FFF became involved with Six Degrees of Separation in 2017. The organization was founded by a group of women following the January 2010 earthquake that caused severe devastation in Haiti. After realizing first hand the negative side of bureaucracy that can happen with large scale charitable efforts, the women decided to take matters into their own hands to affect change in the areas that they felt needed it the most –youth and education. These women understood that quality education was desperately needed to provide a key factor to lead to greater opportunities for these young peoples’ future. Their efforts through Six Degrees are focused on holistically helping 68 young children in the rural, impoverished town of La Biche, Haiti.
FFF’s commitment to Six Degrees came through Sam, one of FFF’s board members, who has a personal connection to one of the founders of Six Degrees. Sam has a close friendship with a man named Osnel (Oz as he is called), a Haitian native, who
moved to Iowa with his family in the 1990’s. Oz is friends with a woman named Jane and it was the two of them who came up with “brain child” of starting a school in La Biche, Haiti (where Oz is from).
Six Degrees of Separation touches at the heart of what FFF believes in – working to solve education issues on a scale that is tangible and effective and also one to which we have a close, personal connection.