While most Americans enjoy the August sun and surf, ice cream, and good times at backyard barbeques, a small group of men from New Hope Church travelled to a remote village in Haiti and helped bring comfort and joy to hundreds of orphaned children.
School Resource Officer Mario Colorado, along with two pastors, two other police officers, three retired military colonels, and Army veteran, a civil engineer, an aerospace scientist, a budget analyst and a college student spent six days in harsh, unsanitary conditions, where their service and contributions changed lives forever.
The volunteer team brought their own tools and supplies and worked hot, hard, long 10 hour days. The village had no electricity, no running water and no toilets. Several group members, including Officer Colorado, fell ill. One volunteer had to be hospitalized in Port Au Prince, Haiti’s capital, where he saw many being treated for gunshot and stab wounds. Despite illnesses and stifling heat and humidity, the team continued working and building. Eventually, they completed seven projects while at the orphanage: A new roof over the orphanage’s cafeteria and multi-purpose room, a new gate (supplying increased security) at the front entrance, a new clothes line with plastic-coated steel cable (the former line was decaying barbed wire), a swing set (many had never seen a swing), two heavy-duty soccer goals, and provided new mattresses and built sturdy new shelves with hangers, and brought two wheelchairs for disabled children.
In the end, the group returned home with a renewed sense of profound gratitude for their own lives and gifts and recollected “To whom much is given, much is expected.”
Service at home and around the globe; officers make a difference.