I'm Nittai Malchin, a senior at Palo Alto High School in CA and the founder of One Love Advocates. Our mission is to do whatever possible to improve access to education in communities that are struggling with destructive or endemic problems. My immediate focus is helping kids in Haiti gain access to educational opportunities. I recently traveled to Haiti, and I will be documenting my trip on this site. There are 4 sections (see navigation above) to my mini site: (1) my blog where i document my activities, impressions and thoughts from Haiti (2) About One Love where you can read more about the initiative (3) Support One Love where you can learn how to get involved, donate or help (4) contact info. And on the right sidebar you will find more info such as links to other sites, feeds, photos, videos, and ways to contact me or share One Love with others. Also, check out the cool toolbar on the bottom of your screen to see our videos, photos, and Facebook page, for translations, and more. Thank you for visiting and feel free to share your thoughts.

Friday, August 27, 2010

1st Day of School

Whatsup everybody,

This week marked the first day of school for me at Palo Alto High School. I walked around our large campus, full of air-conditioned rooms, trees, and flowers. I met all of my well-trained, seasoned teachers. I got to see all of my friends that I had missed over the summer, and despite all of the work that I will begin to get, it was a fun day.

Now, some 3,000 miles away, imagine that I attended an "ordinary" Haitian school. I wouldn't walk around a campus, but rather around an over-populated tent city. There are no air-conditioned rooms, trees, or flowers. Instead, there are cramped, hot, and open tents surrounded by rubble and destruction. There are limited amounts of teachers for the few kids that are lucky enough to attend school. Unfortunately, this is not imagination, but rather the reality for students in Haiti. We are working as hard as we can to improve the situation, but there is no quick solution for the infrastructural problems that currently exist.

Just something to think about as we embark on one more year of school.

-One Love.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bake Sale!

Hey everybody,

It's been a while since I last updated the blog, summer has gotten the best of me... But we've stayed busy as usual with One Love! This weekend, with the help of Ethical Youth Group (a local humanitarian youth group), we set up in front of Border's book store in Palo Alto and held a bake sale. We sold brownies, carrot cake, pecan pie, Rice-Krispie treats, cheerio bars, chocolate chip cookies, caramel brownies, vegan brownies, lemonade, friendship bracelets, and more. Lots of people stopped by and asked about our cause, and it was great to be able to educate people about Haiti and its needs, and receive such a positive response. Many people even donated money without buying any snacks at all!

It was a great success, as we raised over $255 dollars for our cause. The members of the Ethical Youth Group also got a chance to pass out fliers and tell people about One Love, which proved to be a unique and important experience. Additionally, it was fun for me to work with other kids who are all interested in and dedicated to helping those who truly need help, which is what One Love is all about. That's all for now, but be sure to stay tuned for more updates about our current work and some more reflections about our past trips and future plans!

One Love.