Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Judy believes in Haitian Self-Determination
Judy Grochowski is a leo sister. Her birthday is August 12th. She is one of the hero teachers I met when I was coordinating the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design's outreach programs. I have a very crowded pedestal full of teachers who care way more than most people even know there is a need for caring, Judy's on it. She was the first person to write me back about this project.
My favorite charity is the Norwich Mission House in Port Au Prince, Haiti. My daughter and I did a mission trip there a few summers ago and it was an incredible experience....they are supported by the Norwich Diocese of Norwich, Conn. As a matter of fact, the priest from the Mission House is coming to Our Lady of Lourdes Church (Milw-58& Forest home) on Aug 22 for a fundraising spaghetti dinner. He will speak and provide an update on the state of affairs in Haiti currently.
Here is the thing, back in 1986, when I was a senior in HS I was supposed to go to Haiti with a dentist my mother knew who ran a free clinic there, but in Februarythere was a huge coup that finally over through the Duvalier family and the trip was canceled. I still feel like Beethoven was playing a scale and didn't hit the last note. When I got this email from Judy I realized I still need to go to Haiti. Hmmm. I called the group she mentioned, confessed that I'm not catholic and asked if I could come with them. They are gonna put me on a wait list. If any of you want to come with I would love to share the experience with someone I know.