Planting Peace Loses Orphanage Donor Because of Its LGBT Advocacy
South Florida-based nonprofit Planting Peace has lost funding from a donor for one of their orphanages in Haiti because of the group's affiliation and support of the LGBT community.
The group, founded by Aaron Jackson and John Dieubon in 2004, was a feature story by New Times in 2005. Since that time, it's helped countless homeless children throughout Haiti and India and has been a leader in helping deworm children in places like Haiti.
In March 2013, the group made some noise when it gloriously trolled the Westboro Baptist Church bigots with its rainbow-colored Equality House.
But now, according to a donation page the group has put up, a key donor's disagreement with its gay and lesbian advocacy has decided to no longer help an orphanage in Haiti.
"Because of a donor's disagreement with our LGBTQ advocacy work and affiliations, they recently cancelled their funding of our orphanage in Haiti. We plead for your support so we can continue to provide quality care to these children."
Planting Peace, which has garnered the attention of CNN and the media the world over, has set a goal of raising $18,000 with 100 percent of the donations going to help the orphanage with housing and nutrition.
As of this writing, the page has raised $1,070.
"We try to line up a sponsor for every orphanage. Each doesn't cost the same amount, but we try to line up a sponsor whether it be a church or foundation, and then we try to sponsor out each kid individually," Jackson told New Times.
The group has so far planted four orphanages throughout Haiti, including one for orphans diagnosed with HIV.
You can read Jackson's touching personal account on how he got involved with the campaign to help deworm children here.
If you wish to donate to the cause and save the Haitian orphanage, you can go here.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss New Times Broward-Palm Beach's biggest stories.
- Like Humans of New York, Blog Profiles Ordinary Broward County Residents
Sun., Aug. 2, 1:05pm
Tue., Aug. 4, 6:35pm
Wed., Aug. 5, 6:35pm
Thu., Aug. 6, 6:35pm
- Artist's "Pop-Up Church of Scientology" Features Naked Tom Cruise Statue
- Gov. Scott: We Are Investigating Planned Parenthood Offices in Florida