• Dare Humanity

We want to start by saying thank you for your continued support in our efforts to provide resources for our communities in Haiti. Without you, this dream would not be possible. As 2020 came to a close, we’ve accomplished goals and now have a fresh outlook for 2021.

Last year, we made some changes within Dare Humanity. Aside from implementing a new policy for our sponsored students, we have also started a partnership and have made the commitment to sponsor students from a new school. Unfortunately, we are no longer working with one of the communities, Deluge. We were not able to agree with the leader of Deluge about our program policies. We will still be sponsoring the students that we selected from their community since that remains our priority. As we increase in the amount of students sponsored, we want to ensure that the communities we serve are honest, communicate effectively, and work alongside the guidelines Dare Humanity has put in place. We are believing the best for the community of Deluge.

Late last year, we received additional students under our Young Dreams Sponsorship Program.Our Young Dreams Sponsorship Program aims to provide an opportunity for children to receive quality education. With your support, our program has provided tuition and resources for our youth in the communities of Haiti. Within this program, we have implemented new policies for the parents and students.

Alongside our goals, Dare Humanity initiated a new food giveaway program in November of 2020, that fed 280 plus people in 2020. Every other Sunday, Men Kontre, also known as Helping Hands, has volunteered to give non perishable food located in the capital of Haiti, Port Au Prince, to families that are in need. Our Clean water initiative is still in effect and we are researching opportunities to bring clean water to the community of Sonyen. Last year we participated in a virtual “Water Run/Walk” event that will be discussed further.

In November of 2021, our founder, Kia HarrisTattegrain was able to visit our communities and implement a structure for our Young Dreams Sponsorship Program. With these new policies, we want to ensure our students are receiving the quality education they deserve.

Our Founder, Kia and her husband and AB Member, Woodelore

Let us take a look at this year's policies and goals for our Young Dreams Sponsorship Program below:

  • We aim to have 50 students total on our list of sponsorship by the end of this year.

  • Our new policy includes: students maintaining a 7.5/10 for the academic year at 80% attendance rate and participation in additional lessons provided by Dare Humanity.

  • Our policy also includes: families will accept designated schools selected by the organization (to be implemented in the next academic year) and agree to direct payment of tuition to the school given by our organization.

  • We will also ensure our students are attending some of the best schools in the area by partnering with other schools. This will then require specific criteria for the selection of the school our sponsored students will attend, including but not limited to, qualified teachers, diverse offerings, and distance from the communities.

With these plans taken into consideration for 2021, we gladly thank you for your support in sponsorship. We look forward to seeing these plans become a positive outcome.

Moving forward, as stated above, our new food program, Men Kontre, Helping Hands has provided families with food every other Sunday. With the kind donations of individuals like you, we were able to feed over 280 people and our goal is to feed up to 1,000 people this year. Dare Humanity cannot thank you enough for your generosity and support to fulfill our mission and vision, which is, to advocate for an enhanced life for women, children and families who live in underserved communities worldwide, to achieve and sustain wellness, self-sufficiency, and entrepreneurship in the communities we currently serve in Haiti. With Helping Hands being a success to the community in Port au Prince, we will start collecting data from families who are receiving the food. We want to have a better understanding of our recipients. We aim to collect data on family size and their income to develop an organized plan that will help us in distribution of the food every other Sunday. Again, we thank you for your donations as we are able to achieve these goals with your support.

In September of 2020 we participated in a virtual event called “The Water Run/Walk”. This event was created to establish our clean water initiative and ensure that Dare Humanity continues to support our communities in Haiti for many years to come. This virtual event helped us raise awareness to the major health concerns, and the amount of time community members have to walk, 25 minutes, every day to get access to clean drinking water. Thank you to those of you that participated in this event. It helped us realize the importance of getting out everyday, walking for at least a mile, and having a goal in mind. Our goal was to remember the families in Haiti that have to make this commitment every day to have healthy hygiene. Our community members in Sonyen are still in need of clean water to cook, bathe, wash clothes and drink.

By Mid-year, our goal is to develop a plan of action on how we will establish our clean water initiative. We look forward to working with our newest Advisory Board Member, Vijay Duraipalam, who will be actively involved in the development of this initiative. Get to know our members in our “About Us” section as well. Access to clean water is a basic human right. With the help of you and our team, we aim to provide clean drinking water in Haiti by installing at least one well. We'd like to take a moment to thank the Dare Humanity Family for providing donations on a monthly basis.

This concludes our plans for now. Please feel free to contact us, stay up to date and read our latest blog posts. Great things are in store for Dare Humanity and we are happy to have you here. There is always an opportunity for you to join us and make an impact on the lives we serve. To find out how to donate to Haiti, you can click here. Take care for now

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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“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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