Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Now that I am back in the States and have the time, energy and a good enough connection I can put up some more info. First off I want to thank a few people who helped motivate me to do more than just go and volunteer. Roni Krouzman gave me the spark and then delivered with a huge amount of advice on how to reach out to people to get more going. He got me going on the blog and the facebook cause and also spent time raising money and donations for the relief effort. With Roni, Matthew, Angelina, Patrick and Lydia as my support crew we raised about $4000 dollars in cash and material donations in under a week. The way everyone pitched in with so little notice or planning is incredible. I was truly moved by the amount of support. On behalf of NPH and myself, thank you.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The rest of the photos were taken by my friend Mark while he was touring Port au Prince on
the back of motorcycle.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
In the abandoned baby room it seems that most of them are special needs kids. Also, there were some older kids that they did not know what to do with yet as their parents had not come. One girl who was maybe 12 had been brought to Port au Prince from the country by her parents when she was very young to live with her aunt. Her aunt died in the earthquake and she does not know her parents names or the town she is from. So while the social service dept does an investigation she is in limbo here at the hospital. Certainly the orphanage will take her in when social services is done.
I spent about 45 minutes holding or playing with the kids. I intended to take photos and or video but I couldn’t. I can’t really explain why, but it did not feel right. Maybe when I get more time to spend with the kids in the hospital I will feel comfortable photographing them.