Dolphins defensive back Michael Thomas knows that whenever he gets thirsty during practice, a drink is never more than a few yards away.
He wishes a similar arrangement were true for those he just visited.
Thomas and his wife, Gloria, were part of a contingent that traveled to Haiti as part of a Food for the Hungry effort to bring water to areas that currently consider it one of the most precious commodities.
“I saw their needs, which was their communities and villages that didn’t have access to water,” Thomas said. “They’re walking two-plus miles daily, sometimes twice a day, just to even get water, and that’s to eat, cook, clean, drink.”
If that sounds difficult, the details of those treks sound worse.
“We literally saw kids and women, if they’re up in the villages, they would walk two-plus miles down a mountain, put gallons and buckets of water on their head, and walk up a mountain just to get back home.”
Thomas took special note of the children doing it (“So they’re not in school”).
Thomas considered his initial trip to Haiti a fact-finding mission, although there was an element of action attached. He ended up sponsoring a 15-year-old girl, allowing her to re-enroll in school, after her family had been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. He plans to return to the island and help Food for the Hungry devise a plan to lay pipes and bring water to those remote areas, halting those back-breaking treks. Their goal is to raise $100,000.
“That’s going to affect these communities and villages for decades, for generations,” he said.
To assist Michael Thomas’ efforts to raise funds for Food for the Hungry and bring water to needy areas in Haiti, click here. To learn more about the water crisis in Haiti, click here.
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