Taking photographs in Haiti is both challenging and inspirational. Challenging because in a whirlwind tour you are trying to catch those special glimpses of life in Haiti and the lives of individual orphans who have overcome so much. How do you do this in a few short days. Photos tell a story but they capture only a short moment in time and do not tell the complete story about how some of the young adults that Kids Connection Haiti is helping are becoming the future leaders in their community and having access to opportunities which unfortunately many in Haiti do not have.
Hearing about how these young adults are transforming their lives is inspirational. We went to visit Senise, this young woman is studying to be a nurse. She went to hurricane struck area to help family and community with her nursing skills. Taught about clean water and hygiene and how to treat the water to make it safe to consume. Made me think about how easy we have it in our own house where we can trust that the water that comes out of the faucet is completely safe. In Haiti most people do not have running water or electricity. This is just one story about how Kids Connection Haiti is not only transforming the lives of individuals but also helping to improve the lives of others in the community.
Haiti is a beautiful country and I was fortunate to be able to play a small role in recording the lives of the young adults that this NGO is helping. Every time I go to Haiti I am learning about the country and learning something new about how young people are overcoming challenges. It makes me think about what is possible and how if we all come together we can truly work together to overcome some of the problems we all face in this changing world.
Spend time in Haiti is an incredible experience, it opens my heart to happiness, sadness, joy, incredulity, color, beautiful chaos, and humanity. I love it!