BELTON — Guinsley’s mother died when he was 5 years old. Living in Haiti, the young boy depended on his father to care for him. However, living in a Third-World country meant Guinsley, who goes by only one name, had many challenges to overcome in his everyday life.
“In order for him to have a change of (lifestyle) when poverty is really bad, we provided him a full education and loving caretakers to guide and raise him,” said Jeff Pedigo, director of communications for Hope for the Hungry.
With guidance from the local nonprofit, Guinsley, 23, is now a college student in Haiti studying civil engineering. He’s volunteering with the nonprofit, giving back to his native country and helping children who are like him.
“(Guinsley) is just one example of the impact the local nonprofit has made in the Third-World country,” Pedigo said.
To continue their efforts, the nonprofit is hosting a “Taste of Hope” fundraiser Thursday at Frosti Cones.
“They’ve got the best snow cones in Bell County, by far,” said Pedigo, adding the family-oriented event will feature activities such as board games if it rains and potato sack races and kickball if the weather is good.
Founded in 1982, the nonprofit’s goal is to “Share the Bread of Life with a Starving World.” In the past 30 years, it has opened and continued to support three schools and two orphanages in Haiti, Pedigo said.
With 10 percent of sales throughout the fundraiser donated to the nonprofit, Pedigo said the event is more of an awareness builder to let the community know about its local and global efforts for children.
“It’s really just a fun thing to do for the community,” he said.