This is my third year in SAVE. Each year for the last three years the entire SAVE board has gone to Boukeron, Haiti, the village where we invest all of our efforts, without me. And each year, I have been unable to attend, yet I still work for SAVE. I have invested so much time and so much effort into the lives of people that I have never seen. They seem so far away, so remote, and so distant. It’s hard to picture the people of Boukeron. It’s hard to imagine their faces. I’ve been told that they have thin frames, odd habits, and strange diets. They lack sanitation, stable homes, sustainable jobs and even hope. However, I haven’t ever seen them. I don’t even know what they look like. They seem like a fantasy; a people far away that may not really exist.
So why do I do what I do? Why am I in SAVE? Why do I take hours out of my week asking for support, planning events, and writing press releases for people that I really don’t know? Why do I do what I do?
I realize that no one would know if I did not do SAVE. No one would know if I let others take over my responsibilities. I would live a more stress free life and I would have fewer obligations if someone took over for me; however, I know that right now I am helping change people’s lives. I know that I would be living a selfish life if I turned down the well being of others for the comfort of myself. That selfish life does not appeal to me. That selfish life is not a life that I am willing to live. Why would I be here if not to help others? This is where SAVE comes in. I have heard that there are people in Boukeron, Haiti who need my help, so I have made a leap of faith. I am meant to live a life of service. I am meant to make a positive impact on the lives of others. I will not grow complacent. There are so many people in the world who need my help. It is my responsibility as a servant of the most high God to help and to provide for these people. I do what I do by faith. I have faith that there are people who need me, and I have faith that I should help and provide for those people. That is why I do what I am a member of SAVE.