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WHS students traveled to Haiti
Recently, two students from our school had the opportunity to travel to Haiti to befriend and help provide medical assistance to the people. They were amazed by the Haitians spirituality, and their love of life despite the extreme economic hardships they live with. In a recent faculty meeting the students shared their experience with the staff, and itsâ€™ impact on their lives. Below is the story of the journey of Brian and Trevor, in their own words.
Brian Collins: My experience in Haiti was truly a lifetime experience. When I sat down to write this I had no idea how to explain Haiti in such a short paragraph. I could write an entire book about my experiences there. The first morning we woke up to hundreds of kids standing outside the door of our house. It was incredible to see how excited they were to meet new people and to receive the love they rarely get.
It was amazing to me when I walked out, how out of all the kids, two small boys Tebo and Jakendy came up to me and held my hand. These two kids impacted my life so severely itâ€™s almost like Iâ€™m a completely different person. These two boys found me every morning and stayed with me the entire week.
This trip changed me forever. It taught me to be humble and to be pleased with what I have. There are Americans who are never satisfied with what they have including me, but yet there are kids in Haiti who will fight each other for a peanut. I am so thankful I had an opportunity to go and to now share my experiences with you. I did my best to explain what canâ€™t be explained in words.
Trevor Woodworth: This is going to be pretty hard, one paragraph for such an amazing life-changing experience. I learned many things in Haiti. The biggest thing I learned was that we as Americans take things for granted. We open a pack of cookies and eat 6 of them. We donâ€™t need them. Kids in Haiti desperately need them.
I will never forget Haiti. The first day we got there the orphans latched on and chose you right away. We didnâ€™t expect to love these children like we did. It was like love at first sight for them in a way. They accepted us without a doubt. They are so happy with absolutely nothing. They see a stick and some rocks and they are entertained for hours. We see it and keep walking.
We did so many amazing things there from singing in fields to riding donkeys to visiting their most sacred place. If you ever have a chance to go to Haiti, go. You wonâ€™t regret it, I promise.
Written by: Brian Collins and Trevor Woodworth
Posted: Jan 24, 2011 by Cheryl Edwards