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Extreme Scope Change

One week from today I’ll join a group of ordinary men to personally help the people of Haiti. Planned nearly six months ago, our trip will take us directly into Port-au-Prince on the first day of scheduled commercial passenger flights from the U.S. since the January 12 earthquake.

Of course at the time we booked our seats we had no idea an earthquake of the magnitide that struck Haiti was even plausible. We each individually choose to spend our own money and time to make a small difference in the lives of people living in the poorest nation in our hemisphere.

So you can probably see why we have begun referring to this trip as the “Extreme Scope Change” mission.

One of the things we’ll be doing is bringing about 70 tarps with us for people who are striving to meet their most basic physiological needs. Here’s what I found at the Sam’s Club down the street from my house: a 16′ x 12′ tarp that cost less than USD 10 each.

Tarps like these are selling for over USD 100 in Haiti because hundreds of thousands of people, maybe more than a million, are living outside. Even if their home was not destroyed by the earthquake, they are fearful of being indoors and therefore have resorted to stringing up sheets and tarps to create a shelter out in the open.

Throughout the trip, I plan to post regular updates to this blog. There are a couple of specific projects we will be working on. Check back to hear more about them.

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