Most of us live in a world so far removed from true strife that it becomes too easy at times to simply feel pity for those struggling in places like Haiti. The foremost goal of our organization is to build sustainable communities. This means that a community has a strong economic base and the ability to care for it's children. In the meantime we provide assistance, training, and at times distribution of badly needed aid. I know these people, and what gets lost after a tragedy like Haiti's earthquake is the fact that these incredibly resilient people do not want pity or charity, they want honor, dignity, and the means to survive and flourish in independence. This does not mean that they reject our friendship, our partnership, or our good intentions; it means though that they are not helpless, they are strong, and it is their strength that will ultimately move them forward. Sustainable development is critical, and I wanted to share some amazing images all taken after the earthquake that I hope inspire people to see more about Haiti than suffering.
Shortly after the earthquake I was asked by a photographer who was going to travel to Haiti if she could check in on anyone for me. I sent back a lengthy e-mail with locations and contacts because I was so anxious to find out how our partners were. Karen Page, along with Nancy Farese and Liz Hale, worked to support NGOs in the field by helping tell their stories through photography. Sirona Cares was very fortunate to have their beautiful work record our efforts. Please enjoy these pictures taken by them, as well as our team, in February.