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Webcomics for a good cause: Starthrower in Haiti

This Christmas, rather than wracking your head over whether to sink your money into a Droid smartphone or a Blu-ray player or a Burberry scarf, how about giving a small gift to someone in the world that would really change their life? That’s what Daniel Lafrance over at Starthrower in Haiti is doing.

From the site:

Hi, my name is Daniel Lafrance and I’m doing this webcomic to raise funds to sponsor young Haitians adults for high school education.

$600 gives one Haitian the chance to go to high school for a year. This sponsorship is provided by the Starthrower Foundation and includes school fees, school supplies, uniforms including shoes, socks, underwear, transportation if necessary,tutoring, drop in centre, hygiene products, medical and dental support, potable water and when available food sacks.

I’m also creating this webcomic to raise awareness of the great work the Starthrower Foundation is doing in Haiti. I was drawn to them because of the philosophy behind their actions – they seek SOCIAL JUSTICE, not just charity. They are a small foundation with no big money sponsors and they rely on donations from people like you and me to make a real difference in the lives of the people they serve. They provide financial support for more than a hundred Haitians who want an education. Due to limited funds however, they cannot provide sponsorship for education to all who come.

Donations are accomplished through CanadaHelps, “Canada’s only donation portal that provides access to all of Canada’s 80,000 charities, from national organizations like national cancer charities to smaller groups like local animal shelters and soup kitchens.” FYI, donations are quantified in Canadian dollars, and you’re going to need at least a credit card. (There was not an option for Paypal.)

Starthrower in Haiti is based on a story written in 1969 by anthropologist Loren Eiseley. Like the original, the webcomic begins with a man observing someone, a boy, throwing starfish into the sea.

“Surely you realize there are miles of beach and thousands of starfish,” the observer says. “You’ll never throw them all back, there are too many! You can’t possibly make a difference!”

“It made a difference for that one,” the boy replies.

The illustrations of Starthrower in Haiti are lovely, and the story has a soul. Check it out some time, and think, perhaps, about opening your heart and sending a child off to a brighter future.

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About El Santo

Somehow ended up reading and reviewing almost 300 different webcomics. Life is funny, huh? Despite owning two masks, is not actually a luchador.

Posted on December 11, 2009, in The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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