I'm sure you all saw this coming, me making my best friend this week's Woman Crush Wednesday. But it's not for the reasons you're probably thinking. I'm not being biased when I tell you that Alyssa Renée is truly a phenomenal, kindhearted, God-fearing woman. Oh, let me (briefly) count the ways she's amazing... For starters, she's probably the most motivated and driven individual I've ever met in life. Her ability to spread positivity despite the circumstances is unmatched, and her spirit is one that the world needs to experience. And not to mention, almost 18 years of friendship is starting to rub off on her because the slayage is here to stay!! But, most importantly, I have the honor to call her my bestest friend and my sister.
Back in September, Alyssa embarked on a two-week journey to Haiti to do God's work. The mission was to help people that are tremendously less fortunate than us live a better life, especially children. Many of them don't have the opportunity to stay with their families due to a deficit in finances, or miss the opportunity to attend school with the closest one being hours away in the mountains; not to mention with their lack of exposure, they only speak French or Creole and often times cannot communicate with individuals who also embark on this journey to assist them.
For those of you that follow her on social media, you know Alyssa eagerly announced that this year, she's been granted a greater opportunity to return to Haiti to continue efforts with the organization she previously ventured on the journey with last year. But this go-round, her trip will be approximately half a year from July to December! During this time, Alyssa will work as a consultant for Frontier Projects Haiti where one of her greater tasks will be teaching English in the orphanage and adult training center built and funded by FP.
Being that I'm with her everyday, I can honestly say I've seen the change in her. Her heart is gold and overfilled with joy now that she's found her life purpose. Her experience in Haiti has completely humbled her beyond explanation. She's so completely eager to continue to help the people of this community.
With that being said, what I ask of you all is assistance in whichever way you know how, whether it be financially or spiritually. This isn't me coming to you to seek help for my friend, it's me seeking help for people that are in dire need; people who aren't given the opportunity to strive for greatness or even the bare minimum to live a somewhat decent life. Every dollar, every prayer counts. I speak for us both when I say whatever you contribute is greatly appreciated. For more explicit details on her trip (both past and future), as well as ways to donate funds to her communal efforts, go view her blog: Creatively Biased.