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:
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.
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.
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?