Camden-Rockport Middle School recently held a fundraiser to benefit those in need on the island of Haiti. CRMS is sponsoring a 7-year-old child named Williamson for the next two years, and has also raised enough to buy a goat for his village.

According to information provided by World Vision, Williamson lives with his parents, three brothers and two sisters in a community severely affected by the HIV and AIDS crisis.

“His parents struggle to provide for the family,” according to World Vision. “His father is an agriculture worker and his mother is a street vendor. Despite their efforts, it is difficult to meet the family’s needs. In some communities, AIDS affects the entire social structure as a generation of hardworking adults is being wiped out. Frightened children and exhausted grandparents rarely have money for food, school or medical care.”

Local artist Carrie Hedstrom designed and created Hope for Haiti T-shirts that were sold online and through CRMS. The group sends $15 from the sale of each T-shirt to World Vision to sponsor a child affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Through the sale, nearly $1,000 has been raised.

“World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice,” according to the Web site at worldvision.org. A spokesman for World Vision said March 31 that between 11 and 15 percent of donations for Haitian relief efforts are used for overhead, with the balance going directly to those in need.