Bring Medical Care to Rural Haiti and
Mess Up Burr's Hair

Haircut for Haiti

I have a head full of hair. Decide what I should do with it and raise money for a Haitian village.

My name is Burr Settles. I'm a scientist and software engineer at Duolingo and founder of FAWM. But nevermind that for now...

This summer, I'm going to Bassin-Caiman, a rural village tucked away in the hills of Southwest Haiti. I'll be part of relief team led by Haiti H2O to organize a short-term medical clinic for the 7,000 people there with little or no access to health care (the nearest hospital is 4 hours away).

What does that have to do with my haircut? Well, we need to raise money for the trip and medical supplies, and this winter I've been sporting a bit of a "mountain man" look. So before I trim up for Spring, I decided to let you vote on my next haircut to help fund our medical trip to Haiti...

Vote / Donate

Maroon mohawk with mustache or black buzzcut with beard?

6%
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Each $5 donation casts a vote. There are three categories: facial hair, haircut, and color.

Click an option below to vote online using PayPal (you can increase vote quantity on the PayPal checkout page). You can vote as much and as often for as many of these as you want! To vote by mail using a check, see the bottom of this page.

The face/haircut/color combo with the most votes will be cut on March 17 2015.

I will keep the hairstyle for at least 1 week per $1000 raised.


Vote for the Facial Hair

Clean

Clean

1st place
Goatee

Goatee

3rd place
Wolverine

Wolverine

2nd place
Stache

Stache

3rd place
Chops

Chops

3rd place

Vote for the Haircut

Bidness

Bidness

3rd place
Buzz

Buzz

3rd place
Sk8r

Sk8r

3rd place
Mohawk

Mohawk

1st place
Shag

Shag

2nd place

Vote for the Color

Black

Black

3rd place
Gold

Gold

3rd place
Natural

Natural

3rd place
Maroon

Maroon

2nd place
Teal

Teal

1st place

* In the event of a tie for any category, I will attempt a hybrid.

Questions?

Wherein I clarify a few things...

  • Are you a doctor?

    Technically, yes... but not that kind (PhD, not MD). I'll probably work the pharmacy or triage patients or some other grunt work. We are partnering with doctors and drug providers from Haitian cities to support the local healthcare economy.

  • Is a short-term clinic worth it?

    I wondered about this at first. Haiti H20 has a 10-year history with Bassin-Caiman, helping build self-sustaining schools, businesses, and public sanitation. Our trip is the first step of a long-term goal to establish a more permanent clinic.

  • Can you speak the language?

    Je peux parler français (je l'ai apris et je le pratique avec Duolingo, bien sûr!)... ça c'est l'une des langues officielles d'Haiti. Epitou, m ap aprann yon ti kras nan kreyòl. There will also be translators, but I'm going to do my best.

  • Why $3000?

    Our team has 15 people, and we need to raise at least $2000 each. My goal is $3000 to (1) subsidize team members who might have trouble fundraising, and (2) go toward extra funds for Haitians whose medical needs are too severe for our clinic.

  • Is my gift tax-deductible?

    Yes and no (it depends on how you give). The PayPal donations are technically personal gifts to me (although 100% will be used for this relief effort). If you are giving several hundred and need it to be tax-deductible, please mail a check.

  • Can I donate by check-in-the-mail?

    Sure! Just print and fill out this form (PDF) and send it in with a check to Friendship Community Church (the trip's non-profit sponsor). Be sure to do this if you want the donation to be tax-deductible! And get it in ASAP if you want your vote to count!

  • Haircut
    for
    Haiti!