Spirit of Big Five

Spirit of Big Five and The Bodhi Tree Foundation respond to Haiti disaster

Spirit of Big Five and The Bodhi Tree Foundation respond to Haiti disaster

Stuart, FL  – The Spirit of Big Five Foundation, Big Five Tours & Expeditions’ nonprofit arm, and The Bodhi Tree Foundation, the nonprofit division of JG Blackbook, are proud to support the Edeyo Foundation, working on the ground in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to help affected children and their families. Edeyo is offering medical and mental health programs to children and their families and providing nutritional support where needed. 


There are so many dramatic stories that have come out of this devastating situation.  The Edeyo Foundation school, École du Bel-Air, began with 88 students in one of Port Au Prince’s poorest slums. The school was a refuge for the neighborhood’s children, a guarantee of safety and a warm meal.  Above all, it served as a symbol of hope and promise to the children of Bel-Air, who have lived in the shadow of abject poverty, political unrest, natural disasters, food shortages and gang violence.  


Today the school, which had grown to support over 300 boys and girls, stands in ruins, destroyed by the recent earthquake.  The mission of the Edeyo Foundation is to rebuild Haiti, including École du Bel-Air, from the ground up, and to educate and empower a new generation of Haitians.


“Both Jena (Gardner, co-founder of The Bodhi Tree Foundation) and I are happy to be able to offer matching grants to help support Edeyo as it continues its vital work in Haiti,” said Mahen Sanghrajka, chairman of the Spirit of Big Five Foundation.


The Spirit of Big Five, a 501 3c nonprofit organization, seeks to support small, well-targeted groups and organizations in the fields of conservation, poverty alleviation, education and healthcare in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. For more about the foundation, please visit www.spiritofbigfive.org, or call (800) 244 3483, ext. 2214. 

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