Maverick Impact Trip to Haiti
“Mavericks are more than a club, more than a network, and more than a bunch of wealthy business people. They are a group of caring creative and philanthropic minded people that will no doubt leave a footprint in history….” -Maverick Member #16 Jim Spano
Frank McKinney & Yanik Silver’s…
Haiti Impact Experience
May 8-11, 2013
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A note from the editor. Rose Ayers:
I remember clear as day, a conversation I had last year with one of my best friends, Aydika James. She had just returned from a 4 day Maverick Impact trip to Haiti. I have known Aydika for six years now and feel that I have a pretty good grasp on her; her character and drive and her huge heart for people. So, I was not one bit surprised when she called to give me “the news.” She was in love…with Haiti: the people, culture, and volunteers who were giving of their time. She told me about the simple joy of the people, their bright eyes and genuine smiles that filled her heart with warmth. She had gone to Haiti with the intention of helping those who needed aid. What happened caught her off guard: While she was giving of herself to the Haiti people, they were “helping” her, by reminding her of the beauty that is found within the human spirit when it grows, flourishes and eventually overcomes in the face of adversity. She told me of a comment made by one of the trip facilitators that has stuck with me ever since. As they discussed the living conditions of the Haitian people, this facilitator brought up the natural tendency for visitors to feel a sense of “guilt,” when comparing their “small” problems to the “catastrophic” issues in Haiti. His response to this feeling of guilt is what surprised everyone: “Why do you feel guilty? You are in a powerful place. You have the ability to ignite change that will actually fix world problems. Go home, enjoy your lives and be open to the ways that you can make a difference in the lives of people less fortunate.”
“You have the ability to ignite change that will actually fix world problems.”
In February of 2011, Maverick member #16 Jim Spano along with his son Ken Spano and thirteen Maverick members and friends, stepped off of a plane into what was later described by Yanik as “an ultra chaotic scene” at Port-au-Prince in Haiti. This was the Maverick’s first Impact Trip to Haiti, and no one knew what to expect. Check out this photo of the group as they are being transported from the airport down crowded streets to their hotel in a “tap-tap” bus. A little intense…is it not?
And this is where YOU come in!
Before we get into how we are going to accomplish such a feat, please read this excerpt from a heart-felt email I (Rose) received from Jim Spano last week:
I’d like to offer a matching program where each Mavericks donation will be matched 100% through the Spano Family Foundation (fully tax deductible) to really leverage the impact. The donations would be dedicated solely to this solar generation plant as solving the energy . I have further leveraged those donations by getting equipment at cost, volunteer labor, and my personal return to Haiti to assist in the construction of the project. The Mavericks introduced me to this incredibly important mission in Haiti and I thought reaching out with that story, along with the group that originally joined me in Haiti, would enable us to really make a difference.”
If you are interested in being a part of the solution to the “tumultuous economy and lack of technological resources” in third world countries, now is your chance. This is an opportunity for Maverick Members to make a one time donation, which will receive a match of 100% from the Spano Family Foundation. If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Jim Spano directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank McKinney (Caring House Project) captured Jim’s efforts perfectly in an email he wrote:
“Thank you for your kind words, but more important, thank you for taking action on them, and following through with the compassion you felt when we visited Jeremie two years ago. At Caring House Project Foundation we have a saying; “compassion without action is a waste of emotion.” In your case, you not only took action, but you are one of the fortunate few who are blessed with awareness, that leads to discernment, with the thread tying them together being love. You did what most people dream of; the dovetailing of your spiritual highest calling with your professional highest calling. Well done Jim Spano.“
Pure Awesomeness! To learn more about what Jim Spano and Dr. Stephan Lally are doing with HHF (Haitian Health Foundation), please click here.