Fox said when he returned to Haiti months later, Olivia's biological father was dead. Her mother was homeless and unable care for her daughter, and she asked him to adopt the child.
Fox has worked with Davis Zachary, the founder of Real Hope for Haiti, for two years. Many of the children they work with suffer from kwashiorkor, a type of malnutrition that comes from protein deficiency because they don't have access to eggs, fish or meat.
The children often are so malnourished they lose the desire to eat, or spit up anything solid they swallow. But a dollop of peanut butter placed on the roof of their mouths dissolves slowly and can help restore their digestion.
What also makes peanut butter an ideal source of protein in the dire conditions that exist in Haiti is that it requires no refrigeration and has a long shelf life. Ryan said the clinic in Haiti distributes about 500 jars of peanut butter every month.
In addition to showing compassion for children their own age who are struggling just to survive, Ryan said her students organized the entire collection drive employing skills they've learned in class to get the job done, including adding, subtracting, estimating and the logistics involved with figuring out how to track and store hundreds of jars of peanut butter.
She hopes to include more South Madison Community schools in the relief effort next year.
"I think my kids learned more from this than anything," Ryan said. "It was just a joyous learning experience."
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How you can help To support the food relief and other aid efforts of Real Hope for Haiti, you may write a check made out to "RHFH" and send it to: Real Hope For Haiti 15215 Endeavor Drive Noblesville IN 46060 Or, you can make a donation online at www.realhopeforhaiti.org