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Supply the Love: Haiti

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Supply the Love: Haiti

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

Cindy in Haiti

I had the opportunity to go to Haiti in July for a Summer School Camp put on by Community Coalition for Haiti.  This was my second trip down to Haiti, my first one was through my church Bloomington Evergreen Church.  As I was getting ready for my trip I came across a Facebook post about an organization called Print the Love.  I grew up with a family that took TONS of pictures.  When I read about their mission to “promote hope, love, and encouragement by uplifting others, helping them to see the beauty in themselves regardless of their circumstances by giving them a picture”, I knew I had to apply for a camera.  To my delight, my application was accepted and off to Haiti I went with a Polaroid camera and packs of film.  Below are just a few of the experiences that I had while I was there.
 

This is my dear friend Junior (blue shirt) and his beautiful family (uncle, mother, sister and niece).  Junior’s mother was so thrilled to have a picture of her family.  They are currently building a cinder block home and she wanted to find a safe place for the picture so she could put it up in their new house when it’s finished being built.
 

This is Ladine and her mother Bryenne.  Watching their facial expressions as the picture started to appear was the greatest thing.  Bryenne kept flipping the picture over trying to figure out where the image was coming from.  It was wonderful.

We came across this group of young men in the village of Chabin, that were getting ready to have a soccer match.  They put together this tournament during the week of the World Cup.  At first, none of them wanted their picture taken.  I finally talked one of the teams into taking a team picture and when they saw the picture develop right before their eyes, it was game on with picture taking.  We did team pictures, individual pictures, they even started posing.  It was amazing!  I also learned that they don’t like to smile in pictures.  “It’s not professional” is what I was told. Love it!

Haiti has a complex, rich, fascinating, and tumultuous culture and history with stories of resistance, revolt, and instability. But one of the fundamental aspects of Haiti and its people is their resilience. In spite of slavery, multiple coups, various occupations and militarization, and natural disasters, Haiti continuously fights to remain strong.  I love this country and the people who call it home.  My heart will always be with Haiti!

Supply the Love Haiti

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Supply the Love: Haiti

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Supply the Love: Haiti

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

Deb in Haiti

I have worked with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) hosting mobile pack events for the past 6 years.  When they offered a Food in Action trip to Haiti myself and another committee member, we jumped at the chance to go. 

During our five days in Haiti, the 19 of us with FMSC were kept on the move.  On Sunday we attended church and visited a metalsmith market.  Monday, we visited Melissa’s Hope, a special needs orphanage and Chance’s for Children, an orphanage & clinic.  Wednesday, we visited The Apparent Project and the Good Shepherd Orphanage.  Thursday, we went to Real Hope for Haiti, a rescue center for starving babies and others and in the afternoon, we visited Hot Futbol, an afterschool soccer program that feed the children following their practice. 

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At Melissa’s Hope, most of the children were confined to wheelchairs and had been abandoned by their parents.  Pascal and his wife have taken them in and will care for them the rest of their lives.  The orphanage receives no state funding so when I took out the camera and started taking their pictures – the pictures were treasured!  The smiles and laughs were music to our ears! 

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Chances for Children includes an orphanage for children who are eligible for adoption and a clinic for the community.  The adoption process takes 15 months to 2 years. All the children have been given up by their birth parents and are waiting for their forever home.  They were excited to have a picture of their own to keep.  They kept yelling Me, Me, Me! In hopes that I would take another picture of them!  I had to keep saying ‘Only one”.

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When we visited Real Hope for Haiti we saw children that were severely malnourished but were excited to have their picture taken.  The rescue center is about 10 miles out of the city, but the travel and roads made it a very challenging place to visit.  Mothers would walk 2-6 hours just to get their sick children to the center. 

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The Hot Futbol program is unique that the kids come to play soccer, but it was when they were playing in a tournament they soon discovered that the kids didn’t have enough to eat to keep their strength up to finish the tournament, that is when they connected with FMSC to give them food.  The kids come from all over Port Au Prince to play soccer. 

This was a wonderful experience for all involved.  Thank you for the opportunity to Share the Love!

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