MABE Orphanage -- Port au Prince, Haiti

MABE Orphanage -- Port au Prince, Haiti

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"Half 4 Haiti" Benefit Run Photos (3/10/13)

With my pit crew (niece Emma and training 
buddy Manny Ramirez) before the race.

At the finish line. Very, very happy to be done.

Trying desperately to create the illusion of 
strength and vitality, shortly before passing out.

Still in shock (but grateful) that they actually 
give out medals for folks who ran as slow as I did.



Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"HALF 4 HATIT" Benefit Run Update



1st Ever "Half 4 Haiti" Benefit Run Update

Dear Friends,

Boy, that was hard. Really hard. I knew running a half marathon more than ten years (and a few lbs) after my last one was going to be challenging... but it proved to be even more difficult than I anticipated. Nevertheless, I made it. My time certainly did not earn me an honorary membership on the Kenyan Olympic team, but I did manage to cross the finish line under my own power. Then, just when my body was beginning to recover from the run, I got hit with a pretty nasty stomach flu. Needless to say, it's been a tough week and a half.

On the bright side, your generosity made our first ever "HALF 4 HAITI" benefit run well worth the effort, as we were able to generate more than $1,500 in pledges for our Children's Hope solidarity work in Haiti. Our next challenge, of course, is too collect all of the pledge money. Paying your pledge is easy. If you were kind enough to pledge, you can make your donation in two ways:

1) Old School - simply make out a check to "Children's Hope" and mail it to Children's Hope, 3025A Cambridge Rd., Cameron Park, CA  95682;

or

2) New School -- click on our the "Donate" button on the upper left corner of this page, then follow the directions to complete your donation.

By the way, if you meant to make a pledge but didn't quite get around to it... no worries, you can still donate! Every penny you contribute will go towards our Children's Hope solidarity work in Haiti. A few of our current projects are briefly described below.

Thanks again for your solidarity and generosity, we deeply appreciate it... many hands make the burden lighter.

Solidarity,
Paul B

MABE Orphanage, Port au Prince
These are the MABE kids. Many were taken in after the military coup and ensuing political crisis of 2004 left thousands of Haitian children, especially in the poorest neighborhoods, orphaned and on the streets. We've watched these children grow up over the years and they are always in our thoughts and prayers.

The Lamp for Haiti Clinic, Cite Soleil, Haiti
With your support, we also provide medicine and medical supplies to the Lamp for Haiti, an amazing medical clinic providing free care to the children of Cite Soleil, the poorest and most notorious slum in the poorest country in the western hemisphere.



Basketball is very popular in Haiti, but the children who live in Cite Soleil near the Lamp for Haiti clinic have no place to play. Once we raise sufficient funds, we hope to work with the Lamp staff to refurbish this basketball court in the neighborhood, which is currently unusable. Your support can help these children have what every child deserves, a place to play.

The Children of Cite Soleil and members of our Children's Hope Team (Summer 2012)

On the Legacy of Hugo Chavez

[Editor's Note: This is an excellent overview of the legacy of President Hugo Chavez on Venezuela and the Americas from the Council on Hemispherice Affairs, one of the best sources for information and analysis on Latin America. -- Paul B]

Today, a century and a half since [the death of Bolivar ], here on his native soil, here where his ashes are, I, Bolivarian to the bones, am here to say to you through him, and to him through you: thank you my General, thank you for your effort for the freedom of Venezuela. And here we are today, ready to resume the path of real independence and the real development of our peoples, and to build the dream of our liberators. (Hugo Chavez, Dec. 16, 2005, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.)
Demonstrably one of the giant Latin American figures of this age, Hugo Chavez, has delegated a number of the responsibilities of his office to Vice President Nicolas Maduro and is, at this writing, fighting a battle with cancer in a hospital bed in Cuba, a country he frequently has turned to in moments of dire medical needs. In the past few weeks, as his medical condition has worsened, some elements of the opposition have called for Chavez to forfeit his office or urged that new elections should be staged if Chavez is unable to be sworn in by the official January 10th inauguration date. However, both the Attorney General, Cilia Flores, and even the opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, have argued that the inauguration date should be seen as a mere formality and may be postponed, though not indefinitely. In the meantime the country’s National Assembly has taken a sobering step of granting the ailing Chavez a leave of absence.[1]
Source: Yahoo Pictures
While COHA joins all of those who wish Chavez a speedy and complete recovery, dramatically different assessments of the nature of his impact on the region have already begun. Whatever form the debate over his legacy takes, it is beyond doubt that the Bolivarian Revolution has already transformed Venezuela and much of the hemisphere into a different kind of place than it was before the advent of the Hugo Chavez era. Here an attempt is being made to preface the inquiry into the Chavez legacy, which is still unfolding in its historical, political, international, and domestic contexts.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"HALF 4 HAITI" RUN -- WHERE YOUR PLEDGE MONEY WILL GO, PART II


1st Annual "Half 4 Haiti" Benefit Run
Sunday, Marh 10, 2013

The Lamp for Haiti Clinic, Cite Soleil, Haiti
With your support, we also provide medicine and medical supplies to the Lamp for Haiti, an amazing medical clinic providing free care to the children of Cite Soleil, the poorest and most notorious slum in the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

Basketball is very popular in Haiti, but the children who live in Cite Soleil near the Lamp for Haiti clinic have no place to play. Once we raise sufficient funds, we hope to work with the Lamp staff to refurbish this basketball court in the neighborhood, which is currently unusable. Your pledge could help us make this happen.
If you would like to pledge, simply send an email to paulb1221@sbcglobal.net and let us know how much you would like to contribute. Or, simply click on the "Donate" button at the top left of this page and make your tax deductible donation online. Thank you so much for your support... many hands make the burden lighter.
The Children of Cite Soleil and members of our Children's Hope Team

A Tribute to President Hugo Chavez at UOP -- Wed., 3/13, 6pm

UOP Campus Progressive Alliance Presents

A Tribute to President Hugo Chavez

South of the Border
A film by Oliver Stone

"Provocative" -- New York Times

“Interesting & Revealing” -- Financial Times

“A valuable and interesting corrective to the mainstream 
media’s coverage of Latin America” -- Salon.com

Free Admissionion! 
Everyone Welcome!

6pm, Wednesday, March 13, 2013
 Classroom Building 170 
(South Campus)
University of the Pacific

Friday, March 8, 2013

"HALF 4 HAITI" BENEFIT RUN -- WHERE YOUR PLEDGE MONEY WILL GO

1st Annual "Half 4 Haiti" Benefit Run

Mabe Orphanage, Port au Prince, Haiti

These are the Mabe kids who we have fallen in love with and have watched grow up over the last few years. They were taken in off the streets by our dear friend Maco and his family, and are being raised in a loving environment. But they have few resources. No electricity, no running water, no toilets. The top photos shows the Mabe kids unloading the food we were able to buy in January with your donation money, but we just received an urgent notice that they are now running dangerously low on food. Whatever pledge money we receive for the run, we will be sending to Mabe next week to buy food for the kids. Please pitch in if you can... many hands make the burden lighter. Thank you so much for your generosity and solidarity. -- Paul & Leisa