Tell us your inspirational story about how you overcame adversity to achieve a specific goal or dream.

Coming from a country where basic needs cannot be met and 25% of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day, I have always felt the urge to help my homeland. After a powerful earthquake shattered the country in 2010, I knew I had to help. I got in contact with various non- profit organizations in Haiti on how to help and from there I began placing boxes around my school to collect supplies. An accumulation of small donations became a ton of supplies to be shipped to these organizations in Haiti. The effect that this experience had on me inspired me to do more. A few months later, I decided to travel to Haiti during the summer and volunteer at a pediatric hospital. The moment I arrived, I felt my heart was pounding out of my chest. Witnessing the faces of desperate parents seeking medical attention for their children made me recognize the importance of my presence as a volunteer. Pacing the halls of the hospital, I was in complete shock and disbelief; tears were rolling down my face. With so much to do and so many children to attend to, the day went by really fast. Amid the chaos, I took a step back and immediately realized that volunteering at a hospital was exactly where I needed to be. Despite the overwhelming emotions I felt, I was determined to stay and make an impact. My responsibilities consisted of attending to the infants needs which included, feeding them, changing their diapers, and simply loving them. This hospital became my second home for the summer. The most challenging part was to show up every day with a positive mindset in order to provide a little bit of hope to these sad faces. Once this summer experience was over I could not help but think that there was more that needed to be done for this special place. I continued my donation program at school and regularly send packages to the pediatric hospital in Haiti. I understand the impact that these moments had on the Haitian children and I had done something for others rather than myself.

Anais from Florida
High School Senior
Divine Savior Academy

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