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HavServe in Silver Spring Lends Helping Hand to Haiti

HavServe in Silver Spring takes their drive for giving back from Montgomery County to Haiti, supporting community-led development through volunteerism in least developed countries.1527008_704805516230808_1758274686_n

The organization’s current goal is to encourage children in Haiti to attend and stay in school.

I caught up with volunteers from HavServe at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center MLK Day of Service who talked about how they are helping children and families abroad.

How does HavServe help those living in Haiti? 

Jewel Bazilio-Bellegarde: “Our organization is part of the Montgomery County Volunteer Service Network. What we try to do is create conditions in rural Haiti to allow children to stay in school to come to school and to stay in school. We partner with Montgomery County youth and not just to help with service projects that allow us to support the children.

How can those living in Montgomery County serve? 

Volunteer Carline Brice:  “Our program is a one hundred percent volunteer program we work mostly in Haiti through Montgomery County. It’s extremely simple. The idea of HavServe is that if you have, you serve. If you have time, you serve. If you have skills, you serve. If you have resources, you serve. And everyone has a little bit of that. So we are encouraging youth in Montgomery County high schools, middle schools, churches and the community not only to serve in Montgomery County but to serve abroad as well.”

What is your hope for HavServe?

Jewel Bazilio-Bellegarde: “Our hope for the program is that for the small community workers right now is that we get more of the children in those communities in school and get them to stay in school and the idea is that they improve their future. They will have a brighter future we believe that theough education they will become independent, self-sufficient and they can move on to whatever they want to be they can get their dream.”

What activities did you have for children to give to those in Haiti this MLK Day? 

Volunteer Carline Brice: “We are asking youth in Montgomery County to be the spokesperson for Dr. Martin Luther King today. What would Martin Luther King say to the children of Haiti about education and all the posters you have seen today is the message from youth in Montgomery County to the children of Haiti.”

Find more information about HavServe through their website here.

Valerie Bonk

About Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media (MCM).


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