April 27, 2010

beauty from ashes

In March, my husband traveled to Haiti with Got Your Back Movement to photograph their trip for them as they worked alongside Danita's Children. GYB states their mission beautifully on their site:

WHY CLOTHES.
Clothing is important for a variety of reasons. Clothes can protect, identify, and provide opportunities. Through giving clothes, we are restoring purpose, giving hope, showing love, and seeing sustainable change in lives and communities throughout the world.

WHY EDUCATION.
Nearly 1 billion people have entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names. The total includes more than 130 million school age children. They live in more desperate living conditions and poorer health than those who have an education. Through the Got Your Back Uniform Campaign, we provide children all over the world with school uniforms which grant them the chance at receiving an education.

This was a life changing trip for Tec. I've woken up over a dozen mornings to him watching a video of the students he spent time with singing their morning prayer. Like with any of these trips, his heart grew larger so that a bit of it could be left in Haiti.

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I have been stressed out and callously going through the motions lately. I needed to be reminded of these people, of these images and their stories, today.
I really have no idea.

I know it may seem out of place to talk about this sort of thing on my blog. But I know what a gentle-spirited group of readers I have. I believe that our work and talk about beauty is still relevant. I know we're created with a heart that desires all types of beauty, so I don't want to seem like I'm trivializing it. But I also know that such a heart also desires that we love one another well--our neighbors near and far--so I thought you'd appreciate a glimpse into the beauty and goodness that can come from tragedy.

Hopefully I'll love people better today because of it.
Beauty from ashes, right?

16 comments:

Cara said...

Beautiful, beautiful photographs.
Wow.

xoxox

Rachael Ann Lunghi said...

this is beautiful.
yes. beauty from ashes.

Nikki said...

Thanks for inspiring me to be a better, more aware person today.

Copious Couture said...

what an inspirational program!!! your husband must have been so moved by everything! Incredible!

Carissa
http://copiouscouture.blogspot.com

R. said...

It's so inspiring to see these kids smile through adversity. You're right, we could certainly learn something from them. xox

Becca @ Lovely Yellow Ribbons said...

I LOVE them, Chelsea! Thanks for sharing :)

Stacy said...

Beautiful photographs. If you could upload the video of the morning prayer I would love to see it.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic. The power of a photograph can not be matched. Truly a gift to capture such emotion and make a reader tear up immediately! You never know who is looking at a photo and thinking what they can do to to help. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the reminder Chelsea, We are such a blessed nation in so many ways. Tec captured the joy on these young peoples faces. They know the true meaning of needs and wants. Be Blessed

connie said...

This is great and encouraging. I think it's great that your husband is able to use his gifts for this case. Oil for joy and garment of praise :)

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Whitney said...

Those are absolutely beautiful photographs.

messynessie13 said...

God Bless you and your husband!!

kayce hughes said...

beautiful photographs. my 16 year old has been asking to go so that he can photograph.

FASHION & CIRCUS said...

Wow, such beautiful photos.
so very lovely.


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Kimia Kline said...

I never get sick of reading this post. You are such a beautiful writer.