When I agreed to go to Haiti with my mom I was expecting to see terrible things. And I did see lots of what I expected—extreme poverty, tent cities, trash, and deforestation.

But even the worst things I saw didn’t shock me.  I see those things in the news all the time.

What shocked me was the beauty of this country—one that I always assumed lacked the resources to sustain itself. As I continued my journey in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, I felt compelled to share not its many needs, but the thing I felt most strongly when I left it: Hope.

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About the Author: Calah Schlabach is a freelance journalist with World Next Door. She graduated from Calvin College in 2009 with a degree in English and a concentration in long-distance running, then spent a year volunteering in Hanoi, Vietnam. She doesn't know what the next turn her life will be, but is planning to make sure it includes sampling plenty of strange/delicious food!

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  1. kim said... 

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    January 28th, 2011 at 6:04 pm  

    beautiful photos! and as always, i’m blown away by the haitian people.

  2. Catherine Bell said... 

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    January 29th, 2011 at 12:31 pm  

    Thanks so much. Helps even with praying, to see this side of Haiti … the life that can be for people in this beautiful place, amidst this evidences of God the Creator. Really appreciate these photos and comments.

  3. Jim.M said... 

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    January 29th, 2011 at 10:44 pm  

    Very Nice:)

  4. Coach T said... 

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    February 24th, 2011 at 7:07 pm  

    Calah that is very nice….keep up the wonderful work. Maybe one day you can come home to the rez and write about it as well.

  5. Heather Sunseri said... 

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    October 21st, 2011 at 8:52 am  

    I completely agree with you about the shock of seeing such a beautiful country and having that overshadow the other junk you expected.

    Great photos!!

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