In the Summer 2017 edition of Outreach Magazine, we asked our field photographer Wayne Rowe to tell us about a photo from his time with Outreach that he finds especially resonant:
“I visited Haiti immediately following the earthquake in 2010. Amidst the pain and suffering, there was still a determination to continue life with as much normalcy as possible. Makeshift schools were being erected, and some of the children continued with their studies. The little boy in the photo told me that he had lost his parents in the earthquake and was living on the streets with his sister. He told me, “I must get an education, though — that is the only way for me to improve my life.” I was struck by his resolution and insight. As I look up at the photo in my office, [shown above] he is a constant reminder to me that no matter how tough life is, a resolve such as his can get us through it.”
As I look up at the photo in my office, [shown above] he is a constant reminder to me that no matter how tough life is, a resolve such as his can get us through it.
Darn right, Wayne. Outreach’s work in Haiti is focused entirely on education; your generous gifts currently support 60 schools in the country, comprised of more than 4,350 students and 200 teachers. Besides building new classrooms, restrooms, and playgrounds, students receive nutritious, hot lunches daily, providing some with their only reliable mealtime, and equipping all with the fuel they need to stay motivated and hopeful as they work toward lives free from poverty.
How about a warm n’ fuzzy statistic to wrap things up? 97% of the students enrolled in Outreach’s school feeding program gained weight during the last school year. Yum!
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