What could be done from a small town in northwest Iowa? Lots! With a newfound awareness of these issues and needs, several people jumped in and got to work. Plates, bowls, and spoons were gathered so that each child in the orphanage could have their own. Fifty soft and colorful fleece blankets were embroidered with the names of each child, gifting the children with their first comforting possession. Lastly, paper, pencils, colored pencils, and pencil sharpeners were purchased to give the children something constructive to do. All of this was made possible through generous donations made by people who wanted to make a difference. The community rallied and, in the end, Dr. Rick was able to bring all of the items to Haiti to blanket the children in the orphanage with love.
From that start, LOVE Takes Root was born of a group of people back in Iowa organizing and planning a way to help this orphanage. The team is composed of educators, financial experts, medical personnel, realtors, small business owners, farmers, college students, lawyers, and community volunteers. Together, the team identified the need to cultivate the future of Children worldwide. The team started on a 501 (3) c and defined goals of sustainable resources for clean water, food, shelter, with a value of education. The first project for LOVE Takes Root was identified in Haiti.
An LTR Board was formed and work started by a large group of dedicated volunteers. Many mentoring trips to Haiti were started in June 2011. The goal of having a partnership, not in country leadership, was realized.
A unique component of LOVE Takes Root projects is our hope and expectation that each project, upon attaining self-sustainability, provides whatever financial support it can to the next LOVE Takes Root project. We hope to build a chain of communities across the world that is united in their desire to help children in need, wherever they may be.