This week we are joined by the Founder of Change the Stars, Jeff Ponchillia!!

About our guest: Haiti is in the throes of a dire crisis, marked by pervasive violence, widespread hunger, and a healthcare system strained to its limits, where even children are being turned away from hospitals. For Jeff Ponchillia, this reality serves as an impassioned call to action, propelling him to intensify his efforts in the face of mounting adversity. 

Jeff’s transformative journey began in 2012 with his inaugural trip to Haiti, an experience that would irrevocably alter the course of his life. It was during this visit that he encountered an orphanage teetering on the brink of collapse, its urgent plea for assistance echoing through the halls of neglect. In a mere two minutes spent with the children, Jeff felt an unbreakable bond form, their plight etching itself onto his heart with unwavering permanence. In response to the profound need he witnessed, Jeff founded Change The Stars, a nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting orphans and impoverished children in Haiti. 

What began as a humble endeavor has since burgeoned into a comprehensive initiative, encompassing vital support for schools, a children’s hospital grappling with malnutrition, and a scholarship program offering hope for a brighter future. However, the relentless escalation of Haiti’s crisis in recent years has compelled Change The Stars to expand its reach even further. Amidst worsening conditions, the organization has extended its support to another orphanage, initiated food distribution programs for families in dire need, and provided essential sustenance to children turned away from overburdened hospitals. 

Despite Jeff’s personal sacrifices, including dedicating his entire income from Wesley Mortgage for the past two years, the urgent need for external support remains unabated. As Haiti’s needs continue to multiply, so too does the imperative to mobilize resources and solidarity in support of Change The Stars’ vital mission. Together, we can stand with Jeff and his organization in their unwavering commitment to illuminate the path towards hope and resilience for Haiti’s children, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.


Follow and contact:
Instagram: @changethestars.haiti
changethestars.org

 

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Intro Produced by Jim McCarthy

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Former Professional Athlete turned Serial Entrepreneur. Nick has been featured in CBS, NBC, FOX, The New York Times, Yahoo Finance, Disrupt Magazine and USA Wire. Nick is a Husband, Father & Coach. Nick is the Host of The Histreak Podcast. President of Team Hiter. Vice President of SANDLOTT Sports. Founder of Hitlab Creative Studios. Partner of Home Agent Group. Partner of Hub Holdings.