BOUNCING BACK: Despite being displaced and forced to live in a relief camp, these children are receiving an education; thanks to classes taught by ADRA staff and volunteers.As I snapped pictures of their glowing eyes, they’d point excitedly and shake with laughter as I turned the camera to let them view the digital image. They don’t yet understand the harsh challenges life will present them; they’re too busy singing, smiling, and playing with toys made from plastic bottles, sticks, and cardboard.
BEGINNING AGAIN: Anton De Vries, manager for the ADRA shelter project, gives an overview of the building process for the homes ADRA is providing to earthquake victims.According to Anton De Vries, manager for the ADRA shelter project, 160 to 180 finished shelters are delivered to families each week. That’s quite the feat, considering, because of unmanageable or absent roads, workers must deliver building materials for the 14-square-meter shelters by hand. This often means lugging plywood and bags of cement up a mountainside.
Interested in bringing hope to Haiti? Donate to ADRA online by going towww.adra.org/haiti. You can also donate by check; just make sure to write “Haiti Earthquake Fund” on the memo line.
Walking through one of Haiti’s 150 relief camps, I felt a tug on my right hand. Nearly two feet below me was a young boy holding a yellow toy camera, wearing a shy smile and a Florida Panthers hockey jersey. For the next hour, my little photographer friend held my hand as we toured the camp. When I’d let go to snap a shot, he’d wait by my side and resume his grasp the moment I finished. Though he never spoke a word, when I’d take a picture, he’d mimic the action with his own camera.