Haiti

Let me tell you something about passion

Haiti is still very much on my mind.  It drifts in and out at the oddest times, as if looking for its proper place to settle in the landscape of my life. Memories tend to do this…they wiggle into some crack, sandwiched between this and that, making themselves at home until, obscured by the vibrant &hellip Continue reading »

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The dreams we have

“No matter hard how they work, how gifted and talented they are, or how big their dreams, the poor have few choices and fewer opportunities to fulfill their God-given potential. These precious human beings, created in God’s image, have been left behind and cast upon the garbage dump of history by circumstances they cannot change. &hellip Continue reading »

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The hope that remains

Certainly, I have much to contemplate in the ways this trip has cut me apart and rearranged the pieces.  I’m still trying to find the right words and feelings. Which is somewhat ironic, as that’s precisely what I was there to teach. On a shoestring budget, our little team completed nine workshops in 16 days, &hellip Continue reading »

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Final day in Haiti

(Although I am back home again now, I am still processing the lessons learned. In the meantime, I did want to share my final day in Haiti with you.) Our final workshop took place in Limbé, in a concrete church decorated with toilet paper, colourful paper chains, paper doves, plastic flowers and palm boughs shaped &hellip Continue reading »

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The way of things

“The past is beautiful because one never realizes emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only the past.” Virginia Woolfe   There was no one thing that could have prepared me for the complexity and contrasts of Haiti. It will be a long time before &hellip Continue reading »

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Holding on

I know I’m the classic cliché of the countless foreigners who have walked this way ahead of me, but my stomach is objecting and a lethargic weariness is taking over that has nothing to do with sleep or rest. I feel that I am getting close to the point when all the images I have &hellip Continue reading »

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Rural Haitian Life

We traveled through many villages during our stay in the mountains. AMDH’s Director Ossé St Juste comes from Mombin Crochu, so perhaps he wanted to start the workshops here, so I could experience remote Haiti before the more populated areas. My head is awash in images, but fortunately, my camera has captured a few so &hellip Continue reading »

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In the Haitian mountains

Our next three days in the villages surrounding Mombin Crochu gave us all so much to think about… In Logat, Elio opened his home to host one of our workshops. Made of hardened mud, painted white, with bright blue doors and hung with sheer blue curtains, the home was obviously well cared for. Sardined tightly &hellip Continue reading »

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