In 2008, after both of his parents passed away and with no one to tell him otherwise, Director Jesse O’Shea traveled alone to Haiti. After reading Mountains Beyond Mountains a book about a doctor striving to cure the world and hearing Bill Clinton speak about Haiti, he was inspired to see it firsthand. O’Shea strived to get a crash course in poverty and when he first arrived, he could barely stomach the sights: naked children, bellies swollen from intestinal worms, trash everywhere, and people drinking and bathing in puddle-water. However, O’Shea saw smiles flash across faces, children play, workers laugh, and men and women dance more often than expected. He saw something of himself in the Haitian people: faces creased by suffering and hands callused from a life rebuilt. These experiences explain his spontaneous and visceral motivation to help Haitians. Upon returning to the U.S, O’Shea formed the Global Haiti Initiative, the first intercollegiate clearinghouse for development programs in Haiti, which has since merged focus with Students for Haiti in an effort to strengthen and unify student efforts.