Country singer Brad Paisley stops in Cincinnati this Thursday as part of his nationwide summer tour. Ticket sales for his concerts will be helping Haiti.
Every ticket sold is a one dollar donation to the charity LiveBeyond, which provides food, water and medical care in Haiti. Paisley and his wife Kimberly are both active in helping the charity both financially and as volunteers.
Just five ticket sales can provide a family in Haiti with food that can last a month. Food and clean water are desperately needed to sustain families as they try to rebuild their agriculture.
LiveBeyond says it “has committed to easing this suffering by providing bags of rice and beans at our medical clinics, to ensure that the sickest of the sick are able to continue living through this period of starvation.” The charity also helps support small farmers so they can increase their food production.
Haiti is struggling to recover from a series of disasters, most recently storms and drought. Over half of the population suffers from hunger. Around 1.5 million people in Haiti suffer from severe hunger.
At a recent fundraiser Kimberly Williams-Paisley said, “The phrase you hear most often in the LiveBeyond Mobile clinics is ‘Mwen grangou’ or I am hungry.”
Lack of food stunts growth in children and prevents them from learning in school. Lack of nutrition at an early age can cause physical and mental damage that cannot be reversed. Food can break the cycle of malnutrition and give Haitians a chance to build their lives.