I gripped little Jeffte’s hand as I approached the playground. I gazed out at a wide and joyful area of slides, swings, and smiles and thought, Wow… did I do this?
Months earlier, I began a fundraising effort to build a playground at this particular school in Haiti because I believe that every kid deserves to play. Within a month, we raised over $6,000 for the playground, mostly by selling ViBella Jewelry. The jewelry is made in Haiti, some of it in the same village as this school.
Here is a picture of me working with some of the ViBella artists:
So, there I was at the school, on the mountaintop overlooking the ocean and tin huts. The beating sun warmed my back. A group of school boys ran up and escorted me to the merry-go-round. As they spun me around on the ride, I could truly see the joy on their faces.
The school day reached its end, and I gazed out at the playground once more and knew: I didn’t do this. THIS WAS GOD.