Steph Project Haiti


zombie talk & creepy stuff / part one
April 16, 2013, 7:35 pm
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in haiti  i noticed they put everything on TV..even shots of the camera mans feet while he walks to his car or chases down the member of parliament he is looking to interview…last year around this time i sat back and watched a live news broadcast of a man who was pronounced dead and woke up at his own funeral in Port Au Prince ..instead of family members rushing him to a nearby hospital the news crews showed up on site..the funeral attendees all were being interviewed while the poor old dude lay there half alive in his coffin while his family attested to the fact he was indeed dead but was alive again on live television…now if that was me I would be tripping out too but i would be rushing that family member or “semi dead” human to a hospital not gabbing in front of a news camera..so i sat there watching this whole thing in disbelief thinking the whole time ” is anyone going to take this poor dude to a hospital” ..finally a few hours later they took him to a hospital where he “died” again…

locals often share creepy tales with me about zombies and voodoo but i always try to keep an open mind ………

my first live in encounter with voodoo stuff was in 2011 just before the Haitian presidential elections. i was in the middle of no where Haiti with a production crew, we were on assignment and were supposed to be tailing a religious group from Canada to attest to their ” work ” in that specific area…well their “work” in that area was fairly non existent so we ended up ditching them in a mud hut village where folks were mainly half naked and such ( not including us).. and went on a walk about looking for some thing to film and photograph that was not as boring and diluted as the assignment …. the next thing you knew we were smack in the middle of a voodoo ceremony in the priests house…which is primarily my doing because out of ignorance i had no idea what was going on in that hut..

folks in the country side of haiti and lots of other places are particularly fond of machetes since they are used for farming among other purposes.. these folks may have been “under dressed” but were strapped with some very large machetes ….so it was making me a bit weary to be in this hut with the drums going and a bunch of men with dark black cookie eyes staring at me..you know like when the pupils are all dilated …it was like that but intense and floaty as if it was not them at all behind the pupils..

one of the men i was shooting with was a self proclaimed Buddhist and me of course the intense hippy liberal version of the born again charismatic christian …so needless to say it was a weird scenario..the two of us stood there filming and photographing the “ceremony” when this weird dark vibe came over me as if it were a black cape of wind that was applying pressure to me ( .. yea thats my best description.. ) the voodoo priest guy was bent on getting me into his little mud hut which only had one entrance..

i was trying to play it cool because we were getting some bad, freaky and mixed vibes ..were we welcome or not welcome..?I didn’t want to trip out and just bail on my partner i was shooting with and leave him with the half naked mud hut cookie eye voodoo ceremony dudes ..so I walked into the priests hut..and I immediately got the screaming NO feeling in my gut and so did my partner and he leaned into me and said ” i dont like this lets get out of here” and i immediately started praying in tongues and looked around the hut and saw all sorts of creepy stuff hanging from the ceiling ..but the thing that freaked me out the most was a blonde cabbage patch doll this priest had with a bunch of odd things dangling with it…the cabbage patch threw me way off base because here we were in the middle of no where and there was this cabbage patch doll ..just like the one i had when i was small ..all i was thinking was” how the hell did this dude get this doll ?these folks don’t even have a car , water or food anywhere with in at least 40 miles of this joint”…so we bailed in a manor which we thought was discrete but it probably was ridiculous..

we bolted and meanwhile forgot that we had ditched our production assistant with the religious group and were indeed a bit off the beaten path on our little “walk about” ..we were walking in a lush field recovering from our “ceremony” cabbage patch experience when we were approached discreetly by a woman telling us to run away…by the time we clued in we realized we were smack in the middle of a grow op… yep so needless to say it was an interesting morning…

what inspired this zombie blog today was some research on the Haitian penal code .. I discovered that in Haitian law (article 269) it excuses a husband for murdering his wife if the wife is found in an adulterous affair. Wives do not enjoy the same right..oh the patriarchal birds sing ……

so whilst men can slay wives they can not however slay or create a zombie under Article 249 of the Haitian Penal code ( makes sense to me??) .Apparently It shall also be qualified as attempted murder the employment which may be made against any person of substances which, without causing actual death, produce a lethargic coma more or less prolonged. If, after the person had been buried, the act shall be considered murder no matter what result follows.

It is believed that a zombie is a dead person that is brought back to life through means of Vodoun or necromancy, destroying the mental processes of this person through the process. Most people consider zombies only to be the stuff of horror books and movies, but some believe they do exist in Haiti in the present day. Many locals believe that thousands of people in Haiti are considered to be zombies, some of which lead normal everyday lives with families, jobs and are respected citizens. It¹s even considered to be a crime to make a zombie in Haiti as I mentioned above ( Haitian penal code article 249).

Apparently to make a zombie, a voodoo practitioner makes a potion that consists of mainly the poison of the pufferfish (one of the strongest nerve poisons known to man, the clinical drug norcuron has similar effects and is used during surgery) that is given to the intended victim. This causes severe neurological damage, primarily effecting the left side of the brain (the left side of the brain controls speech, memory and motor skills). The victim suddenly becomes lethargic, then slowly seems to die. In reality, the victim¹s respiration and pulse becomes so slow that it is nearly impossible to detect. The victim retains full awareness as he is taken to the hospital, then perhaps to the morgue and finally as they are buried alive. Then, at the voodoo practitioner¹s leisure does he come to retrieve the victim, now become a slave, as a commodity (at one time it was said that most of the slaves who worked in the sugar cane plantations of Haiti were zombies. One case in 1918 had a voodoo priest named Ti Joseph who ran a gang of laborers for the American Sugar Corporation, who took the money they received and fed the workers only unsalted porridge). A zombie will remain in a robot-like state indefinitely, until he tastes either salt or meat(so much for (The Night of the Living Dead). Then the zombie becomes aware of their state, immediately returning to the grave. The reality behind the zombie has only been taken seriously by medical science within the last ten years, since the use of CAT scans of the brain, along with the confessions of voodoo priests, explaining their methods. Previous to that, zombies were considered mental defective by science or explained as stunts to try to confuse scientists.

This powder is why my husband and friends have taught me when sharing a drink with some one or giving some one a bottle of rum you have to first have a sip of it in the event this powder is present and that person is trying to make you their zombie …

Locals believe there are many examples of zombies in modern day Haiti. Papa Doc Duvallier the dictator of Haiti from 1957 to 1971 was said to have had a private army that consisted of zombies, called “tonton macoutes”. These people were said to be in trances and they followed every command that Duvallier gave them. Duvallier was also a devout voodooist, as are many people in Haiti, who lead a voodoo church with many followers. He also claimed that he was immortal and he would rule Haiti forever, promising to return after his death to rule again. After his death (a heart attack), he did not come back, although a guard was placed at his tomb, to insure that he would not try to escape, or so someone wouldn’t try to steal the body (this is a common practice in Haiti, along with the padlocking of tombs, for the same reason). There are also many stories of people that die, then many years later return to the shock and surprise of relatives. There is a story of a man named Caesar who returned 18 years after he died to marry, have three children and die again, 30 years after he was originally buried. Another case involved a student from a village near Port-au-Prince who had been shot in a robbery attempt. Six months later, the student returned to his parent¹s house as a zombie. At first it was possible to talk with the man, and he related the story of his murder, a voodoo witch doctor stealing his body from the ambulance before he reached hospital and his transformation into a zombie. As time went on, he became unable to communicate, he grew more and more lethargic and died.

A case reported a writer named Stephen Bonsal described a zombie he witnessed in 1912 in this way:A man had at intervals a high fever he had joined a foreign mission church and the head of the mission saw the patient die. He assisted at the funeral and saw the dead man buried. Some days later the supposedly dead man was found dressed in grave clothes, tied to a tree, moaning. The poor wretch soon recovered his voice but not his mind. He was indentifed by his wife, by the psysicain who had prounced him dead, and by the clergyman. The victim recognized no-one, and his days were spent moaning inarticulate words no-one could understand.

With all this said i could try to use science to refute all of the local accounts and stories and find logical explanations for some of these things but in life i have realized there are some things you simply can not make sense of and this is one of them..

Sources Cited

Arthur C. Clarke¹s Mysterious World: Zombies and Voodoo BBC and Discovery Channel 1996

Cassiel The Encyclopedia of Black Magic 1989 New York Mallard Books

The Haitian Penal Code

Out of This World Volume 20 1975



Hundreds of families left homeless in new wave of evictions

The Haitian authorities must urgently move to prevent illegal and violent evictions of people living in make shift camps and take meaningful steps to provide them with appropriate housing, said Amnesty International , after a new wave of evictions affected hundreds of families across Port-au-Prince.

Many of the 350,000 people still living in makeshift camps following the 2010 earthquake are also at risk.

On 22 January, police officers violently evicted 84 families from camp Fanm Koperativ, in the municipality of Port-au-Prince.

According to information gathered by Amnesty International, families were not given any notice of the eviction and were forced out of their make-shift tents by the police accompanied by a group of men armed with machetes and hammers.

Suze Mondesir, a member of the camp committee, recounted their ordeal: “Around 10am a group of police officers accompanied by men armed with machetes and knives arrived at the camp. They insulted us and began to demolish our tents. The men pushed us around and the police waved their guns at us to prevent us from reacting.”

A few days before the eviction, residents had organized a press conference to denounce the lack of response from the authorities regarding their situation. Residents believe that the expulsion might have happened as a reprisal to that.

Women have been particularly affected by the eviction as they have not only lost their homes and belongings but also their small business initiatives. Cléane Etienne, a resident from Camp Fanm Koperatif said: “They kicked over the pot of coffee which I was going to sell. That was my livelihood. Now I need money to start over.”

Another woman said: “Not only did we lose our belongings but we also had to buy wood and tarpaulins to rebuild our shelters, because we have nowhere else to go.”

“Evicting people living in make-shift camps inflicts yet more trauma on people who have already lost everything in the earthquake. By not even allowing them time to gather their things and by leaving them out on the street,, the authorities are denying earthquake victims their dignity ” said Javier Zúñiga, Special Advisor at Amnesty International.

Earlier in the month, on 12 January – the third anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake – municipal officials and officials from the Civil Protection Agency forcibly evicted around 600 families from Camp Place Sainte-Anne, also in the municipality of Port-au-Prince.

The camp’s residents were informed of the eviction only five days in advance and were promised 20,000 gourdes (approximately US$480) per family. However, according to the local organization Groupe d’Appui aux Refugiés et Repatriés, 250 families have yet to receive the money. On the day of the eviction, none of the families were given enough time to gather their belongings before their shelters were destroyed.

Carnise Delbrun, a member of the camp committee in Camp Place Sainte-Anne said: “We saw municipal officials firing in the air, throwing stones so we would leave, the police came later to back them up. Four people were hurt including a one year-old baby and a five year-old child who were injured by a plank of wood when the municipal officials were destroying their tent. Other residents were hit by stones and a lot of us lost money, mobile phones and other personal effects.”

“Forcing people out of camps must be avoided at all costs, and there must be genuine consultation and the provision of adequate alternative housing before any eviction takes place.” said Javier Zúñiga, “The Haitian authorities must prioritize the housing needs of those people still living in dire conditions in displacement camps three years after the earthquake,” he added.

On 12 January 2010, a devastating earthquake in Haiti left 200,000 dead and 2.3 million people homeless. Three years on, it is estimated that more than 350,000 people are currently living in 496 camps across the country.
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Works Cited : Amnesty International



Humanitarian Action Plan For Haiti 2013

The United Nations Office for coordinated Humanitarian Affairs put together this action plan, it covers some of the issues and touches on the crippling effects of the food crisis that paralyzes so many we care for in Haiti. …read on for your self…. perhaps the report will inspire you to come along side in some capacity.

Humanitarian action in Haiti over the last three years has helped improve the lives of over 1.5 million Haitians.  Almost three years after the devastating earthquake in 2010 that cost the lives of 217,300 people and left 2.1 million homeless, humanitarian action has accomplished significant tangible results.  From 2010 to 2012, humanitarian actors ensured adequate services to the 1.5 million displaced after the earthquake and helped return or relocate 77% of these people out of camps.  The number of people newly affected by the cholera epidemic has been considerably reduced and mortality rates lowered to 1.2%.  National capacities to prepare for and respond to future emergencies have also been strengthened.

Despite these improvements, significant humanitarian needs remain that require a sustained humanitarian engagement.  Despite the progress made in the last years, Haiti is still confronted with a number of critical needs that national capacities alone cannot resolve.  Of particular concern is the deteriorating food security situation affecting at least 2.1 million people which risks evolving into a nutritional crisis if no preventive interventions are carried out.  Today, 81,600 children under five are acutely malnourished; 20,000 of these suffer severe acute malnutrition and are nine times more likely to die than healthy children.  Among internally displaced people, 358,000 remain in camps facing deteriorating living conditions and increased vulnerability to protection incidents.  They are in urgent need of return solutions.  There are recurring localized peaks of cholera whilst reduced prevention and curative capacities endanger the country’s ability to ensure adequate responses.  Large segments of the population face continuous vulnerability due to their limited capacity to withstand external shocks, particularly those related to the natural disasters.

Humanitarian funding and capacities have been reduced drastically in the last year whilst national capacities remain fragile.  Despite the needs outlined above, the funding gap is widening.  From the US$1.1 billion received in the aftermath of the earthquake, humanitarian funding for 2012 decreased to $62 million, which is only 42% of the humanitarian requirements identified.[1]  Whilst increased efforts are being made to use available reconstructions and development funds to meet residual humanitarian needs, significant gaps remain requiring prompt action on the basis of humanitarian principles.

The costs of a premature disengagement are too high and endanger the hard-won gains attained so far.  The dramatic decline in humanitarian funding puts at risk the important gains achieved to date and the mechanisms established to respond to existing needs and potential new ones.  These risks include a possible nutritional crisis if food insecurity is not addressed; a resurgence in the number of victims of cholera and an increase in mortality rates; a deterioration in the living conditions of people in camps; an increase in the incidence of water-borne diseases such as typhoid and diphtheria; and a surge in the number of people affected by old and new disasters.

Humanitarian assistance is still needed to capitalize on recent progress and act as a safety net in the event of future shocks.  The recent storms Isaac and Sandy highlighted the fragility of national emergency response capacities and the continuous need for international support to respond to new crises.  A concerted effort to capitalize on the work deployed to date is needed to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and help the government build its capacities to respond to future emergencies.

The Humanitarian Action Plan 2013 aims to assist one million people identified as the most vulnerable.  $144 million in international assistance is required to support the implementation of the plan.  A significant new element in the HAP is the major focus on addressing food insecurity (34% of total funding sought).  Unlike previous CAPs, the HAP only focuses on critical priorities and does not include all sectors of intervention.

Sources Cited : OCHA

To come along our current food distribution programme in Haiti please visit www.haitiloverevolution.org 

To see how much of the resources needed to implement this action plan have been achieved click here for full disclosure http://fts.unocha.org/



The Real Heros
 In honor of the 3rd year anniversary of the 2010 Earth Quake – By Steph Limage
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i took this photo in 2010…this was the area that was hit hardest by the 2010 Earthquake an area called Fort National. all this flat area you see in the photo is a mass grave.., there once stood housing now turned to dust and rubble piled on top again and again..everything was levelled including the people who dwelled inside..never to be seen alive again..in this area my friend Sunny and his crew from the neighbourhood ( just a crew of local men who saw a need to take care of the dead as there was no one there to help) dug out the bodies, threw them in piles and burned them….
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this is Sunny in the photo with me , after the quake in 2010, my friend Jr from the NY Times/CNN i was traveling with took it…he and i were collecting facts, documenting, and falling down the rabbit hole..thus my journey began..
hundreds  people died in this place..consisting of neighbours and friends that Sunny burned ..can you picture having to do that? having to burn your neighbours bodies?
we do not  have their names written on a special wall to remember them because no one knew who they were except people who saw the simplicty of their excistance and survival here on earth..people like Sunny who would have seen them playing with their kids..fetching a bucket of water or cooking some rice.
some had no ID..they are the poor of the world…and we view them as disposable..burnable ..garbage..
sadly Sunny was not alone..this was the case all over Haiti..a very sad moment in history for Haiti.
the smell of decaying people being burned is the worst smell to smell… the hardest thing for me to get over ..it took me 5 months just to recover from being in a place like this..seeing that death..smelling it..standing on the ashes..wiping the ash of my boots…the waste of life..the in-justice ..it can drive you mad .wiping the dust on my boots..but it was people..
people that were never counted in the “grand totals” of the death tolls…such a loss of life..such a sad sad day today for so many people..the post traumatic stress and aftereffects a real survivor goes through, a haitian who has no resources, no family, no programmes to turn to..that is the real survivor..one who knows hunger, one who suffers daily in the heat, dirt and filth baking under pieces of old tin and plastic fitted together with sticks
Image..the one who now because an earthquake took the only thing they had..(a home)..is left to a life of extreme poverty and homelessness that pushes them to prostitute them selves to get a bag a spaghetti to feed the hungry people they share a dwelling with
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these survivors are my real heros, the poor, the forgotten you are stronger and more durable than any humans i have ever encountered and for that owe you the highest respect and honour. those who are still recovering from this horrible event, those who are hanging on to hope & there everyday fighting the fight.
Here is a quote the president said today

“Twa lane apre tè a te tranble 12 janvye 2010, pi bon omaj nou ka rann viktim yo se kole zepòl pou nou konstwi yon pi bon peyi pou timoun yo” President Michel Martelly Haiti

I will leave you with that…

steph

here is an uplifting song about survival my husband wrote & produced in haiti called “the fight of my life”. My husband is another hero to me, another survivor and a major inspiration to me.



an instrument inside – by david limage aka mikelab

Every single person has in instrument inside them, for those who are lucky enough to have someone in their life to help them grow and see them grow as a person and use that instrument to benefit others or for something good in life.

But for those who don’t have that luck ,that one person to help them watch them growing as a person ..they might never know what kind of talent they have or the purpose of their mission here on earth.

There’s a lot of kids that didn’t have the chance to grow up with their parents but ended up being with a family member that can take care of them or guide them in life show them how to be a person in society.

if they don’t have that family member the government might give them opportunity to go to school to learn and be what ever they want to be through giving them access to student loans, grants and scholarships..that is in first world schools.

In the first world countries they teach the kids in school that they can be what ever they want to be and have what ever they want to have…..and that’s amazing to teach them at a very young age to dream and realize that dream,what a wonderful thing knowing that you can accomplish your dreams in life.

But at the same time there’s some places we call the third world countries (like haiti where i am from) where grown up people some times dont know what they are going to do to make it in life .

Now imagine for a kid that has no body and doesn’t know who  his or her  family is …or where he or she is from.

The only thing that kid might know is that he or she has been dropped in an orphanage & has no memory of how he or she ended up being in the street,that’s bad ,it’s bad growing up with no identity , and to not know where you came from …who is your family ….growing in a country where the government doesn’t care about you as a kid ..they don’t have a plan to help you have an education and be a good person in life,they just don’t care .

theses kids here in haiti have no idea how to dream,when they try to they think it might never come to reality..i know this because i am the same way…the only thing they know is how to survive , for them surviving is to do what ever is possible to have some food to eat or have a place to sleep…

it happens some times… some one might tell them( the street kids) they want to help them put them in school and take care of them, and then the kids ..they are very excited about it , seeing a lots of kids their age going to school with their parents and them..well they are in the streets every day with no clothes doing their best to have something to eat & in  their head they’re asking “does God think this about me?am I his son like theses other kids?why am I in the streets ?why  can’t have some one to look after me?why  can’t I have some one to give me a hug when I’m sad? Why?”…. And that “why ” sometimes makes them angry, some of them when they are angry they become violent.

and for the ones who decided to go with some random person they don’t know ,thinking that life will be better for them and they will have the chance to go to school learn how to read and be a person with a bright future…

but it turns out that a lot of people reach out to theses kids   with  the objective to use them as slaves (kids slavery) 7 -8 year old kids lifting up big bokits of water on their head walking kilometers to take care of that persons house.

they don’t send them to school like they promise and they end up doing hard labor work at a very young age,when they start understanding that they have been lied to they are going to run away and get back in the street again which is very bad cause we know how the organ trafficking is in Haiti especially with little kids that have no voice ..no body to look after them … no government to make plans for them. Each one of them has an instrument inside them & in my opinion I know that everybody needs a mentor to show them how to do things in life , like Jesus did with the disciples after showing them how to reach out to people how to make miracles, these kids need a voice, they want to be able to dream they want some one to tell them when you want something in life you can have by doing the good and right thing in life.

That’s what my wife and I want to do cause I know how it is and how it feels being on your own  at a young age with no supports it might take years to take that sadness out of you we need your help this is not something that David and Steph can do alone they need your support they need your love a bit of love can make a lot of difference , show them that God loves them and is using people from other countries to help them,to help them have a place to sleep , have food to eat everyday , have the right to go to school and be able to dream and make their dreams come true like you learned at school.

God blesses those who help the poor and the orphans cause they mean a lot in his eyes. Lets take action Let us be their hero . Help us get our shelter going, please , just do what you can but do it with your heart .

Click here to support our vision www.haitiloverevolution.org



Haiti and The Dominican Republic – The Roots of Division

un presecpective très intéressant et instructif historique des tensions raciales entre haïtiens et dominicains



missing friends + foster care in haiti

a few months ago we started bringing food to a small tent city that was near our home. this particular tent city had about 50 tents but 5 – 7 people per tent including women, children and the elderly who have been squatting on the small piece of land that resembles a garbage dump. i went to canada for 2 weeks and just got back to find all but 4 tents remaining in the camp. when i asked around i found out the govt paid them 300 USD to leave and go elsewhere. this is a pattern that is taking place all over the capital. the tents around the palace have also been evicted.. the reason for this in the local paper is a music festival the govt is putting on at the end of july with local haitian artists. normally i would love and endorse any type of arts festival but in this case i feel it was a sad excuse to evict my friends who have already lost everything and were living in horrific conditions. its beyond me who could start their life over from nothing on 300 bucks in a place like this that is already beyond over populated. if the famalies are lucky they may find dwellings in the slums that surround the city and make up a majority of the down town core .

around christmas time i was robbed and through the gps on my iphone that was in the loot the robber took i tracked him with mobile me online to his house. the house was in a slum outside of the capital and for the first time i was exposed to some of the “relocation camps” which were horrific. these relocation camps are far from resources and some of them are so far from the capital that i have no idea how the govt expects these people to sustain there long term.

the whole thing just breaks my heart… i guess you are familiar with the term ” out of site out of mind”…. thats how i feel many of my haitian  friends are. over the past 9 months i have been living here full-time i have tried to create awareness surrounding many of the barriers the poor and displaced in haiti have with some luck but not on the scale i had envisioned ..which brings me back to my original mission.. the film.. the film i came here to make and have been sitting on for nearly a year now. after a few fancy offers from american studios that wanted to completley dereail my pshycological positioning and story line of the film i walked away with my tail between my legs feeling as if i would not obtain the neccassary funding for mass distrubution and be stuck trying to “crowd” fund it through indiegogo or kick starter dot com… as you know i already have to do a great deal of fundraising for our outreach programs and general expenses so to be honest i became very unmotivated in the creative dept and weighed down with logistics of food shipments and distribution.

i had an email a few months back and the person said ” i hope u are sharing jesus when you feed these people” but the thing is you cant even have a basic conversation with  some one who has not eaten in days. i found this when we have street kids come by a few times during the week that we pick up and take come..i would try to talk and pray with them and often they would nod off into a sleep after a few minutes..which as you can imagine became quite frustrating. i then realized  if i wanted to talk with them i had to feed them first…which helped the attention span but after about 30 min they would nod off again..which also got me upset but then i realized  that the reason they were falling asleep on my patio with burning ciggarettes in their hands was because they felt safe here and could finally relax.

i cant imagine its easy to get a solid rest when you sleep outdoors especially in a place like Port Au Prince. After a few failed attempts to take in one of the children we were working with/reaching out to i realized that the model i based the whole Child Relocation Project on ( www.haitiloverevolution.org) was a recipe for disaster and needed to find an alternative solution/revamp the project..which i did. also these kids that we were taking in were stealing from us and are very good manipulators and i realized i was in way over my head.

for some one who came with the objective to bring immediate aid after a major natural disaster and make a feature documentary about it to move into the country where you were just planning on shooting a film in to expose truth is a whole other feature documentary in its self..hence the brain farts with my story boards for the film and the objectives.

going back to the sharing jesus part when feeding people… for one to understand fully what it is like to be literally starving would be the first way to try to relay the simple fact that when we hand out meal kits in the tent city we dont get to talk to people, its a riot, pushing , screaming, hitting and verbal abuse to us and those who are in front of them in the line up..that is if we can maintain enough order to keep a line formation… the food programme is not some thing i ever expected to start or being doing but here in haiti it is a big deal if you can eat everyday and we had to remedy that immediate need for our friends to worry about where their next meal was coming from and give them some peace and relief… i wouldn’t want a 14 year old girl to go prositute her self to support her family in her tent just so they can eat..so the food helps but it doesnt solve their problems.

with the weight of what to do about these street kids on my shoulders and what they really needed to move forward in life … i went to god in prayer for over a month. i cried, i fasted, i screamed at God, i nearly gave up believing in god all together and then one day it hit me… why not find haitian foster families that can actually deal with children such as these in their own culture and not some foreigner in a mixed marriage trying to rehabilitate them… after i realized that foster care was a better option than an institution i then prayed for the right people to simply present them selves to me with out me searching.. and that happend several months ago..

we were working with a christian rap group in the studio here and got to talking with the christian  married couple ( the lead singer in the group). he shared his testimony with me and it turned out he has known my husband for several years now. Perry is his name… and Perry has a crazy testimony from leaving the gang life on the streets of haiti and doing a 180 with god… over the months we got to know perry , his wife and children. i began to realize that they would make an amazing foster family for a few of the boys ( especially the ones that are professional thieves) . i stayed at perry’s place in the ghetto for 3 days trying to see what they were like at home and see how he talked to his kids and wife… the results were amazing.. i have never been more received by anyone..in-fact you can go a few posts back and see photos of perry and his family from the weekend i am referring to. over the past months we have grown to be great friends with this family and they have been a huge support to us in times of need in our own marriage . so with this said we approached perry with the idea of building the first house on our land here in SANTO PAP for him and his family to move to a safer area that is away from the gang violence of his current neighbourhood and then foster 2 of the children we have on our list. they loved the idea and said even if they didn’t relocate to our land they would take the kids…but i choose to wait because the area they currently live in is not some where the kids can stay out of trouble. the house they have also is only one step up from basically living on the street so its not an environment that is conducive to rehabilitating children.

so i prayed about it several times and then last week a friend of mine in AB Canada told me to write a proposal for the costs involved in building the first house, clearing the land, laying the foundation, building a proper latrine and water system…which is about 5grand..not allot to change a few lives.. so i am praying day and night for that to happen for the proposal to be accepted so we can get the first house built and start relocating the kids.

now going back to my original mission, my film VOIX DU HAITI… its done, and finally after many months i got my creative fires burning again thanks to my old proff from Vancouver Film School. we met up in Toronto last weekend and he inspired me to organize my shot lists and submit it to the editor for the final cut and gave me some connections i needed to funding. so now i know in my heart of hearts that this film for what ever reason is important to God and important to haiti and i am just going to pump it out no matter how i think people will view me or the content or my shooting style…i just need to fulfil the mission and tell the story the best i can and know i did my part aside from the feeding programme and these homeless kids.

i guess i was frozen  and now feel the creative floodgate has opened again..the ice is melting… seeing people suffering and all this political BS can really put a damper on things in the creative dept but i got too sucked in and have to work daily to not get sucked back into the pain, sorrow and misery its a bottomless pit once you let it overtake you..i also heard a sermon about jonah and how god told him to go talk to a group of people and he tried to bail out and that didn’t work out so well for him and god put him where he was supposed to be and i feel like that, i tried to escape god but here we are now finally hand in hand and i am night fighting him anymore about the fact he wants me in haiti right now.

anyways i am heading to the tent city now..or whats left of it to see where some of my friends ended up after their buy out …

if you want to help get the first house for Perry and his family to start fostering 2 of the boys we know from the streets then you can donate here www.haitiloverevolution.org where you can get a tax receipt or you can drop me a personal email steph@nehemiahrecords.com




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