3 YEARS AGO BECAUSE OF YOU WE WERE ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE
I was thinking about the first mission HASF completed today. In 2013 Typhoon Haiyan swept across the southern half of the Philippines leaving a path of destruction and taking the lives of 10,000 men, women, and children.
I had just retired from Military Contracting full time and was starting to settle in to my new life stateside when I saw the devastation on TV. I spoke to my friends there who told me about all the big aid groups who were sitting in hotels waiting for it to become “safe” before they would venture through rebel maoist held areas to deliver aid on the other side.
I had just spent the last decade running the roads as a Civilian Contractor delivering supplies, materials and personnel throughout Iraq and Kurdistan. I thought to myself, “If I can get stuff from Point A to Point B in Iraq, I can do the same in the Philippines with the help of my local friends”
Now looking back at myself I am embarrassed how arrogant I was to think I was some sort of action hero who could just jump out of a chopper and help people. Luckily my skills were not so rusty after all, the huge amount of help from Camp Red, a Bushcraft Group in the Philippines, and the big guy upstairs – amazingly HASF was able to bring food, water, medicine, and construction teams to areas other aid groups were unable to get to.
OTHER AID GROUPS WERE TO SCARED TO HELP
One of my most vivid memories of being there is I was sharing a hotel with a large and well funded international aid group whose name I won’t mention. The hundred plus people they had brought over were just sitting in the hotel doing nothing but drinking at the bar, and sneaking prostitutes in through the back at night.
Why were they not helping people?
They were unable to get through an area that had armed rebels who had already hit one aid convoy because they had no security, and it was against their policy to carry firearms for self defense – or to do anything dangerous for that matter. So they sat in the hotel burning (I don't even want to know how much) donor money doing squat but injecting their donors money into the local brothels and bars.
And putting aside their lack of bravery, unrealistic policies to wait before it is safe to help people, not bringing security, and unethical behavior – heck, they didn’t even bring DEET, let me repeat that. They were going into a jungle on an island in the Western Pacific Ocean in the summer after a typhoon with no mosquito repellent!
The HASF Mission Team with help from a team of Filipinos and locally acquired equipment were able to drive their aid supplies through rebel held areas every time we needed to. We put out the word, HASF was not other aid groups, we would protect our aid supplies by any means necessary, and with equal force presented. Do not make the last mistake of your life by trying to hijack our aid convoys. Mission success, hundreds of families helped.
The big aid group previously mentioned never left their hotel once the entire time the HASF Mission Team was there. Zero families helped by them.
So was born a new type of “aggressively delivered” humanitarian aid.
SO I THOUGHT, “HMMMM… MAYBE WE CAN FILL AN AID VOID HERE AND HELP SOME PEOPLE”
And that’s when I had an epiphany – what if I took all the skills I learned working in the world’s most dangerous places, recruited some brave men and trained them, and started a security-centric humanitarian aid group that would help people in places other aid groups considered to dangerous.
And unlike the big aid groups, we would use small specialized teams, recruit local nationals when in country for extra help, bring nothing but a backpack, source everything on the ground – so every penny of your donor money is used to its maximum effectiveness.
And no fat salaries for directors, no driving around in $80,000.00 Land Cursers past starving people, no wasting money bringing conexes of supplies when you can just buy everything locally for 1/20th the cost – and most importantly, if it means every man and woman on the mission team has to pick up an AK47 and aggressively get to the people who need our help, then we will also do gods work one bullet at a time if need be.
Above are pictures from our past 3 missions to Kurdistan you funded
Now 3 years later, and many successful HASF missions to help people in Kurdistan (our team going in literally passed all the other aid groups evacuating due to the danger), Honduras (protecting Dentists who set up clinics in churches in the most crime ridden barrios on the planet) we could not have done any of it without you.
When the call goes out that HASF is going to help people where few others dare go – YOU always open your purses and wallets and give generously every single time. I am in awe of your generosity – at a time in my life after spending a decade in war zones I was starting to lose faith in my fellow human, seeing you donate to help people you have never met before because that’s what Americans do, because that’s what good men and women do - has renewed my faith in the goodness of people.
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WE NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN
Quite frankly we are struggling to fund our 4th mission to Kurdistan to help the people outside of Mosul who have been recently liberated by Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga Forces. The Christian villages there have literally been pounded into dirt, they have nothing.
We are sending a HASF mobile mission team right up to the front lines with food, medical supplies, and medics. We will help as many people of any faith as our funding will allow us to. And the only way we can do it is if you can reach as deep as you can and donate to this mission of mercy.
We here at HASF understand things are tight for everyone at home, but every penny you can spare will count, every penny will mean more families you help in Kurdistan and Northern Iraq this Christmas will have just one more meal, medication they desperately need, even just a blanket for their children – and maybe just as important, they will see with their own eyes that people half way around the world love them enough to provide them with the help they need, I have seen with my own eyes what just a little hope for the future can do when all around you is devastation and death.
So as this holiday season approaches, please consider helping the families who have been driven from their homes, murdered, put into the bonds of slavery, and now have nothing - for no other reason but they love Jesus or have a faith these ISIS monsters and fanatics consider a reason for the genocide of everyone like them.
Because without your help, we will be unable to send our mission team to help them
Truly, from the bottom of my heart, Thank You, and god bless America
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