I was so happy that I was granted the opportunity to visit Haiti. I had wanted to go November 2010 but because of my classes at school i was not able to miss to go on my church's trip so I knew as soon as they announced that they were planning a trip for April 2011 I had to go. Around Christmas time I was able to choose a child to sponsor and I chose a four year old boy named Kenley who attends school on the Baptist Haiti Mission (the place I stayed while in Haiti). I was able to visit him one of the days while I was in Haiti and I brought him gifts. I also got to meet his father and visited his home. While visiting with him and his father I found out that his family doesn't have a house they live in their neighbors' houses. After hearing this I was motivated to finish the house that my church group had began in the beginning of the week because it hit me how many people living there still don't have homes. Madame Nikoli, a widow whose house we built while we were in Haiti, lost her home after the earthquake and was forced to live in her shed, which was a tiny space surrounded by sheet metal, for many months until a bug problem became too bad. She then contacted the Baptist Haiti mission and filed out forms to put in a request to have a new home built. After hearing her story on the day we dedicated her house it really made me realize how many people there are in the world who are just like her and are in need and I hope to help many more as my life goes on. As much information on the news that you hear about Haiti being destroyed it is still a beautiful country and many buildings are still standing. I wish to return there this November if my schooling allows because I love it so much.
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