The Hope in Hopelessness

The Hope in Hopelessness

From June 23, 2021 In aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and during the last six years at Santa Chiara, I’ve come face to face with hopelessness of intense suffering that accompanies extreme poverty that is magnified by political corruption and mindless gang violence. The hopelessness often overwhelmed me. I had to remind myself over and over again that…

All Is Green and Good

All Is Green and Good

From June 21, 2021 There is verse in a poem by George Mackay Brown stating: “In childhood, all is green and good, Trees, horses, stones, stars, flowers.” That is true for most of those reading this Journal, though many might substitute dogs or cats for horses. But it is certainly not true of a Haitian childhood, where all is hunger…

Things Are Changing

Things Are Changing

From June 19, 2021 My painfully realistic descriptions of life in Haiti are tough to read. The heartbreaking stories of many of our kids are even tougher to read. The fact that we’ve been operating virtually on a month-to-month basis for more than six years doses not instill confidence in potential new donors. The Journals sometimes give the impression I’m…