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Group works to improve lives in Haiti

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Rarely do you meet a person who has dedicated their life to helping others. Eva DeHart is that person. Her mission to better lives in Haiti is What's Right with Tampa Bay.

Long before the deadly earthquake of 2010, poverty was a challenge for the people of Haiti. There is no hiding it from visitors to the island country.

"They see people living in the streets," Eva DeHart said. "They will see people living in tiny little huts, they will see street vendors scraping for a living."

Haiti is one of poorest countries in the western hemisphere. That's why Eva DeHart and her husband Don started "For Haiti With Love" more than four decades ago.

Each year, the group delivers 800,000 meals to Haitian families

"Our goal really is to see people have good health so that they can work and provide for themselves," Eva said.

The couple's quest started in the 1960s.That's when Don went on a mission trip to the island-and was forever changed. He cleaned out his savings to start the Tampa-based non-profit.

"You build over the years with people who willing to support you, people who have been down and seen what you do, and understand the needs," Eva said.

Don passed away in 2006. Eva vowed to keep the mission going. Her daughter Roselyn now helps.

"Giving back to them, giving back, helping them out it feels really good," Roselyn said.

Eva's dream is a day when the Haitian people are self-sufficient.

"I would love to see us put out of business by them being able to provide for themselves," Eva said.


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