Can you run Ragnar and make a difference? You absolutely can!
I just got back from the Dominican Republic, and shot this video of what our Ragnar team was able to do:
In a nutshell, last year, Servants Heart Ministry‘s donations were down, so they had a tough decision- do they A) still serve chicken, rice, and beans for their meals, but stop feeding as many kids in Santiago, Dominican Republic, or B) feed as many kids, but cut out the chicken. Rob (my good friend, SHM co-founder, and one of our runners) told me the story of the time he had to be the person at the end of the food line, and had the difficult job of telling a grandmother that they didn’t have enough food for her grandchild- basically, that they had to turn her away and the child would have to go hungry. So the decision was made- the kids would lose the chicken, but at least the same number of kids would have something until donations came back up.
So, we set a goal of raising $2,675 (the cost of chicken for one month for the kids in the program), so all the kids can have chicken (and the much needed protein it provides)- and we hit it!
One of the most moving times came when the food was served. It’s hard for us to imagine, but if you have food for 93 kids, you don’t have enough food for 94. Kids from around the neighborhood came by, and even though I’m sure they were hungry, they said, “no program, no program”. They wanted to be honest and not take the food that was meant for kids who had been sponsored. My wife had to go inside the house for awhile because that was so moving- both because it was so sad the kids couldn’t eat, and so moving that 8 and 9-year-old kids were honest despite their hunger. Luckily, we’d gone to a store the day before and loaded up on a rare treat- Oreos- and were able give those to the ‘non-program’ kids. It wasn’t as nutritious as the chicken, rice, and beans, but at least it was something. (If you do want to help sponsor that 94th or 95th child in the village of Esperanza, you can do so here).