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Haiti

I had the chance earlier this month to set foot in one of the most different places I have ever seen. And I struggle to even put it to words. The truth is, I don’t know much of what I’m talking about. I’m simply a middle class american man who traveled to the Caribbean to document some of what I saw for a non-profit organization whose mission it is to holistically care for orphans, both in America and abroad.

I gratefully and excitedly set out on the trip. What I found was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Haiti is a beautiful chaos. It is bumpy roads, and crowds of people, and street vendors, and local taxis (called: tap taps) cutting you off. It is horns honking and traffic jams on two lane roads. It is trash on the sidewalk and in the fields, goats and pigs in the alleyways, and roosters crowing at all hours of the day and night. It is the smell of fire smoke, diesel exhaust and sweat. It is poverty on a scale I’ve never experienced. It is broken government, largely broken families, and high levels of unemployment.

But look closer. Past the chaos. To the faces of children in orphanages, not abandoned by uncaring parents; most were placed there because of economic hardships. Most still have good relationships with their mothers. Almost all have no idea who their fathers are. The orphanages care tirelessly for the kids, give them an education, 3 meals each day, friendship, community and belonging. Look closer, past the orphanages. To the secondary school created and funded by this organization, teaching young adults a trade – like how to work on a car, how to sew, or how to cook. And then look closer again, to the factory started by this organization, creating t-shirts, and other garments that are sold around the caribbean and the united states. Quality shirts created, and dignified jobs provided for the factory’s workers. As a result of these jobs – all far higher paying than the normal worker gets in Haiti – most of the workers support up to 10 family members with their salary. This is holistic orphan care playing out. It is care for the child, for the future adult and worker, and for the economy.

I went as one privileged to document some of what I saw. But what I experienced was, beneath everything, hope. It is a broken country filled with beautiful residents. I was so honored to be a small part of the GO project on this trip, love what they do, and would encourage you to get involved!WATP Haiti 0001WATP Haiti 0002WATP Haiti 0003WATP Haiti 0004WATP Haiti 0005WATP Haiti 0006WATP Haiti 0007WATP Haiti 0008WATP Haiti 0009WATP Haiti 0010WATP Haiti 0011WATP Haiti 0012WATP Haiti 0013WATP Haiti 0014WATP Haiti 0015WATP Haiti 0016WATP Haiti 0017WATP Haiti 0018WATP Haiti 0019WATP Haiti 0020WATP Haiti 0021WATP Haiti 0022WATP Haiti 0028WATP Haiti 0029WATP Haiti 0030WATP Haiti 0031WATP Haiti 0032WATP Haiti 0033WATP Haiti 0034WATP Haiti 0035WATP Haiti 0036WATP Haiti 0037WATP Haiti 0038

this is where we were one year ago

in Rwanda. Africa.
we loved it.
we miss it.
if you were around one year ago, you probably saw the original blog posts of words and images.
here’s a little refresher.
blog-rwanda

can’t wait to go back someday in the not so distant future!
much love,
the parsons

Luiza - 04/27/2013 - 4:09 pm

So beautiful!

stefan - hochzeitsfotograf schweiz - 02/08/2013 - 10:28 am

wow, this is amazing! We went to Tanzania almost a year ago. I can’t wait to go back again!

Cheers and thanks for sharing your amazing work.
/Stefan

Samira - 10/09/2012 - 9:22 pm

So amazing that you got to go to Africa! I’ve always wanted to go. I’m amazing you went to Rwanda! Thanks so much for capturing it :)

jen berry - 04/06/2010 - 4:43 pm

these are so amazing. i said before and i’ll say again. so talented. so giving. so loving.

Jessica - 03/20/2010 - 3:29 pm

Amazing work.

arenda - 03/13/2010 - 11:11 pm

what beautiful photographs! each one is so evocative.

Josh - 03/05/2010 - 12:42 pm

love those photos! so good.

allyson - 03/03/2010 - 5:42 pm

mmm….brought back beautiful africa memories to my mind too!! love those pictures!! they stir the soul. thanks for the refresher. =)

Dev - 03/03/2010 - 2:13 pm

so rich and life-filled. I can’t wait for you guys to go back!