Saturday, August 21, 2010

Voices of Haiti

Professional photographer Jeremy Cowart was deeply moved by the earthquake in Haiti. After feeling like the television reports from the region were just a heartless display of numbers and statistics he wondered "How were the people feeling?"  He decided to go to Port-Au-Prince himself and ask them directly. His question was simply "What do you have to say about all this?" His photo essay reveals the many answers to that question. See the photos here.

Friday, August 13, 2010

A very special lady

Marian larson, Age 80
Prior to the announcement of our second trip to Haiti in June, we had already put word out of our return in the future. Friends and coworkers rallied behind the news and began putting together supplies and donations. Since we had just been there in May, we had a better sense of the immediate needs of the Haitian people and Hopital Adventiste. When we heard it would be just just three weeks later, we scrambled to rally support.

A coworker of mine, Louise Craig, had been on several mission trips to Africa and informed me that she knew of a woman from her church who had been making children's clothing, with the intent to donate it on their next mission trip. I asked if she would be willing to donate a portion of what she had made for the children of Haiti. Happily, she agreed. Although I had no idea just how special these articles of clothing were.

Louise summoned the help of her former Pastor, V.J. Puccinelli, to take care of the logistics. He was able to deliver two large suitcases full of these amazing clothes directly to me office. He told me about this lovely woman, Marian Larson, who has spent the last several years lovingly hand-crafting clothing for children living in poverty. She had hoped that they would bring joy to the children and families of Haiti. The only thing she wanted in return is a photo as a keepsake of her tireless effort.

In addition to patients at Hopital Adventiste and families living amongst the hospital grounds, we were able to distribute these beautiful and colorful garments throughout Port au Prince and in a surrounding tent community. Children were overjoyed to receive such wonderful gifts. Mothers, daughters and hospital volunteers all admired the beautiful fabrics and colors that were used in the making of these clothes.

Thank you Marian for your generosity and craftmanship. I have no doubt that they will be worn for years to come and passed down to other family members as Haiti rebuilds.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Local news brings Haiti back into the forefront

On the eve of the six month anniversary of January's devastating earthquake, networks are putting Haiti briefly back into the news. A local news affiliate KGW recently interviewed Dr.'s Allen and Cassie Gabriel live on their evening show to discuss their trip to Haiti. We were fortunate to receive a good amount of promotion to increase awareness of the situation in Haiti, as well as increase blog viewership and potential donors to Hopital Adventiste. If you did not get a chance to see the interview you can see it below.

Also, several weeks back Fox 12 Oregon did a story with Dr. Gabriel and Shelby Gialich right before our second return to Port Au Prince. You can watch the entire story here.