Upon discovering their shared passion to inspire and mentor youth worldwide, both women vowed to remain in touch and even went as far as to assert their plans to travel with a volunteer group to Haiti within a year.
Divinely holding up their respective ends of the agreement, Henry and Nash carried out two mission trips, including a team of eight women and teen girls, to Carries, Haiti in December 2017, and again, last week, in February 2018.
#justlikethat, the Atlanta-based organization, Atlanta4Haiti, was birthed.
Atlanta4Haiti is comprised of a group of local, innovative, and philanthropic female millennials seeking to connect the communities and youth of Atlanta and Haiti by way of executing creative, inventive, and empowering outreach initiatives.
Since the completion of its first mission trip, in which the team assessed the immediate needs of local Haitian villages, orphanages, and schools, Atl4Haiti has garnered the support, as well as sponsorships, from several Atlanta businesses and partners who share a common interest in purposefully and resourcefully rallying for global change.
Their most recent partnership with Atlanta’s Girl Power Hour Radio, a radio platform focused in connecting, encouraging, and motivating women, drew together a dedicated team of female influencers–including teen girls–set on traveling the world to enhance and effectuate positive transformation in human lives and experiences.
The valiant trek, which fittingly took place during Black History month, was centered in serving, communing, and providing over 100 care packages to men, women, and children in Haiti.
In addition to #spreadingthelove, the ladies designed and conducted workshops for Haitian teens on self-love, confidence building, self-expression, and sisterhood, courageously setting a fresh standard for redefining, restructuring and reshaping the ways in which women uplift and champion one another … talk about #trueblackgirlmagic!
The Atl4Haiti team (Meagan Henry (founder), Christy Curtis, Brittney Harrington, Amber Green, Ciera Freeman, Paige Malcom, Britnee Alphin, Jae Nash, Pam Whitfield, Matika Holmes, and Carine Dorlus) doesn’t intend on slowing its philanthropic efforts anytime soon.
Having already joined with other organizations such as The Atlanta Voice, Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders, Who Is The Plug, Wil 2Way Foundation, and local Atlanta schools, Atl4Haiti has, and continues, to create and implement unique initiatives which include a youth pen pal club, teen leadership programs, cheerleading camps, donation drives (clothes, hygiene products, school supplies, art/crafts, etc.), and annual volunteer trips to Haiti.
Still a grassroot, yet, growing organization, Atl4Haiti places ongoing efforts in seeking out meaningful partnerships, sensible sponsors, and spiritually-inclined volunteers who wish to work together to build a bridge for which resources, information, and culturally-rich experiences can be exchanged directly between the people of Atlanta and Haiti.
For more information on how you can get involved, visit the Atl4Haiti website, atlanta4haiti.com, or follow the movement on IG @atl4haiti.