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Adios America, Hello Haiti

Yesterday I booked my plane ticket out of New York and am finally leaving the states after an amazing summer of disaster response with another wonderful group of people. Way back in July I went to St Louis for a couple of weeks R&R, expecting to get right back on a plane to Japan. I left everything useful in Ofunato and therefore showed up on Project Minot without a single pair of trousers or anything resembling a closed-toe shoe. Nevertheless, as is the magic of an All Hands project, everything came together and the weeks on the prairie went by in a happy blur of volunteer recruitment and beers and basements. Next stop New York in the fall – just stunning. So many hills and trees and bends in the road that I feel like I’m in a completely different country! And now, as the wintry weather really sets in, I get to go back to the glorious warmth of the Caribbean for a month or two. Bliss. Big thanks and much love to everyone I’ve met and re-met this summer and see you all again somewhere in the world sometime.

Speaking of new friends made, and old friends revisited, the Haiti picture used in this post is by another former All Hands Volunteer, and good friend of mine, Keely Kernan. To see more of her award-winning shots click here.


About Jess UK

Fell in love with the crazy, inspiring, all-or-nothing world of disaster response and the wonderfully ridiculous, hard-working people who are drawn to it. Currently working in the Philippines as part of the recovery efforts after Typhoon Washi/Sendong! Want to know more? Check out disasterchasers.wordpress.com.


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