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Another super day in Haiti serving the poorest of the poor. They are so wonderful, joyful, kind, curious, funny, helpful and resourceful. We met some teenagers walking home from school sucking on sugarcane and I thought “in the U.S. teens walk home sucking on Slurpees”. Point is, Haitians are just like us in so many ways. They don’t want us to feel sorry for them, they just don’t want to be forgotten. Martin Luther King said, “In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” I feel so honored to be here and to make new friends and I will not be silent!
Saturday was a great day. We ended up painting the school that we support in Gaspard. It was very cool working side- by-side with our Haitian brothers & sisters (and the kids!). The strategy is to empower them to help themselves & it works. I loved watching their pride as we transformed the school. What a great day!
It was a great day in Haiti. We visited the children of LaCoste Orphanage. The children are so affectionate & sweet. We played with kids most of the day. Then went to a crazy-rowdy church service where 40 people were baptized. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.
Our first day started in Port Au Prince. While it’s still utter devastation, I think there’s been some improvement over the past year. We went by tent city and it’s still very sad. It’s estimated that 500k – 700k people still live there. It’s mind blowing to see it.
“It’s not what you believe that counts; it’s what you believe enough TO DO.” – Gary Gulbranson
We were recently in contact with Jephthe, our Haitian contact on the ground, who gave us updates regarding the orphanage we sponsor called La Coste:
We always have our eye on Haiti since we began partnering with Bright Hope and sponsoring the school in Gaspar. I thought I would give you an update on their political front since this is the only way widespread change can come to this nation.
There is much more to share about this life changing, eye-opening experience. Until then, please see a few pictures of the amazing people and children that I had the opportunity to meet…
In 2009, a year before the devastating earthquakes, I became aware of the plight of the Haitian people. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and is plagued with unimaginable poverty, disease and obscene government corruption. Over 80% of the population lives in poverty unknown in the U.S. And of course, it’s the children that suffer the most.