As you know, Martha and I are currently making preparations to leave for Haiti and begin our work there. Along with supporting raising, this time of preparation includes participating in some trainings that will help us do our jobs better once we arrive in country. We want to be at the top of our game when we arrive in Haiti to provide the best support possible to the stellar staff World Concern already has there, so we are excited about the opportunity to hone our skills now.
Last week I (Austin) started an online grant writing course called “A to Z Grant Writing” through a local community college. One of my responsibilities as Communications Liaison will be to assist the local staff in preparing grant proposals with the goal of building their capacity in this area. World Concern is doing some great work in Haiti and in order for that to continue we need to consistently seek out funding. I have some experience with public and private grants through an internship I did last year with another organization, so I hope this course will provide me with a deeper understanding of the grant writing process. We are currently in lesson two and I have already learned a lot! So I am confident that this course will prepare me well for my future role of supporting my Haitian colleagues in putting together top notch proposals.
I wanted to thank each of you for your support because without it, participating in trainings such as this grant writing course would not be possible. Your investment in Martha and I now will truly make a difference in our ability to serve well in Haiti. So thank you for being a part of the transformational work going on in Haiti!