision started many mobile clinics, change has been realized in churches, orphanages, schools, and other general clinics. A lot of people have testified how great God is for that project. Many people have testified how their lives have been changed since they received some eye medicine or some glasses.

Actually in the general clinic where I work everyday, I receive more people asking when HIS Vision eye clinic will be definitely open.

Like that you can understand when people decide to help Humbly I Serve in the project, it’s something that you do for all the country with nice people. It is something that you do for the glory of the Lord, so that God will then bless you back.

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New From Haiti

New From Haiti

The New York Times wrote an article on the desolate situations Haiti is currently facing. At five of Haiti’s 24 garment factories, it was found that “the majority of Haitian garment workers are being denied nearly a third of the wages they are legally due as a result of the factories’ theft of their income” (Group Says Haitian Garment Workers Are Shortchanged on Pay, 2013).

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Jobs create opportunity, exactly what our eye-clinic provides.

The long-term plan is to start an optometry training program.

Our clinic provides SUSTAINABLE change to each individual providing an opportunity for the entire Haitian community.

Join us in helping Haitians see a brighter world.

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Who is Josiah Johnson?

Who is Josiah Johnson?

He is a speech communications major at Liberty University and Communications Intern at Humbly I Serve!

Through his time at Humbly I Serve thus far, Josiah has learned an astronomic amount about himself, his career field, and nonprofit organizations.

 

Himself:

Josiah strives to one day be the voice of a cartoon character. He has doubt telling himself he can’t, but hey someone has to do it!

He aspires to be Mel Blanc who is the voice of the characters we love from Looney Toons, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, and Roger Rabbit.

Working at Humbly I Serve has allowed him to realize that dream is attainable and no longer something far fetched.

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This is Mel Blanc. See the similarities?

 

Career Field:

Josiah has learned how to work in groups and to put together campaigns, which is essential in any workforce!

Along with that, his writing skills have improved significantly through his use of professional emails.

He has received opportunities to give presentations about Humbly I Serve and to get the community on board.

 

Nonprofit Organizations:

Josiah mentions his nonprofit experience and says, “I learned how grassroots fundraising works on a day-to-day basis and the inner workings of a nonprofit. It is an eye opening experience working with an organization that relies on the Lord to provide for them. I had the opportunity to see the Lord provide in small ways in my projects. Each day we have two designated prayer times. I loved seeing how the Lord answered requests from day to day. Interning with Humbly I Serve taught me how to build good relationships with donors, staff and trip participants. I am so happy I had the chance to work so hard and gain valuable experience with a nonprofit.”

Interested in interning with us? We have positions available in an array of fields for Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters!

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Success!

Success!

A shout out to all of our wonderful participants at last night’s scavenger hunt! Not only were the games exciting, they were able to informative about the need for spiritual and physical provision locally and globally.

We were able to utilize World Sight Day to really engage students on Liberty’s campus and inform them that being involved is very simple.

There are 3 ways you can get involved:

1. Sponsor a child to recieve eye-sight for $30! http://www.hisvisionproject.com/#!sponsor-sight

2. Buy a HIS Vision T-shirt for $20! https://www.booster.com/hisvisionproject

3. Help ship a pair of glasses to Haiti for just $1!

If any of those things seem like too much, simply get involved in our HIS Vision Club on campus and help us spread this need to others!