Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ile a Vache, Haiti

I traveled to Haiti for the third time in nine months. And like each time before, the transportation is grueling, the air quality is atrocious and the days are exhausting. The kids, however, are always amazing.

I travel to Haiti with Global Family Philanthropy, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that operates a home for children in Les Cayes, about a 4-hour bus ride from Port Au Prince. I volunteer as a photographer and serve on the board. On this past trip, GFP founder Lori Goldberg wanted to deliver a $5,000 donation to the L'oeuvre Saint Fran├žois orphanage on the remote island of Ile a Vache. For 30 years, Sister Flora, a French-Canadian nun, has cared for 70+ children at this orphanage, many of whom are physically and mentally disabled. Her charitable work includes the opening of a school located in her village, where her children and neighborhood kids attend.
    
Visiting her is one of my favorite ways to experience Haiti. Not only are her children wonderful, but the island is gorgeous. Many visitors stay on the island in one of the two resorts. They volunteer with Sister Flora during the day and then hike back to their hotel. The beaches are pristine and the water is clear and warm. Ile a Vache is really something special.

At Sister Flora's door. 2011. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Big Eyes. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
The Footpath. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Sister Flora's children. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Teasing from Sister Flora. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Greetings. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Hello Linda. 2011. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
A break from the chair. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Administration. 2011. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Running Home. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Parking lot. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Market Day. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Home. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Abaka Bay Resort. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography


2 comments:

  1. wow. amazing photographs of amazing people. i envy you jill, doing something that helps others and being around other humanitarians. do you feel so alive doing it? i miss that feeling. i want that feeling.

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    1. How funny life is. I was reading your blog the other day and thinking how amazing your life is, how beautiful your babies are. I looked at all your photos from Mexico and imagined what life would be like when Scott and I start a family. I want that feeling. Cheers to it all, my friend.

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