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July 11th, 2011 :: text by

:: Haiti 2.0 Day Ten ::

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — In our last day in Haiti, we offer an ode to the country, Global Family Philanthropy and the kids:

When we grow older, we will be stronger.
As we leave Haiti,  our heart will be fonder.

In this country we meet, accept no defeat.
We do this for thee, the patter of little feet.

They learn and they play, not far away.
They say our names, wish we could stay.

We love how they treat us, make us believers.
We’ve become loved ones, never deceivers.

Still we have to go, with the wind as it blows.
This country we know, the love we all show.

This is their home, all they had known.
Where they have grown, these streets they had roamed.

But out of the darkness, they could come the farthest.
Among the hardest. Survivors.

The love, it comes longer, no more is the hunger.
When they grow older, they will be stronger.

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July 6th, 2011 :: text by

:: Haiti 2.0 Day Nine ::

LES CAYES, HAITI — This is what a family does.

This is how a family acts.

This is what a family feels.

As we walked down the beach at Port Salut with a few of the Global Family Philanthropy volunteers along with Junau, Yvenil, Sarah (one of the housemothers) and some of the GFP kids, we couldn’t help but smile as wide as the coast is long.

We laughed and we played. On the sand. In the shore.

Like a family.    Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day Eight ::

LES CAYES, HAITI — This is Haiti.

We think.

There are chicken coops. Pink pigs. And spotted cows.

A group of Global Family Philanthropy volunteers visited a convent today. And it seemed more Narnia than Haiti.

The convent has been around for decades and has been self-sustaining for years, something we hope the GFP land can become. Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day Seven ::

LES CAYES, HAITI — Seventh verse, same as the first:
Rain, rain go away. Come again another day when we’re not in Haiti.
The rain has yet to yield. Rain-ridden, bed-ridden — they have come to mean the same thing.
Many of the Global Family Philanthropy children have become ill. So have at least a handful of volunteers.
Thankfully, not all at the same time.
It’s been tiresome, this rain. We’re getting tired of not working. And that is the last time you’ll read that from us. Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day Six ::

LES CAYES, HAITI — They strolled in two-by-two, dancing a two-step as the crowd awaited their arrival.

About 12 students, 8 of them Global Family Philanthropy children, from the elementary school GFP sponsors graduated from their particular grades today.

A grapefruit-pink graduation gown draped over their formal clothes — white button-down shirt and black slacks for the boys; a church-going dress for the girls — and a neon green graduation cap covered their little, brilliant heads.

Yes, the cuteness level was ridiculously high. Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day Five ::


LES CAYES, HAITI — The rain in Haiti will not let up.

The rain, like tragedy in this country, is relentless. Unforgiving.

It doesn’t care if you want to get things done. It doesn’t care if you live in a tent on the wrong side of an incline. It doesn’t care if you have a house that has walls with holes the size of a grown man.

Many Haitians loathe the rain. It piles more problems onto a life already full of it.

There is no way we and the rest of the Global Family Philanthropy volunteers will truly be able to understand how much rain complicates life for many Haitians.

So there wasn’t much complaining today. Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day Four ::

LES CAYES, HAITI –  Rain poured down as if an ark was waiting for it to fill the earth.

We sat on the porch of the Global Family Philanthropy home, under a roof, helpless to Mother Nature’s whims.  But we didn’t mind, for once. Not one bit.

Strands of gold could replace the air and we still would rather be right where we were. With the GFP children in our arms, their smiles in our eyes, and their love in our hearts.

We were right where we belong. Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day 3 ::

LES CAYES, HAITI –  Haiti. The country fairness forgot.

If life isn’t fair, living has nothing on Haiti.

It is almost fitting to see so many Haitians wearing Chicago Cubs gear as we drive through the cities. But not even Cubs fans can relate.

As a country, Haiti’s losing streak has gone past ridiculous.

It just isn’t fair.

It isn’t fair to a country so beautiful. A country that has everything any of the other Caribbean nations have but yet isn’t a popular vacation/tourist spot as the others are.

It isn’t fair to the country’s people, most of whom work hard and possess natural gifts. Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day Two ::

LES CAYES, HAITI — I scored a goal today. And besides marrying my wife, it was the greatest goal of my life.

I haven’t accomplished many goals through my years. Nor have I scored many.
But I did today. And it is one I will never forget.

It’s no secret that among the once-abandoned children Global Family Philanthropy has adopted, my favorite among favorites is 9-year-old Richardson. (Pronounced REE-CHAHRD-SAHN.)

He is the oldest boy in the family who has a face that belongs on the covers a magazine and a smile that would melt the iciest of hearts. He is a natural at everything. Give him one ukelele lesson and he’ll play you a song. Give him lemon and he’ll make you a Capri Sun. Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day One ::

LES CAYES, HAITI — It seemed familiar. The streets. The people. The tents.

They were all still there.

But it wasn’t the same.

Driving through Port-au-Prince for the third time, first since last February, it was somehow different. Four months. And some things looked to have changed.

It seems, for the better. Read the rest of this entry »

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