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Local charity grows, members ask for more help to help Haiti

Colleton’s newest international charity, Haiti#All-In, is continuing to make trips abroad, with local residents helping to build a medical clinic and delivering products donated by Colleton residents and businesses.
The most recent occurred last month, when charity founder Cal Griffin went to the Haitian village, Z’Orange. This community was ravaged by the 2015 earthquake and has since been the primary focus of local missionaries involved in the local charity.
Griffin and his wife, Prissy, along with several friends, founded the Haiti#All-In charity. With the group’s one-year anniversary approaching, the list of accomplishments thus far is stacking up: the charity is creating a medical clinic for the Z’Orange village and are delivering clothes, toys, and goods to orphans in the village.
Most recently, the group also gave the children in this village basketball goals. They also delivered female sanitation products and other hygiene products, all of which were donated by local businesses.
All of the group’s current efforts to help the people of Haiti began about three years ago when a mission group from First Baptist Church in Walterboro went to the third-world country for a Christian-based visit. Since then, Colletonians Tami Odum, Caroline Hooker, and Cal Griffin have gone multiple times, delivering dresses, food, and to work on the construction of the clinic. Recently, the Griffins closed their longtime business, Griffin Jewelers, to give them more time to focus on the Haitian village and their charity work.
“As we approach our first year in existence, HAITI#ALL-IN’S vision has become clearer and more vivid,” said Cal Griffin. “Our mission is to involve folks from the Lowcountry with the help of local Churches doing ‘Hands on Missions’ in Haiti.”
According to Griffin, the most recent trip took 16 people from five different churches. “While we were in Haiti, we did many Women’s Hygiene Clinics, many VBS type events at Churches, schools and a Voodoo Village,” he said. “We went Hut to Hut to evangelize the gospel and we also did a construction clinic at the Mission House.”
Griffin says it is a “blessing” to see how the lives of those Colleton residents who are going to Haiti are being changed.
“I’m not sure that I’ve ever reached such a quiet, reflective, and inspiring time with God as I did in Haiti,” said Dr. Brianne Gallagher, who attended the recent trip to Haiti. “Remove the cell phones, the husband, and four kids, the career, the never-ending “to-do” list, the planner…and you have nothing left but your Bible, pen, and paper. If I ever got close to seeing His face…it was while I was sitting in the quiet place under the avocado tree.
“Sometimes God needs to take us far out of our comfort zones in order to hear His voice more clearly.”
Colleton resident and former Colleton County School Board member John Barnes also attended the recent mission trip. He, too, is already planning his second mission trip. His wife, Robin Barnes, helped to heal children who are suffering from infections and from the consequences of untreated ringworm.
“I had the privilege and great joy to go to Z’Orange,” she said. “We stayed in a mission house with a generator powered lights and fans. To take a shower you had to turn the water spigot on and pull a cord for the water to come out. We walked hut to hut ministering and held women’s hygiene clinics, built cabinets in the kitchen of the mission house and in some cases I treated a few sick people.
“ I saw a little boy with ringworm all over his bottom and down his right leg. Most of the areas were severely infected. A baby, Jen, put her hand in very hot water and had second-degree burns … the area had developed an infection. I taught her mother how to clean it with soap and water and apply Neosporin ointment and bandage it twice a day,” she said.
“These people do not have access to health care. There is no pharmacy, no doctors, no clinics, nothing. My heart has been broken. As a nurse and especially as a mother, I cannot fathom the sickness that leads to death for these people,” said Robin Barnes.
Griffin says the needs of the Haitian people are still “great.” The local charity is continuing to focus on the people of Z’Orange. They are still working locally to raise funds to continue to build the medical clinic. Currently, those living in this village must walk for two days to access the closest medical clinic, he said.
“Simple medicines and basic treatment could save the lives of thousands,” he said. “Also, we believe that education is the key to a better life in Z’Orange. For less than a dollar a day, someone can sponsor a child and give the gift of education and at least one hot meal a day to a hungry child.”
Griffin and others in the group are asking Colleton residents to pray and to make a monetary donation to the local charity. Anyone interesting in going to Haiti can also do so by contacting Griffin. For more information, or to make a donation, contact Griffin at 843-908-2101 or email info@haitiallin.org. Donations can be mailed to HAITI#ALLIN c/o Cal Griffin, 689 Bells Highway, Walterboro, S.C. 29488.
“We might not be able to change the country of Haiti-but thru Christ we are changing the Village of Z’Orange,” he said.  

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