Here it is, the blog post that everyone has been waiting for..
Okay. So maybe you haven’t really been waiting for this blog post per say, but I've been waiting to write it for you. This blog post is centered around some of Second Mile's biggest and most crucial needs AT THIS very moment (some of my favorite topics) and I'm posting it now since I didn't manage to get out a quarterly needs update. Mainly, I was extremely swamped by the UN grant and whew, thank goodness it’s over. It's definitely time for a break. Now that it's over, I'm feeling as if my life is in a stage of de-stressing. Who knew that stress can play such a big role in so many medical issues? Well, now I know! In addition to de-stressing, I'm also back on the fundraising train once again.
Many of you may think that fundraising sounds quite stressful, and yes it can be. But I happen to love fundraising. I love to see if I can get someone to become as passionate about the organization as I am. It’s exciting to see needs met and used at the facility everyday. It’s encouraging to see people step up and decide “hey, this is an important cause" and then ask what they can do to help.
I’m not a doctor, but I do feel on call 24/7. I recently traveled to the States for said medical issues. The first week was supposed to be a week of rest. It was restful, but I found myself talking about our organization every single day in some way or another. Ah yes, the famous question..."so what do you do?" People aren't usually satisfied at the answer “I run a non-profit in Haiti.” You get them hooked and they want more. And of course, I don't mind at all. I'm happy to tell them about Second Mile, because I'm just so dang passionate about our organization.
With each trip I take outside of Haiti, I find myself talking a lot about the organization. And with each trip I end up coming up with a slogan statement. This trip I just so happened to be working on the organizations's taxes, reviewing the 2016 budget, and looking over some of the numbers from past years.
I found myself googling the average price of a 4 bedroom house in the USA. The answer: $363,401. And thus my slogan statement became, "Second Mile's operating costs for one year are less than the cost of the average house in the United States. Can you believe it?!"
Last year expenses were roughly $260,000 and in 2016 we will keep a steady budget around $300,000 since we are finally at maximum capacity! I mean that’s crazy, right?
Second Mile employs 27 people and will employ 30 by the end of the year.
We will have approximately 280 direct beneficiaries (caregivers and children) this year. During the 6-8 weeks they spend at the center, all of their needs are met including food, stay, medical, & transportation.
Second Mile will have 120 business graduates by the end of the year. These are the mothers and grandmothers that complete the business course during their child's recovery and receive an income-generating business package after graduation to help sustain their families.
We also help support a micro-finance program in the village that directly impacts 209 local men and women. And, we continue to see caregivers and children after graduating the program. It's the cherry on top. Our nurses will see the graduate children and caregivers from the last 3 years in an estimated 1,248 follow-up visits in 2016.
All of this for the purchase of a medium size home in the USA, and I bet ya wouldn't even get a backyard like ours! Our backyard is roughly 3 acres and is currently home to gardens, cows, goats, and bees. And hey maybe $363,401 doesn't even get you a full four rooms. Maybe it's only 3 bedrooms with 1.5 bathrooms...? Google was not that specific.
Isn’t this mind blowing? This is why fundraising is fun. This why I absolutely love Second Mile, not that I’m biased or anything. We really use every single penny. We pride ourselves on being logistically savvy in every possible way.