When I’m not solving IT issues or fixing random things that break around the GrubHub.com offices, volunteering is something that is close to my heart. On Jan. 6, I traveled to Haiti with my fiancée Janice for a week-long trip as a Little By Little volunteer worker. Little By Little is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help provide ongoing health care and health education to the Haitian people in Gramothe.
This trip was my first time going and the fourth time Janice went. Most of my work was helping out Janice in the pharmacy. Our 23-member team helped treat people for malnutrition and disease out of a small clinic in Gramothe, Haiti. I have to give a special thanks to the GrubHub team for collecting all those Whole Foods bags — they really came in handy when distributing medical supplies to the villagers.
The day before our scheduled departure back to the states, we found ourselves in the midst of the massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country. Thankfully, there were no injuries among our entire group. The compound where we were staying was about three miles away from the earthquake’s epicenter, but the grounds were strong enough to withstand the shock waves.
After the quake had hit, the team of Little By Little volunteers, which included trained nurses and other volunteers, piled into the back of a pickup truck and rushed to the only local hospital, Baptist Haiti Mission. Words cannot describe this experience. We walked down a 200 ft long corridor that was lined with injured people and joined the only two doctors in a makeshift emergency room. In the wards, patients were put two or three to a bed.
While there, I helped disperse the medical supplies that we had brought. The hospital had limited resources and the additional supplies really came in handy at such an urgent time. The team continued to work through the night, even after a large aftershock shook the building.
The devastation in Port-Au-Prince was even more staggering. The city was completely buried under concrete and rubble, with thousands of people displaced from their homes. It saddens me to think about the people still trapped underneath. People in the city had also begun settling on any open land they could find and setting up makeshift tents to sleep in.
The people of Haiti will need as much help as they can get as they begin rebuilding their country. Little By Little will continue its efforts in Haiti long after the earthquake relief efforts end. To help the organization continue its mission, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, GrubHub.com will donate all the change from each online order to Little By Little. For example, a total order of $10.62 would yield 62 cents in relief money.
Our hearts and thoughts are with the earthquake victims in Haiti, and GrubHub.com hopes our contribution to the relief will help make a difference.
For more information or to donate to Little By Little, visit littlebylittlehaiti.org.