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{World Exploration} Haiti From a Child’s Eye (Part 1)


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Last week I told you about the most emotionally moving experience I’ve had to date. There was a bit more to the story than I had time to tell last week.

While in Haiti, we really wanted to focus on the children that didn’t need medical attention and that had food and water. What didn’t they have? Their parents. Their friends. Their school teachers. Their daily lives. So my best friend and I created a project. We gave out 30 disposable cameras at an orphanage and school to kids of varying ages (most of whom were orphaned by the earthquake). We told the children to take pictures of what they loved about Haiti. They could take pictures of the destruction if they wanted but we would really love to see is what made them happy. Why did they love Haiti. We wanted the children to at least have a temporary reprieve from all their heartache. We then took them on field trips. The beach was 5 minutes away and yet none of them had ever been before. We took them to the beach and taught them how to play beach volleyball. The kids snapped photos of their friends, of us, of the ocean, of beach volleyball, etc. There was such joy in their faces.

What you see below is a collection of some of the most striking photographs. I haven’t edited them at all with the exception of bumping up the contrast on a few of them to make the picture easier to view. I’ve not cropped any of them. What you’re seeing is literally what makes 30 kids in Haiti happy. There are pictures of their families, homes, pets, friends, and sometimes even us. It is more moving then my words could ever be so I will simply let you see for yourself. Here is Haiti from a child’s eye.

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

haiti through a child's eye

It was amazing. We got to see a portion of these children’s soul in these photographs. And the legacy they wanted to impart to us about what they most enjoyed about life.

Next week, I will show more striking photos from the art project we have come to call “We Still Love Haiti” after a song that Berkys (a Haitian school teacher) wrote and played for us while we were there. I hope you’ll join me here next week.

Breathe. Live. Love. Create.

Lindsay – The Global Branding Gal – Designing with you [and the 7 billion other people on the planet] in mind

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