After a good friend of mine has spent the greater part of the past ‘x’ amount of years persuading me to travel to her native Haiti, I finally caved, with an opportunity to visit several schools and help spread some yuletide joy. Now when it comes to traveling and the holidays, the idea of venturing off to a third world country may not seem like the most palatable of destinations, but then again, those ‘all inclusive’ vacation packages always leave something to be desired, so why not. Although the idea seems nice in theory – ya’ know, help those in need and all that good stuff.. the reality was something I wasn’t quite prepared for.
From the moment I left the airport and headed to historic Hotel Oloffson, a place that would become my home for the duration of my trip, my eyes became previd to a completely different world from anything that I have ever before seen. Any notion of my American mindset to keep up with the Joneses and overindulge was immediately made null and void as you enter a world that simply lacks basic necessities. A world where emotional hardships play second fiddle to basic survival. The experience was humbling, the people are a brotherhood, the children are grateful and the country is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. So hit that play button below and check out my photo journal of my holiday in Haiti. Special thanks Richard Morse and his incredible family for their hospitality, and to Dayanne Danier (of Fleur de Vie) and Martine for working tirelessly to make this trip a success and giving these children reason to smile.
RAM – “Ibo Lele (Dreams Come True)”