On the Ground Update
I just got off the phone with our staff team in Haiti! IYI Executive Director Keith King reports that, “Breakthrough is happening here in so many ways; it is incredible to see a community transforming from the inside out and working together for tangible change.”
A local community leader and pastor (who also leads the IYI Youth Mentor Program) and IYI’s Youth Mentor Program will soon have a new home and location thanks to so many people from the local community and here in the United States working together to make this happen. IYI staff is on the ground building this multi-use home with the local community. More important than this building is the process of unity, character, and skill development that is happening. It’s reflective in the mutual sweat, learned skills, conversations over shoveling dirt, encouraging attitudes, words and gestures of deep appreciation, and the action being taken to help one another at so many levels.
I am so excited to bring you these stories over the next week as our staff team returns to the Dominican Republic on Friday. Keep posted this next week for more stories from the field!
– Betsy Osterink, IYI Associate Director