January 14, 2010
I was telling jokes and poking fun in my post earlier today. After watching the news for the last few hours, I’m no longer in the mood for jokes. With the devastation from the earthquake in Haiti, and their people in dire need of assistance, my heart is in another place.
I have a beautiful 17 year old stepdaughter. She is not just beautiful on the outside. More importantly, her beauty comes from within. For the last two summers, rather than spending her days at the beach or the mall, she chose to travel to the developing nations of Dominican Republic and Haiti with a non-profit organization called Building Homes, Building Hope. This volunteer organization works to rebuild communities in these impoverished nations.
Here are some images from her travels. These people live in a state of poverty we cannot comprehend.
Where they bathe and do their laundry:
Here are her own words in a paper she wrote on reflection:
“When I arrived in the Dominican Republic, I was unprepared for the extent of the poverty I witnessed. In the photographs, you’ll see the conditions in which the Dominicans and Haitians live. Their homes are mere shacks, barely fit for an American definition of civilization. However the families that occupied such homes only radiate generosity and joy. Whenever I feel frustrated or depressed, or see materialism around me, I reflect on my time in the Dominican Republic and Haiti and regain a sense of happiness with all the blessings in my life.”
Powerful words. She is so right. Please do what you can to help the Haitians. At a minimum, please text the word “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 dollars to the American Red Cross relief effort. It will be added to your cell phone bill.