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... 


    January 28th, 2011 at 6:04 pm  

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

  2. Catherine Bell said... 


    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... 


    January 29th, 2011 at 10:44 pm  

    Very Nice:)

  4. Coach T said... 


    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... 


    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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