David Lechter

“For my Bar-Mitzvah, two years ago, I wanted to do a sort of project that would help those in need. I raised money and was able to buy fifteen tablets for a school in Haiti. This experience made me feel so good, I knew that I couldn’t stop there. So, a couple of months ago, I went on a trip to Haiti. This wasn’t an ordinary “vacation”, but we went to Haiti for a specific purpose. We went to deliver over two-hundred whiteboards on behalf of the Haiti Education Foundation. When the children received these whiteboards, their immediate joy was something unexplainable. This inspired me to go even further and do even more. After Hurricane Matthew, Haiti was completely destroyed, and I wanted to help the same way I did before. It was more than just what I wanted, I felt the obligation to help. I started a “GoFundMe” page for the supplies to build a roof at the same school I delivered the whiteboards at, and that raised $3000 which allowed me to go back and help. In Haiti, I realized how privileged we are to live here. These people find happiness in a poor and crowded life. The school system is very bad, food is of bare minimum, and trash is burned on the streets, but somehow, these people find a way to smile and appreciate the non-materialistic aspects of life like family and culture. One day, I want to go back to Haiti and help out more. This experience truly changed me to be more appreciative, and it is something I will hold onto for the rest of my life.”

– David Lechter, 9th Grade Student

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