This time the spotlight lands on a board member who accurately describes herself as a behind-the-scenes person. Sonya Mire is a beautiful woman, full of humility and heart. I had the opportunity to sit down for lunch with her Wednesday, and I would like to share her story of HOP involvement with you.
Sonya, a Tennessee native, worked in Asheville as a quality engineer before moving to Knoxville to care for her mother after a debilitating stroke in 2005, and she has been here ever since. In 2006, Sonya volunteered for the Haitian Student Sponsorship Drive, attributing her initial involvement to her brother Dr. Dean Mire (HOP Medical Chair), saying, “his telling photographs and passionate stories of conditions in Haiti infected me with a desire to help in whatever capacity I could.”
In 2007, She was asked to be the Education Chair for the board and although not sure of what she was getting herself into, she accepted. Since then, she has traveled to Haiti twice and will return this year to take more photographs for the sponsorship drive. Her management of the sponsorship program has helped to fund the education and food for 1500 school children each year!
In the future she hopes to visit Bouli, to work more with the vocational school, to build stronger relationships in Boucan Carre, and to have volunteer partners to help her implement educational program ideas.
Thank you, Sonya, for all of your hard work. HOP has been blessed to have you.
Would you like to help Sonya with the sponsorship drive? Do you feel compelled to help in another arena? We would gladly have you! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.
As Sonya says, “there is a ton to do!”