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June 21st, 2011 :: text by

:: 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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June 20th, 2011 :: text by

:: 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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:: Haiti 2.0 ::

 

FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. — We are going back to Haiti.

And we can’t wait.

For the smiles. The smells. The faces. The failures. The wonderful. And the woeful.

We can’t wait. For the hours after this post, the posts after those hours.

eeko studio, your favorite Phoenix-based green graphic design boutique, is returning to Haiti, again with Global Family Philanthropy.

10 days  of heartbreak.

10 days of heart-warming moments.

10 days of hoping to make a sliver of difference.

Follow us on our journey on this blog. A journey so devastating. And yet so magnetizing.

When we went with GFP to Les Cayes, Haiti for the first time, we helped finish an orphanage, were blown away by the beauty and the devastation, built a new soccer field, welcomed new family, took care of one of the new family additions for one wonderful night, fell in love with every single GFP child, and formed a bond with every single person we spent time with every single day.

We did not want to leave Haiti. We did not want the trip to end. So much so that we failed to write a wrap-up blog post because that meant it was over.

So now we are going back. And though we will return to the US once again in due time. Our journey with Haiti will never be over.

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Read more of eeko studios’ daily posts from Haiti, here.

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:: Haiti. Day 9. ::

LES CAYES, Haiti  — They ran. They ran as fast as their little legs and big hearts would allow them to. They ran, not knowing what awaited them. Not knowing how much better this day could become.

The Global Family Philanthropy children already had been given their own jersey to keep. Their very own number to take pride in. One by one, they were bestowed blue Nike jerseys. Knighted, not just as a family but as a team.

After a two-minute run and as they turned a corner, there it was. A lengthy patch of grass, framed by banana trees on the left and a farm field on the right; bookended by two handmade soccer goals, complete with nets. The GFP children’s, no, the GFP team’s very own soccer field.

Their excitement at the sight and their smiles were outnumbered only by the goosebumps on our skin. Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti. Day 8. A new home. ::

LES CAYES , Haiti — The expression of their eyes were different.

The children’s were as big as their smiles. The volunteers’, humbled and wet.

But they all told the same story.

The moment every Global Family Philanthropy volunteer through the years waited for, the moment they all worked for, the moment the adopted children never expected, arrived. Finished just hours before, the new 4,000-square foot GFP home and its doors swung like open arms, welcoming the children in.

“(Since the organization began), there’s been heartache and frustration,” GFP founder Lori Goldberg said. “But every single thing that we’ve been through was so worth it because to see their (the children’s) faces and to share that with them was really one of the most beautiful moments of my life.

“Seeing them in their bed with their Pillow Pets, so excited to have a place to call home and that security, every child deserves that. It’s such an accomplishment. And I am so proud and so excited to have shared it with more people.”

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:: Haiti. Day 7. Bel. ::

LES CAYES, Haiti — Haiti is beautiful.

There is enough trash in the cities to form an island nation. Enough tent homes to build mountains.

Haiti is beautiful.

Sulfur mines are jealous of Haiti’s smells. Its poverty level the envy of hell.

Haiti is beautiful.

These are three words every Haitian deserves to know is true. Read the rest of this entry »

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