Thankful for Education

2016-11-23T16:24:33+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Mission Trips, Partners, sponsors, Volunteers|

A reflection from a recent mission trip. Sitting on a bench with sweat dripping down my back and mosquitoes attacking my ankles, I feel no discomfort while listening to the sounds of 200 children at recess. It brings great joy. The opportunity for education is so often undervalued in our comfortable lives in the United States. In the US we have lost the appreciation of the gift of  knowledge in our schools. The futures LOVE Takes Root are impacting with education, is humbling. It is not unnoticed on these children and the Haitian people. They have a deep respect for [...]

Volunteer Spot Light

2016-10-19T12:53:54+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Volunteers|

Matt Hanson  Matt has volunteered his time these last 6 months with LOVE Takes Root,  to be trainer for Roots Runner. He posts weekly workouts to bring our dedicated runners pounding the pavement to make a difference in the lives of children, to the finish line. Roots Runners are competing in the October 16  IMT Des Moines Marathon and 1/2 Marathon. Many are new to the sport and their passion to Run with a purpose, Run for a cause has been supported by Matt. Matt is a professional triathlete and still takes time in his life to serve others. He [...]

Mission Trip Sports Camp

2016-10-19T12:53:54+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Mission Trips, sponsors, Volunteers|

LOVE Takes Root just returned from a wonderful week of sports and medicine!  We had eight high school students, two college students, parents, a dermatologist, orthopedic surgeon, nurses and two basketball back boards! The Parks and Norris families had a sports bag for each child. It contained a shirt for camp, different colors for different groups, a pair of tennis shoes, underwear, socks, water bottle and a volleyball! Every morning they worked on a different sport. They loved American Football and Basketball. The Wolfe family was also present: Grandmother, Daughter and 2 grandchildren. They were celebrating the lives of their [...]

Inspiration for the Future

2016-05-24T08:51:56+00:00 May 24th, 2016|Partners, sponsors, Volunteers|

Last week some board members of  LOVE Takes Root went to the Okoboji Middle School to hear a presentation and accept a donation from two groups of 5th grade students. They had an assigned  project that needed action. Both groups choose to help other children who did not have as many opportunities as they did. The one group chose to collect shoes.  La Concorde has been in need of shoes and this is not a one time need. They learned about the shoes by connecting with LTR and learning what the needs were. Then they got organized and collected gently [...]

Partnership Denver School of Nursing and LTR

2016-10-19T12:53:54+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|Partners, Volunteers|

This is a reprinted article talks about the partnership with LTR and DSN. Enjoy. Denver School of Nursing Students Give 400 Hours of Healthcare to Haitian Orphans Denver School of Nursing Six Denver School of Nursing (DSN) students, accompanied by a DSN faculty member, provided 10 days of pediatric care and community health education in a Haitian orphanage and mountain clinic with the nonprofit, LOVE Takes Root (www.lovetakesroot.org), said Marguerite Distel, RN, DSN assistant professor (www.denverschoolofnursing.edu). “Every quarter, DSN students engage in service-learning globally as part of their participation in our nursing college’s Global Health Perspectives (GHP) program,” said Distel, [...]

Heeding Haiti’s Call

2016-10-19T12:53:54+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Mission Trips, Partners, sponsors, Volunteers|

This was first published in DMU Alumni Magazine April 6, 2016.  Heeding Haiti’s call April 6, 2016 — Barb Boose A WARM AND WONDERFUL PLACE: Rick Wilkerson, D.O.80, and his wife, Barbara, rallied resources and like-minded supporters to move an orphanage from Port-au-Prince to a new facility near Haiti’s southern coast. Rick Wilkerson, D.O.’80, didn’t need Haiti to fulfill his passion for overseas medicine. After all, he’s provided health care and medical training regularly since 1991 in nations ranging from Afghanistan to Vietnam as well as the United States. But when a planned trip to Afghanistan was canceled in 2010, [...]

Care for yourself while caring for others

2016-10-19T12:53:54+00:00 April 7th, 2016|sponsors, Volunteers|

Excited to introduce our newest activity at LOVE Takes Root. The Roots Runners. LOVE Takes Root (LTR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating the future of children worldwide.  We help children around the world facing dire circumstances by delivering basic aid, education and the seeds for a sustainable future.  In 2011, we were called to Haiti where we have relocated and rebuilt an orphanage reduced to rubble by the 2010 earthquake.  For sustainability, we have also built a primary school, medical/dental clinic, and are presently building a secondary school. LOVE Takes Root is an Iowa-based volunteer-led grassroots organization that [...]

Plane Reflections

2016-10-19T12:53:55+00:00 April 3rd, 2016|Mission Trips, Partners, sponsors, Volunteers|

As the facilitator of LOVE Takes Root I have a lot of trips back and forth to Haiti. Which means I have a lot of time setting on a plane. Below I will share some of my plane reflections from my trip back this past week. As I compare the despair and sadness leaving La Concorde Orphanage in Port-Au-Prince in 2011 with the love and smiles I have while leaving La Concorde in Jacmel in 2016, it seems like such a quick journey. Although at the time having the knowledge of children with no clean water, food, shelter or healthcare made [...]

Haiti Time

2016-10-19T12:53:55+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Mission Trips, Partners, sponsors, Volunteers|

I am writing this as I look at the beautiful water crashing on the shores of Jacmel.  This is the second week of a mission and teaching trip to La Concorde, the orphanage,school and clinic that partners with LTR. Haiti time had a whole new meaning this March visit. In the past  Haiti has followed day light savings time. So they would be on  Eastern Standard Time.  This year however a decision was made not to "spring ahead".  This would not be a big deal if they had told the world clock and the airlines. SO if you use your [...]

Growing Pains

2016-10-19T12:53:55+00:00 March 19th, 2016|Mission Trips, Partners, sponsors, Volunteers|

On our blog we do not only want to give you a glimpse of mission trips and project status, but a journey with LOVE Takes Root as an organization. As the facilitator I am learning with you and gaining insight daily. Growth is often measured in size. We weigh and measure a baby often to document their growth. We measure the number of employees to define the growth of a new business. We visualize the growth of the tree as it reaches for the sky. We talk about the growth of a person in wisdom and knowledge. You hear many talk [...]

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