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Haiti ♥

January 15, 2010

I’ve been intending to post, I just haven’t been able to get the words together.

My heart has been aching.

Not sure how many of you know, but I spent three spring breaks during college in Haiti.

Other than my wedding and the births of my children, those trips were the most transforming events of my life.

Few things in my life have touched me as deeply as these faces:

As I have been going in circles about everything and things to do, I’ve been reading a lot online. This image is one that stuck out:

The image is from The Hands & Feet Project and is a picture of where the children in the orphanage have been sleeping because of damage to their building and lack of help.

If you want to contribute, there are many organizations working hard to get money and resources to Haiti as quickly as possible, but the challenge lies in the lack of communication and infrastructure in Haiti.

Some organizations that I’m familiar with that we have chosen to support:

Partners in Health

Doctors Without Borders

In case the earthquake news makes anyone want to learn a bit more about Haiti’s struggles, Paul Farmer(who started Partners In Health linked above) is an unbelievable man. This book is one of my all-time favorites and an incredible account(by Tracy Kidder) of Farmer’s life with lots of very accessible information on Haiti and the complicated history and political layers.  Farmer wrote this one that’s a bit more difficult to read, mostly because it’s hard to read and acknowledge the reality. It is information that it is difficult to just walk away from after you have it.

It has changed my perceptions of every single thing that I do and choose in my life.

Please, consider donating to an organization that feels right to you. And Pray.

There are so many people who need it more than we could possibly imagine.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kim permalink
    January 19, 2010 10:14 am

    Thanks for reminding me I need to donate! I just did it.

  2. January 27, 2010 1:51 pm

    I love that you’re making a new garden. One piece of advice from an old hand, don’t go too big at first. It’s a lot to care for once summer hits, and you are probably extremely busy with your little ones. My little ones are nearly grown now, and I remember that first garden. Good luck.~~Dee

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