“As An Individual Who Serves, It’s Imperative That We Get Our Rest Beforehand, I Say This because We Don’t Know What’s Ahead.”

November 14, 2020, was the day Dare Humanity was scheduled to make their way up to Sonyen, a community in Montrouis, to meet their newly sponsored students, put some new policies in place, and distribute school supplies. Little did they know, they would face challenges ahead. The team left their location by vehicle at approximately 2:00 pm and arrived at a location where the vehicle could go no further, therefore, they had to travel by foot the rest of the way.

Our Founder, Kia Harris Tattegrain, and our Advisory Board member and Haiti Liaison, Woodelore Tattegrain, met with three children who assisted them in their journey to Sonyen. The kids put some of their duffle bags on their heads full of school supplies as Kia and Woodelore followed them through the steep unpaved roads and muddy hills.

Sponsored students received backpacks with school supplies provided by A Village United

All was fine until it started to rain heavily. It rained so hard that they really couldn’t walk any further. Luckily, Kia and Woodelore were able to find shelter under an abandoned school house. While they were waiting for the rain to lighten up, a few kids that were playing said, “ we came as backup”, came over and kept them company. The kids helped the time pass by. One of the kids even suggested that our team, Kia and Woodelore, should take their shoes off and walk the rest of the way barefoot, but they realized it really wouldn’t help much since they would need the grip from their shoes to withstand the incline and slippery gravel.

Meet Charléne - one of our new sponsored students

Sonyen is far from the main road, so it took our team close to 25-30 minutes to make it up the hill and to the church where they’d start their distribution and meet with the students' parents. The distribution, discussion and photo shoot with the youth lasted approximately 2 hours.

Providing school supplies to youth

When it was time to head back, it was pitch black, because there weren't any street lights. Kia and Woodelore had to continue walking in mud, wet shoes and use a single flashlight this time to direct their path. They often found themselves slipping in the mud as they held onto each other for stability trying to avoid the mud and puddles during a 45 minute walk back. When they finally arrived back at the hotel, their shoes were soaked in mud with a few minor injuries from their journey that day, but ultimately it was for the service of the youth in Sonyen.

Youth from Sonyen

Words From Our Founder

“I can honestly say that it is a great gift being called to serve. I am realizing that serving others does not come as easily. As an individual who serves, it’s imperative that we get our rest beforehand. I say this because we don’t know what's ahead. Take a look at my recent experience for example. I walked into some physical barriers that day, unknowingly. Having to walk in the mud, getting mud all over and into my shoes and having to walk in the dark on the way back. There isn’t only the physical challenges we were faced with, if you are not prepared, serving will take a toll on your mental and spiritual health as well. Be prepared to make adjustments to your schedule. Circumstances will change while serving, so you want to be flexible.” - Kia A. Harris Tattegrain

About The Author

Chelsea Castellanos is a Wife and a Mother. She is currently working from home as a Blogger for Faith and Imperfection. Chelsea is passionate about her career as an Entrepreneur. She has experience in freelance work; such as content creation, copy, and writing email campaigns. Chelsea is also an Ambassador for Dare Humanity, Non Profit Organization. You find her increasing her knowledge through reading and online courses, homeschooling her children, or spending quality time alone with God. Chelsea Castellanos strives everyday to show up as her best self and seeks to grow and inspire others to be self-sufficient as well.

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Note from the Founder:

I hope you are enjoying much needed time with your loved ones and I am praying that you remain in good health and continue to prosper.

In the midst of everything that is happening in the world around us, Dare Humanity is making strides towards strengthening our work.

Part of our next steps include restructuring our team so that we can better serve our communities in Haiti. We will be accepting applications for members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board until April 15th. Creative, diverse, and skilled individuals who have a heart to serve are encouraged to apply.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of our new team members, Anna Tait. She is joining our team as a Fundraising Intern. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Anna for about six months now through the Alumni Mentor Program through the University of San Francisco (USF). Anna is currently studying a Masters in Nonprofit Administration at the university while running track and cross country. She is a runner and competes in the 1500m, 5000m and 6km cross country. Anna is also a senior member of the USF track and cross country team. Check out this video of Anna from USF.

Anna was born and raised in the Orkney Islands off the North East coast of Scotland. She graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in July 2019 with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry.

“I thrived in Glasgow, enjoying the academic and clinical application of my degree.”

She was involved in the university athletics club, podiatry society and worked part-time in a running footwear store.

“I was delighted when I received an athletic scholarship to study in San Francisco and I am very grateful for the opportunities and friendships the move across the pond has brought so far.”

Anna is passionate about holistic wellbeing and desires to be part of communities that encourage and prioritize holistic wellbeing.

“I'm a feminist and surround myself with those who advocate for equal opportunities for women.”

Anna strives to inspire and empower women of all ages, but particularly her younger teammates. She is motivated to improve the lives of others and she plans to use her experience to pursue a career in improving community health and wellbeing.

“I want to improve the effectiveness of collective impact efforts between sectors to improve access to health and social care services within disadvantaged communities.”

The values of Dare Humanity - Community, Empowerment and Leadership - stuck out to Anna because of her background and involvement in her community.

“I was fortunate to be raised in a small and prosperous Island community where I attended our local schools, played sports and spent lots of time outside. The support of my home community was integral in my ability to gain opportunities in education and sport.”

Anna is delighted to have the opportunity to join the team at Dare Humanity. She hopes to put the fundraising knowledge she has learned this academic year into practice and contribute to the development of effective and sustainable fundraising campaigns for upcoming months and beyond.

I want to invite you to join us in welcoming Anna to our team at Dare Humanity! We are grateful to have her join our growing team and we look forward to what we can accomplish together in the months to come.

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Dare Humanity was founded in 2015 with the hope to provide international aid, community-driven development, and health education.

Our initial work included community events to empower children and adults in Southern California. With these small community events, we were able to create awareness about Dare Humanity.

With our initial approach in mind, we made plans to expand our work. In 2015, our founder, Kia A. Harris Tattegrain, was sponsored to travel to Haiti for a medical mission trip to provide health and medical services to communities in Montrouis, Haiti. Her experience in Haiti, sparked something in her, although she did not know she would be returning to Haiti to begin work in the future.

In August of 2018, she completed her Master of Nonprofit Administration which allowed her to enhance the work of Dare Humanity and in September 2018, she returned to Haiti to begin the work of Dare Humanity.

Dare Humanity works with two communities in Haiti, Sonyen and Deluge, with a total population of approximately 3,200 community members. Our communities are located in Montrouis, Haiti, approximately 43 miles from Aéroport International Toussaint Louverture located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The community members of Sonyen and Deluge live in poor conditions with limited employment opportunities and resources, many fall ill due to health issues caused by the environment, unhealthy water and the lack of nutritious foods. Since February of 2019, the political climate began to decline in Haiti and has led to shortages in fuel and food, violence and inflation throughout the country and our communities continue to be affected.

Dare Humanity has established the Young Dreams Sponsorship Program which aims to provide educational opportunity to children in need with the funds necessary to receive quality education. A sponsorship pledge benefits more than just the children in our communities; it benefits the child's family and allows them to strengthen their schools, community and future. With our initial 7 students, we are able to increase access to education in Haiti.

As expressed at the beginning of this year, we have three main goals for 2020:

- We will be expanding the Young Dreams Sponsorship Program to support at least 20 more students!

- We will be continuing our efforts to provide clean drinking water in Haiti by installing at least one well.

- We will be creating new programs to better serve underserved communities.

Here’s how you can help:

- Donate to our fundraising page and help us expand our efforts this year

- Join us for our celebration event on Saturday, March 14th in San Rafael! Register here.

- Spread the word about Dare Humanity and our Young Dreams Sponsorship Program by following our Facebook page and sharing our posts.

- Join our Board of Directors or Advisory Board - We are looking for creative, diverse, and skilled individuals who have a heart to serve. Areas we need assistance in include nonprofit finance, fundraising, marketing, strategy and international development. Send your resume to

Thank you for your continued support of the work that we do and thank you for partnering with our communities in Haiti.

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