(As a graduate of UMass and with two sisters still living there, my heart goes out to Boston and to ALL those whose family members were hurt.) Okay, I know it’s April– which means I’m a tiny bit behind in my Remix intention to go back and feature some of my favorite (never-seen-before!) photos from each of the countries I visited for Heifer International last year.
But whenever I start going through my photos, I get completely lost in the glorious faces whose stories I remember so well.
I remember being scared to go to Haiti — afraid the poverty and desperation in the aftermath of the 2010 hurricane would still be overwhelming.
Well, there were still tents up and houses in ruins (although most are gone now). But instead of buying the heartless line you hear so often: “Oh, Haiti is always recovering from one disaster or another,” I found myself head-over-heels in love with the people of Haiti.
The way they walk with such pride and grace.
The way they will do anything to get their children an education.
The way the children walk out of murky, dirt-caked slums looking as clean and tidy as little angels…
… and people work & work & work, with a determination and optimism that is remarkable to behold.
To say the people of Haiti embody resilience, dignity, strength and perseverance is an understatement.
Even the land, which is admittedly largely deforested, is still beautiful.
I can’t wait to go back and see what Heifer has been doing there! Pierre Ferrari, Heifer’s CEO, just visited some projects with President Bill Clinton and he reports the big goat-breeding operations are really going strong (and god knows, Bill loves to talk about breeding).
I miss Haiti. But if you missed the whole shebang last February, you can still read all my blogs on Haiti by clicking on the links below.
I’ll leave you with a Haitian saying which, oddly, was one of my Mom’s favorites, too.
Men anpil chay pa lou. (Many hands make the load lighter.)
Let’s hope so!
“The Paradox of Haiti” http://heifer12x12.com/2012/02/23
“Staring at Goats” http://heifer12x12.com/2012/02/27
“This is SO not a road” http://heifer12x12.com/2012/02/29
“What I Ate in Haiti” http://heifer12x12.com/2012/03/03
“Cows, Fudge & Women in Haiti” http://heifer12x12.com/2012/03/05
“The Price of a Chair” http://heifer12x12.com/2012/03/08
“A Mother in Haiti” http://heifer12x12.com/2012/03/09
“A Fish Full of Dollars” http://heifer12x12.com/2012/03/14
“A Rough Draft of My Last Day in Haiti” http://heifer12x12.com/2012/03/18
“My admittedly tardy International Women’s Day Post” http://heifer12x12.com/2012/03/18