I had a whirlwind trip that took me to Haiti. We flew home from CO Saturday evening and then I flew out Sunday early morning. It was kinda crazy. I was asked by a close friend who does non-profit work there, to come along and take portraits of the students she works with. All of the students come from an orphanage and my friends foundation is supporting them thru college. It's a really neat project and I was happy to take photos. I've never been to Haiti, but I hope to return at some point to do some further documenting.
These are some of the students that are supported. They were all so friendly and kind. Samuel (middle back row) sat with me for over 2hrs asking me question after question, so he could practice his english. We chatted about tons of different topics, including the unrest between the Dominicana and Haiti, as well as where he was during the earthquake. He told me that Jesus became his Father immediately following the earthquake.
As much as I wanted to shoot photos with my big camera, I felt so awkward. I was sitting in the front seat of a tiny truck and decided that pretending I was on a phone call, I could take photos much more discreetly. I never want to exploit those around me when I am in areas of poverty, but I do want to capture the culture and daily life of people.
"Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD." - Psalm 117