Excuse the cliché, but words are not enough to describe what we saw, what we did, and what needs to get done. Haitians refer to the earthquake as “the event” and I am starting to understand why. Events change us and I feel that deep within, what I saw, smelled, heard, touched, and tasted, has begun a change in me. Every trip—be it for pleasure, work, or mission—has the potential for incredible growth and change.
This is the first of several blog posts about my trip. I will be sharing stories, photos, and videos. As the team’s photographer, I was responsible to document our relief efforts and Haitian life after “the event.” We have all seen the terrible destruction, death, and chaos in the media. I felt that was an incomplete picture. I believed that in the midst of this brokenness and pain, there is joy, beauty, peace, and hope to be found. I am happy to report that was true for us.
I tried my best to capture the full range of emotions while honoring human dignity. Our hope in sharing the story is that you will better connect with the Haitian experience and be part in helping rebuild Haiti.
I am still processing images, but here is a quick preview. I will announce when photos are ready on Flickr and [maybe on] Facebook. On the next post, I will be introducing the wonderful team I served with under the leadership of Jean Pierre Mullery (Beraca Baptist Church: Brooklyn, NYC).
The team on the way to Leogane to setup the clinic.
Flore, one of the nurses
Joe and Ketlyan
Patients waiting for care at the clinic
Mother and daughter at the clinic