Take Off

Some of you know by now and to others this may be  a surprised but… I’m back in Haiti. I’ve made the quick decision to come back and have upset many people in the process. I apologize to all the people I have hurt by doing this, you hurt/ pain is what made this quick decision so tough to make.

I want to thank everyone who came together to raise the money to get me back to Haiti so quickly and thank you for the support!

I’ve begun to write a book about my life starting from a few years back. I’ve been writing close to 1000+ words a day and hope to have a decent sized book at least 30-40,000 words. I will be looking for a publisher at some point but will also be looking to publish on Kindle to make it more accessible and affordable. Thank you everyone who has complimented me on my blog writing; if I hadn’t received so many compliments on my blogs I don’t think I would have ever been motivated to write this book. It’s pretty much going to be a tell all of my life the insides and out. I will be exposing some of my craziest adventures and secrets and feel it will be a great ride for not only myself reliving them myself but to share it with others.

I finally got rid of the caveman/ Castaway beard… let the kids cut it for me… I have a hard time recognizing myself in the mirror!

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I’m still adjusting back to Haitian life but the good news is my stomach isn’t upset anymore… I think I’m just so used to the food here. I miss so many people and wish I could have shoved them in my suitcase or be on Skype with them every night. Unfortunately I don’t have internet all the time as I don’t have the funds to pay for it.

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Because I took off so quickly I wasn’t able to do any fundraising to help cover any costs. Once again I expect nothing from anyone as it was my choice to leave so quickly. If anyone would be interested in sponsoring me while I’m here or donating any amounts of money to aid my journey and time here I would be for ever grateful.  If you would like to contact me about making a donation or sponsorship you can email me at justinparkinson@hotmail.com or click the Donate button on the side menu. As always I can take donations for the Orphanage just leave a note as to where you’d like it to be used or I can forward you to Emily.

I love and miss so many people; hope everyone had a great Valentines day!

Choices you make have consequences whether good or bad you must always face them.

Haiti .

Haiti will build you up, tear you down; it will make you smile and feel things you never knew possible, and if you’re lucky Haiti will steal your heart.

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As most people know I’ve been having a hard time transitioning back into “normal” life, what ever that’s supposed to be? It was inevitable that I was going to return and a lot of people could see it in my eyes.

The first time I started to fundraise it took me close to 6 months to raise all the money I was aiming for… so I’ve decided what better time to start raising funds then the present! This time around I’ve set a rather sizeable goal of $5000. Once again this price will include the cost of my flight roughly $300-$400.

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Why have I decided to set such a large goal? Well when I was helping in Haiti I noticed the struggles we faced sometimes, a lot of it had to do with transportation and thus costing a large amount of money. The money being raise will help go towards Emily’s Vehicle Fund. During my fundraising to return to Haiti I will be forwarding some of the money to Em as it’s needed but still putting away so that I can travel and have my costs covered. Once the goal is reach I will be departing and possibly sooner.

I want to thank everyone who’s offered me a warm welcome back home especially it being absolutely freezing out! It’s nice to have people who care for you around especially when you’re going through a rough time. It’s funny because in Haiti every day, and I mean every day something goes wrong but you continue forward and you deal with it, it’s not much of a surprise. While at home when issue’s come up I find my self getting extremely stressed… it’s strange when I have anything and everything I could need/ want I stress when I’m in Haiti and have but a set of clothes for each day of the week and the smiles of the children I’m pretty much stress free.

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I’d done a little bit of updating to the site, there’s a new thermometer on the side bar <————————-

as well the donation button is back to the secure Just’in Hime For Help Paypal account. As always I will accept donations in person and the money as before will be put into a separate Credit Union account.

Oh let’s make things interesting how about once I hit $100 I shave my Cast Away beard :). I’ll even post a video of me doing it! I’m already brainstorming idea’s for new fundraising so keep checking in, and feel free to comment suggestions.

Daily Routine

Daily Routine

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I’ve adjusted well to Haiti at least I think so. Things seem to have become routine, whether it’s a new problem appearing each day that Emily and I are trying to figure out, dealing with crying babies or laughing hysterically at something one of the kids did.

To date I don’t really have anything to complain about, it’s been a blast so far. The kids sometimes do get under your skin but then 5 minutes later they are doing something ridiculous.

There’s been a lot of progress since I’ve been here. Emily and I and Val have gone over some more rules and are making nice signs for the kids/ staff. I’ve been working on one of the gardens which are filled with rocks and I mean FILLED.

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I spent the past 2 days trying to clear our one of them, at least a section of one at the very least. I think the one part is ready for stuff to be planted… Hopefully something grows. During the whole process of making the garden plant-able I attempted to make a rake… I worked! For like 5 minutes then broke. It was a valiant effort I must say I’m still proud of how I made it with nothing but what was in the yard.

Emily and I have been talking about some things that we can do/ build and save us money; there’s a chicken that roams around our yard, I’ve been telling her it’s got to be laying eggs somewhere where, it has to… right? Well the other day we found a corner where it was laying those eggs. Em and I have talked about making a chicken coop and letting the eggs hatch so we can have lots and lots of chickens. If our plan works as we hope we’ll have free eggs and sometimes chicken to eatJ.

We’ve started to clear out the front yard garden area’s and plan on clearing the back yard which looks like a jungle, and a war zone of garbage… well the garbage isn’t that bad, but still needs some cleaning. We’re… Emily rather is expecting a bunch of volounteers in the next coming weeks and we plan on using them to help clear the yard and make her pretty.

Our electricity has still been troublesome but it’s supposed to be fixed soon. Luckily we have a generator so that we can run the water so we can cook and take showers… cold ones. I have to say I’m still adjusting to the cold showers but hey what ever gets you clean… plus it saves water because I’m in and out in 5 minutes. In Haiti saving water is actually important, if you don’t save it than you run out.

The other day Emily and I discovered some plantains and other fruits in the backyard that we’re not sure what they are; so despite all the hardships and non-sense the shows up every day there are some great things that happen too. With the plantains in the back yard and the garden ready for planting fruits/ vegetables there should be some good money saved (if things grow).

The little girls we picked up Jodline and Jodnice (1yr 2m) are starting to laugh and be lively. When we first picked them up they were pretty lethargic and didn’t like each other much, we’re assuming because they probably had to fight each other for food.  The girls are now laughing and even talking… as much as they can talk for being one. The girls seem to play with each other and are probably the best babies I’ve ever seen. When the girls cry the stop about 15 seconds later, they also love to roam around. They can walk but have to hold onto something.

Today (Dec 5) the kids from the tent city came over to play with our kids.  It’s a lot of fun when they come but things can get kind of crazy. After a while the kids can get to be a handful and things usually start to get out of control at the end of the night so we usually end up sending the kids home.

Today Emily and I sat out on the balcony to eat our dinner because there was no power in the house. Later Emily went to figure out how to turn on the generator since Val the one who usually does it was gone to school. Good news we got it figured it out and I was able to charge my computer and finish my blog for you!

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Sorry about the delay in posts, things here are very relaxed well to an extent but also our daily routine isn’t very exciting I’ve just become accustomed to it. I have to keep remembering it’s not the norm for most people and is rather intriguing to others.

I want to thank everyone for the support to-date with donations or even just the likes on Facebook or views on my blog page.

So far I love it here and definitely see myself coming back in the future. A big thanks to Emily for making me feel welcome and not making me work TOO hard. Although she does make me give her a massage at least once a week :P.

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Emily has started an Indiegogo champagne to raise money for a vehicle. Please check out the site and donate if you can, there’s even perks for how much you donate!

http://www.indiegogo.com/kekontan

**UPDATE** Oh one last thing a friend of Emily has posted a request on Ellen Degeneres’ page requesting assistance, if you guys could click LIKE that would be great.

CLICK & LIKE!

“Play hard or work hard, you’ll be tired either way; the rewards are usually the same”

~Justin Parkinson

Goodbye’s Begin

There’s only 7 days in my way before I leave for Haiti and I have to say I’m very excited. I’m starting to say my goodbye’s especially because today is my last day at work.

A lot of questions are being thrown at me and the one that I find comes up the most is are you afraid? Honestly I’m not, like anything else I go day by day and experience life as it comes because you don’t know which one will be your last; I’m in God’s hands. I like to tell myself that you can’t let fear get in the way of doing things that will make you happy. If there’s one thing I would pass on from my personal experiences pertaining to the question “How are you not afraid?”  is that: you should be happy with the things you’ve done to date, even if in the past you’ve done things that you’re not proud of, it’s probably affected you to become who you are to day and who you will be in the future.

“Where you’re at and who you are today is not who you are now, it’s the person you were in the past.”

Last night 11/19/2012 I went to the “Christmas in Haiti” dinner at Blazin BBQ. I have to say it was delicious and rather satisfying. I guess the turn out was fantastic, around 60 people showed up. Nikki (one of the girls who put on the event) believes that everyone showed up that purchased a ticket which means: presents for the Kids at Maison Ke Kontan!

I’ve done some other updates on my Facebook page about the wristbands that were ordered, I was selling them at $3 each and they were gone in an instant. Here’s the “unveiling” video I recorded.

Emily’s mum will be ordering more bracelets in bulk… actually she already ordered them which is great! If you’re interested in purchasing one or a few, you can shoot me an email or leave a comment.

Email: Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

I also recorded another video of me taking one of my prescriptions to assist with adjusting to the food in Haiti as well prevent Cholera.

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I don’t think I will be posting another blog until next Tuesday when I’m Stuck at the airport waiting… Well you never know I may have a surprise post with all the details on how packing is coming… which I have yet to start. I have a good amount of stuff that was donated and I need to cram into 2 bags. I don’t have much to pack for myself a couple of shirts and shorts and some hygiene stuffz.

Like I said the days are counting down and I’m getting super excited and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you on here keep checking the blog and subscribe!

See you soon Em!

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.

~Alan Watts

Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.

~Henry Ford

Christmas In Haiti

Hey everyone a little more than 20 days before I leave for Haiti I’m so excited!

There’s not too much to report but I’ve had some awesome support to date. I’m still around $400 short towards my goal but I’m still leaving Nov 27th regardless. I am gathering supplies  for the orphanage for when I leave such as:

  • Sheets
  • Cloths
  • Batteries (AA, AAA)
  • Anything else people have to offer

If you’re interested in contributing or even donating money let me know, I’d be happy to come pick up some stuff as long as you’re not too far away. Contact info as usual:

– Cell: 226.345.2951 (Leave a message if needed)
– Email: Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

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Success!

The charity dinner on Thursday night 10/11/12 was a great success, we brought in approximately 110-130 people and raised a ton of money!

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If you’re interested in Hime for Help T-shirts e-mail me at Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

There was a huge surprise for everyone even me! Emily Hime and I had planned a Skype interview and she had message me that she would be running a bit late because she had to feed the kids and had run into traffic. I made an announcement that we would be doing the Skype session and that we were a bit delayed… Elvis, Julia Monk’s dad made an announcement following me that she was “delayed by a plane and here she is!” the door opened and in walked Emily (apparently this had been planned for weeks!). The sheer shock I was in was unreal along with the crowds; well actually I don’t know completely how the crowd reacted because I was in shock Emily had flown in from Haiti to surprise everyone. Emily’s mom rushed up the front in tears of joy getting to see Em. I’m not going to lie I was tearing up myself, it was completely unexpected.

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The night continued on with amazing music from Elvis and his band as well a lot of happy people winning raffles, we had over 25 raffle items it was great. After Elvis we pulled the 50/50 and the surprises continued, the money that was won went straight to Emily yay!

There wasn’t a lot of speeches now that I think of it but I said a few words as well shared some words that Sarah Griffith wished to be passed on to everyone. Emily came up and gave a bit of an update as well which really fulfilled the night.

Two of Rocketships members Bev and Taylor played acoustic and it was amazing! They were giving out their demo’s and people were eating them up… the future looks bright for them; keep it up guys!

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The night continued to be great the guests were having a great time and really enjoyed the music. Emerald Seas played pretty late which koodo’s to them for helping out and sounding fantastic they were great to talk to and work with.

All together Julia and I were very pleased with the night and had a blast setting it up despite the stress when we got there and we were 8 tables short and we still had to add an extra. Another stress incident we ran into was we were waiting for a projector that didn’t seem to be coming but that finally came through at the last-minute… well the last 45 minutes still made us a little crazy.  There’s so many people to thank but the one person I really want to mention is Julia Monk she’s done so much from doing an 8 Hour painting, filming everything possible and just being there as a friend she deserves a lot of credit. Oh yeah and put together the centre pieces I didn’t explain to her before I took off to take care of some other things all while people showed up 45 minutes early SORRY! Another person I want to thank is my mom because of course she helps when I ask and even when I don’t and she’s been pretty supportive despite how crazy it sounds to throw together a charity dinner in… 2 months thanks mom. There are so many more people you know who you are whether you had a major or minor role every little bit helped so THANKS!

So far I’ve raised since the month of May approx $3700. That is not factoring in what I have to pay for the event and the consignment fee’s for the Silent auctions. After a rough calculation we are looking at around $1700 profit and there is still some money to be counted from donation containers!

Future plans to raise money are still up in the air possibly a band night at a venue downtown Windsor. I still want to raise another $800 so fingers crossed; the more money I raise the more I can assist Emily and the Kids at Maison Ke Kontan.

To Donate there’s a donation button on the left sidebar of my blog, as well you can visit www.HimeforHelp.org and there’s a donation button at the top.

Thanks for all the donations to date if you’d like to sponsor a child which is really needed, sending the kids to school is very costly. You can sponsor a kid for only $30 a month depending on the month that’s less than a dollar a day!

“Don’t celebrate success alone, share it with others and they’ll show you the world”

~Justin Parkinson

Counting Down

Times ticking, the Charity dinner is closing in. There’s about a week and half left and I’m getting nervous. I’m sure the event is going to turn out great but throwing all of this together in just under 2 months was a bit challenging but I’ve have a lot of great help.

The silent auction items came in the other day and they look amazing! Hopefully they go to a nice home.

The other day Emily Hime shared a video from her two volounteer’s who assisted her recently. I really found this video moving and it really shows the reality of things. The kids looked like they were having a blast and don’t have nearly as much as we do here.

Most recently I did some more math to figure out when I’d have enough money in my savings from my paycheck’s to cover all my at home bills. The dates I came up with were between November 9th and 23rd. The dates aren’t set in stone but I’m looking towards the week of November 25th. Finger’s crossed all goes well I’ll be there sooner than later :).

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Dinner Oct. 11th only $25 at the Caboto Club in Windsor, you get dinner with lot’s of entertainment! Elvis Tribute & friends, Rocketships and Emerald Seas. There is also going to be a lot of awesome raffles. You can contact me by phone or email. 

Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

226.345.2951

Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

~Saint Francis of Assisi