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The What If? founder to speak at Mission House Lecture

Margaret TrostThe founder of a nonprofit that provides food and educational opportunities to Haitian children will deliver the 2013 Lakeland College Mission House Lecture. The lecture is Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. in Lakeland’s Bradley Theater.

Margaret Trost, founder of The What If? Foundation, will give a talked “Piti piti na rive” (Little by little, we will arrive): A Journey of Faith and Hope in Haiti. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The What If? Foundation has worked with Haitian members of the Ti Plas Kazo Community to serve impoverished children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for more than 13 years.

Inspired and transformed from her experience, Trost comes to Lakeland to share her journey to Haiti and what her Haitian friends have taught her about courage, hope and putting faith into action, even amidst the most difficult of circumstance.

The What If? Foundation serves an average of 6,000 meals to hungry children and some adults each week. In addition, the foundation provides more than 200 school scholarships annually and supports after-school and summer camp programs. The group recently launched a $1.2 million building project to build a school and cafeteria to allow more children to be served. Learn more online at

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