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3 Books To Read About Aftermath of Haiti Earthquake

GOD LOVES HAITI

God Loves HaitiA native of Haiti, Dimitry Elias Léger makes his remarkable debut with this story of romance, politics, and religion that traces the fates of three lovers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the challenges they face readjusting to life after an earthquake devastates their city.

Reflecting the chaos of disaster and its aftermath, God Loves Haiti switches between time periods and locations, yet always moves closer to solving the driving mystery at its center: Will the artist Natasha Robert reunite with her one true love, the injured Alain Destiné, and live happily ever after? Warm and constantly surprising, told in the incandescent style of José Saramago and Roberto Bolaño, and reminiscent of Gabriel García Márquez’s hauntingly beautiful Love in The Time of Cholera, God Loves Haitiis an homage to a lost time and city, and the people who embody it.

 

 

Beauty from Ashes: An Eyewitness Account of Haiti’s Tragic Earthquake

Beauty from ashesThe shaking was only the beginning. When a massive earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince, the staff at God’s Littlest Angels orphanage knew their biggest challenges were still ahead. Their buildings had stood and the 152 children in their care were alive, but the future was uncertain and survival was by no means guaranteed. In this honest and heart-wrenching account of living through the struggles of the earthquake’s aftermath, Melanie Wright Zeeb shares her own experiences as well as those of other staff members and adoptive families around the world. In Haiti, the staff faced shortages of food, water, medicine, and other supplies, and the fear of not being able to acquire more. The nerve-rattling aftershocks continued, adding to the stress of survival and the emotional and psychological trauma of living through a horrific natural disaster. Around the world, adoptive families waited anxiously and helplessly from afar, knowing that their children were in the middle of a disaster zone. For most of those families, their heartache transformed into unbelievable joy when their children were evacuated out of Haiti and into their arms. Beauty from Ashes is a story of suffering, pain, and loss, but also of hope, survival, and healing.

 

Heartache and Hope in Haiti

heartache and hope in haitiTo the day five years ago, a very special girl was volunteering with children in Haiti when an earthquake struck and claimed many lives. It was only hours before that she had texted her family, letting them know she was so moved by the children and their appreciation that she wanted to create an orphanage to continue helping them. The Gengels lost their daughter that day but her spirit lived on in her dream, which they refused to let die.

Len & Cherylann Gengel founded Be Like Brit, an orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti which has so far provided homes to children there, many who themselves lost family members in the 2010 earthquake. They invite you to remember those who perished in the catastrophic earthquake that disrupted many lives in Haiti five years ago.

“They love us so much and everyone is so happy. They love what they have and they work so hard to get nowhere, yet they are all so appreciative. I want to move here and start an orphanage myself.” – Britney Gengel
January 12, 2010

Heartache and Hope in Haiti is the amazing story that chronicles their journey. 100% of profits from the book benefit Brit’s Orphanage.

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Jan. 11, 2015

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