I find it's easier to connect to a person, story, or situation when you can put a face to a name. Here are just a few of the sweet, sweet faces from Haiti.
Let me introduce you to Oxilous, aka Freebird. He is the second youngest camper and I pretty much fell in love with him the minute he stepped off the bus at Kaliko. He is deaf and doesn't really speak. He definitely understands sign language and body language but during Camp Jake we only witnessed him signing once. He was dropped off a week before the first Camp Jake back in January and the returning counselors said his interaction this trip was world's better than the last's. I could just eat him up.
This is Jean... another sweetheart in the group. He is exactly what you would expect of a boy at his age, but was such a helper when given a task and a little direction. He was eager to fit in with some of the teenage deaf boys, also content with the younger guys too. He was so fun to be around and full of energy- I'm definitely already missing him.
photo courtesy of Howe Captivate
There is so much more I could write, and a lot of other campers I could talk about but it would take forever. I'm sure if I have the opportunity to talk to you personally I won't shortchange you on the details!