The 900 Project calls out to community

Members of the Fairfield Ludlowe (blue) and Fairfield Warde (red) softball teams gather by home plate before their game at Sturges Park, in a united stand to support The 900 Project, to help the needy in the village of Tilory in Haiti. (Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

Members of the Fairfield Ludlowe (blue) and Fairfield Warde (red) softball teams gather by home plate before their game at Sturges Park, in a united stand to support The 900 Project, to help the needy in the village of Tilory in Haiti.
(Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

Fairfield Ludlowe softball coach Shari Paci shared her experiences with The 900 Project prior to the Falcons game with Fairfield Warde at Sturges Park on May 12, a game that featured both teams wearing specifically designed shirts for the occasion.
“The 900 Project was started last June when I was on a mission’s trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti,” Paci said. “A group of eighteen of us planned a Vacation Bible School for a church in the DR and wanted to make a difference.
“This trip has been going on for over a decade and every year the group crosses the border into a small village in Haiti, called Tilory…We saw most people walking around without shoes, torn clothing and some children with no clothing at all. The village shocked us and changed each and everyone of us forever.
“We spoke with the Pastor and asked how can we help? He said, ‘Well we don’t have running water, or electricity and it hard for families to send their kids to school, but out of everything we need latrines.
“There are 1,000 families living in this village and 900 of them don’t have a bathroom.
“This broke our hearts. Our group took a chance and said, ‘Yes, we will help.’ We came immediately back to America and started a non-profit 501c3 and started raising money.
“Since the summer of 2012, we have raised over $130,000 and built 360 of the 900 latrines. But, we aren’t done yet, 900 latrines is a huge goal and we will not stop until we help everyone in that village.
“I want to challenge you. Who do you compare yourself to? All of us living in Fairfield County are rich beyond belief. We didn’t choose to be born into wealth. Just as the poor in the village of Tilory is made up of people that need hope, and just the bare necessities to survive.
“You can be part of this mission, step up to the plate and help change our world — one latrine at a time.”
There are three ways to donate to The 900 Project: Purchase one complete latrine ($365), which amounts to $1 a day; pledge a monthly donation, suggested $30/month, or make a one time donation of $25, $50, $100, $1,000 or…
Donations can be mailed to: The 900 Project, P.O. Box 5066, Greenwich, CT 06831. Make checks payable to: The 900 Project.

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