Miracles of Plenty in Haiti

I was thinking about the miracle of “the loaves and the fishes”, whereby Jesus feeds five thousand people with five loaves of bread and a couple fish. (John 6) I was thinking about the miracle that makes it possible for one of us in Philadelphia to, for what we earn in about one hour of work, to make it possible for a teacher in Haiti to work for a whole week! And a week of work in a Philadelphia office can earn you enough to fund a school for 72 children for a month! I was thinking about the trust it takes, to leave the work of...

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Fayet People’s Coalition

Here’s the roadside sign for the “Fayet People’s Coalition” / “Heads Together”, the group whose work I went to see while I was in Haiti. This sign hangs over the road in Fayet, next to the place where the community group meets. They meet in the yard of one of the families that has been deeply involved in the organization for many years, a family that also hosted me for a number of days when I stayed in...

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Life in Haiti

–This is the riverbed alongside Fayet, Haiti. You can see the beauty of the country and the devastation that deforestation, and the erosion that follows, have caused.–

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Who’s Hurt More?

There’s a dear young boy, wearing the yellow shirt in the photo here, one of my favorite people I met in Haiti. He was quite taken with the pennywhistle I brought there. He couldn’t really figure out how to play more than one note, but that was enough. I loved him, so I left the instrument in his hands more than once as I left the house to go do the things that we adults do during the day. About the second time this happened, he said he lost it. One of his relatives found him with it a few days later and gave it back to me, and it...

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Computing in Haiti

If you think Windows is a headache in first world countries, try it on slow computers with slow internet connections and people that don’t really speak the language their software was written for. Welcome to Haitian computing, where if you kept your Windows and your Virus-checker up to date, that would be the only thing you did with your computer!!! Oh, wait. I meant to talk about “what’s possible” rather than, um, being really whiny. Here’s what’s already happened: By installing Google Chrome in French for...

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The Girl with the Smile

It’s hard to explain how just looking at a smiling face can be one of the most touching experiences of a lifetime. While I was in Haiti I was lucky enough to see, on a fairly regular basis, a girl who I think is about 6 years old. She’s almost always got a huge smile on her face, and her face seems to be made of pure joy. For no reason, really! (Please click the picture at the left so you can see a better version.) To the best of my knowlege, she lives with a family that can barely afford to eat. I’m told this family is part...

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