After the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010, 18 year old Morgan Weinberg decided instead of joining her friends in partying after graduating high school, she needed to go to Haiti and help. And 5 years on, she's still there. She began working in one particular orphanage, where the woman running the facility was beating children, selling them and when sick - leaving them to die. Morgan soon realised that many of the children actually did have families, but their parents, in desperation and after the promises of healthcare and education the woman had made, had given their children up in the hope they would have a better life.
Since then, Morgan has set up Little Footprints, Big Steps where she runs a safe house for children and provides them with tutoring, family outreach, vocational training and child advocacy, with the intention of them eventually returning home. Morgan gave up her life in Whitehouse, Yukon to live in Haiti which she now claims is "home" and "where she will live for the rest of her life".
Little Footsteps, Big Steps receives no government funding and relies on donations. Having visited Whitehorse myself, and having heard about the incredible life commitment of Morgan, i was inspired by her. Morgan is an honoured recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross Medal, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General of Canada Academic Awards, Yukon Commissioner Award, recognized in Washington, DC as a finalist for the Berger-Marks Foundation for Young Women Impacting Social Justice and was awarded the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award for Humanitarian Impact. She was a key note speaker at the 2013 United Nations Youth Assembly.
These funds will go directly to the Little Footsteps, Big Steps Charity to encourage Morgan to continue to grow her organisation (which employs a number of locals). Donations go to training staff, paying rent for safe houses, recreational activities, purification of water, electricty etc.
Thank you for your generosity