Group Talks About Week Spent In HaitiIt was a life-changing week for some people in the area-a week spent helping the victims of the deadly earthquake in Haiti. Tonight they came together to talk about what they saw and experienced there and how it affected them.
By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ
It was a life-changing week for some people in the area-a week spent helping the victims of the deadly earthquake in Haiti. Tonight they came together to talk about what they saw and experienced there and how it affected them. The eight of them met tonight at Teien Covenant Church near Drayton, North Dakota along with family and friends. It was a way to come together and celebrate a trip that benefited not only the people in Haiti, but those on the trip. They went for a week, split into two groups of four, less than two weeks after the deadly earthquake.
Brenna Kerr/Helped Organize Trip: "As we got closer to Port-au-Prince you could see the cracks in the buildings. You could see tilted buildings."
The group was there to provide medical care to the injured. They saw people who were in shock, infections, and broken bones that had never been set. They saw people whose hope had also been broken, and they helped fix that too.
Brenna Kerr: "We saw people who maybe initially didn't have hope for a future, but after seeing all the help that came in, they now had a hope that they would rebuild."
Group members also helped repair broken buildings. They worked on two sections of an outer wall of an orphanage that had collapsed. They didn't finish it, but say what they started will provide more for the people of Haiti than shelter.
Troy Erickson/Visited Haiti: "I would've liked to have seen the wall completed. I had to get back to my family but it was nice to also be stimulating the local economy and all the men down there are trying to find work."
Group members say being able to help the people in Haiti opened their eyes and made them richer people. They say they were also touched by all the other people who were there to help.
James Lamb/Visited Haiti: "It gave me a chance to see people with such a humble heart and wanting to help while we were down there in any capacity."
Group members say they learned the importance of patience, hard work, and teamwork on the trip.