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About Adam Bacher

When your vision becomes a reality, how will you tell your story?

I’m a commercial photographer and photojournalist based in Portland, Oregon, since 1991. I specialize in commercial location photography for businesses. The majority of this work is for architectural, corporate, editorial, and public relations clients, and appears in a variety of print and electronic media. You can view samples online at: www.adambacher.com.

Since 2007 I’ve been taking a month each year to devote my time towards humanitarian missions.

Three trips have taken me to Rwanda, for a project documenting the countries recovery from the genocide in 1994, which claimed the lives of one-million people in the course of 100 days. Images and stories from the places I visited are featured on my blog site at: www.bachersblog.com.

This November, I’m going to Haiti for 4 weeks, to help two non-profits working tirelessly to save and rebuild lives following the earthquake in 2010. As well as donating my still and video images, I plan to create a traveling print exhibit, and a multi-media educational presentation to build awareness and remind us of Haiti’s needs. If you’re interested in project please see this link: http://igg.me/p/44329?a=249927&i=shlk

My commercial work makes this humanitarian effort possible. I exhibit and speak nationally, offering a provocative visual and journalistic insight into contemporary Rwanda and the recovery, reconciliation, and reconstruction of the of the country. This message of hope, peace, and diversity, has been enthusiastically received at peace conferences, corporate gatherings, and in public schools.
Specialties

All aspects of location photography including: Architectural, Corporate, Editorial, People, Public Relations, Travel and Photojournalism.
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Photos of Ravens on Mt Hood

I meant to go skiing when Raven caught my eye, flirting in the trees behind the parking lot at Timberline Lodge.  Were there ten, twenty, maybe thirty?

I watched from the car.  They flew with delight, diving and rising, weaving in and out and around snow covered trees.

At the stand of old growth Douglas Firs there […]

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By |April 18th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Professional photography and your online presence – building trust and connections with clients

A picture is worth a 1,000 words.  Building trust with your clients is priceless. How photography can increase your bottom line.

 

Frequently the first contact prospective clients have with your business is online.  The image you project and the photographs you use can make the difference between them contacting you, or moving on.

Website and social media […]

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By |March 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Photographing Waterfalls in Winter

It doesn’t snow often in the lower elevations of the Pacific Northwest, but when it does opportunity abounds for beautiful photography.  Silver Falls State Park, and the Trail of Ten Falls is a favorite. Ten major waterfalls are accessible in an 8 mile loop, four of them over 100 feet high.

If you’re […]

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By |February 11th, 2014|Landscape, Uncategorized|0 Comments

3 Tips for Better Holiday Photographs

To get results like a pro you need to shoot like a pro.
Here are few easy tips to improve your photography.

1. SHOOT A LOT

Keep the best and leave the rest

A big difference between a professional photographer and an amateur is also a simple difference to overcome and master.  For every shot an amateur […]

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By |December 24th, 2013|Photography|0 Comments

Sunset on Haiti’s Caribbean Coast

When you hear the word Haiti, do you ever think of beautiful sunsets, clean beaches, and warm waters of the Caribbean? Have a stay at the L’Amitie Hotel, twenty minutes east of Jacmel. Count the steps from your room to the beach and a chair under a brightly colored umbrella. Order your favorite drink, have […]

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By |December 5th, 2013|Haiti, Landscape|0 Comments

School Girl in Sunglasses on Motorcycle – Cap Haitian, Haiti

School children on motorcycles are a common sight during the morning  commute in Cap Haitian, Haiti.

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On location photography, Portland Oregon photographer Adam Bacher.

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By |November 8th, 2013|Haiti|0 Comments

School Children in Lory, Haiti.

All of the children at the Lory school, Haiti, were treated today at a mobile medical clinic run by a small team of doctors and medical professionals from the U.S.  For the past seven years the HACAOT medical team has come to Haiti for one week each November.  Over 600 people in the village of […]

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By |November 7th, 2013|Education, Haiti|0 Comments

Why go to Haiti?

When people ask why I keep going back to Haiti, this image frequently comes to mind.

Tomorrow will begin my third trip to Haiti volunteering with local aid organizations.  During the next 4 weeks I’ll be documenting the work of a mobile medical clinic, an environmental restoration project, and a youth program in the slums of […]

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By |November 2nd, 2013|Haiti|0 Comments

Leaves and Graffiti on a Curious Autumn Day

On a photography assignment to document the progress of a newly restored wet land area, curiosity led me into a nearby abandoned building where I found these gems.

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On location photography, Portland Oregon photographer Adam Bacher.

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By |October 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Portland Oregon Skyline with Willamette River

Portland Oregon skyline and the Willamette River, from the east bank esplanade.
With dock and sculling boats.

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On location photography, Portland Oregon photographer Adam Bacher.

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By |October 12th, 2013|Portland|0 Comments

What a goal looks like at a Portland Timbers soccer game

Soccer fans, the Timbers Army, celebrating when the Portland Timbers scored the winning goal in a game vs. the LA Galaxy, on a very rainy Saturday in Portland, Oregon.

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On location photography, Portland Oregon photographer Adam Bacher.

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By |October 8th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

On Location – Photography in Haiti: Mobile Medical Clinic in Rural Village of Dondon

Waiting for care is a photographic essay of people waiting to be treated at a one day mobile medical clinic in the village of Dondon, Haiti.  All the photographs were taken on November 9th, 2011.  This collection of 13 images has recently been accepted to the Social Documentary website, dedicated to using the power of photography to promote global awareness.

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By |October 1st, 2013|Haiti, Healthcare|0 Comments

Sunrise over Sahara Dessert from Airplane Window

Up late editing and I came across this sunrise, taken from the airplane window over the Sahara Dessert on my first trip to Rwanda, September 25th, 2007.

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On location photography, Portland Oregon photographer Adam Bacher.

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By |September 22nd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Johnny Cash Live – Portland Oregon 1992

What makes you feel nostalgic?  How about Johnny Cash? or black and white film? or both?

Lower left image – Johnny Cash singing with his wife, June Carter Cash.

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On location photography, Portland Oregon photographer Adam Bacher.

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By |September 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Photographer proposed to by stranger during photo shoot

My co-photographer, Christa Taylor, was proposed to by a stranger during our photography assignment yesterday for Triquint Semiconductor.

Team members from Triquint couldn’t keep their feet on the ground after hearing the news.

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On location photography, Portland Oregon photographer Adam Bacher.

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By |September 14th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Timbers Army – The Gift of Soccer

“A hero is a kid who accepts responsibility to uplift herself in the most adverse conditions,
maintains herself, and really does succeed in changing her life.” – Boby Duval

The past two years Timbers Army (supporters of Portland Timbers professional soccer team), and Far Post Soccer Supply, made generous donations of soccer balls and apparel for […]

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By |September 12th, 2013|Haiti|0 Comments

Labor Day 2013 – To the workers of the world.

Conductor and Train, ©2013 Adam Bacher

Sixteen Tons: Tennessee Ernie Ford

“Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man’s made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that’s a-weak and a back that’s strong

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store

I was born one mornin’ when the sun didn’t shine
I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
And the straw boss said “Well, a-bless my soul”

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store

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By |September 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Congratulations Graduates!

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Tis’ the season for graduations.  Here’s to the Graduates!
Wishing you prosperity, good health, and success in changing the world for the better.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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By |June 12th, 2013|Life Style|0 Comments

Haiti Mobile Healthcare Clinic

An open stairway climbs the outside back wall of a church in the village of Lorie, in rural northern Haiti. It leads to a low abutting roof, a gap in mason covered wood slats, and a view into the church. In November 2012, the church was transformed into a medical clinic run by the Haitian […]

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By |January 8th, 2013|Haiti, Healthcare|0 Comments

Soccer in Haiti – History in the Making?

El Toro and L’Athletique d’Haiti players on field at soccer match in Pétionville, Haiti.

The larger paths of history are often unrecognizable at origin.  November 10th, 2012, may have been one of those times. The question remains – will the moment be seized now or later.  Either way change is inevitable.

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By |December 11th, 2012|Haiti|0 Comments

Giving thanks to those who protect our freedom

Yesterday, a soldier stationed in Afghanistan made his final trip home – American Airlines flight 1037.  Passengers at gate C-2, Dallas Fort Worth airport, stood in silence when his flagged draped coffin arrived on the tarmac.  They watched as the flag was folded with precision into a thick triangle, and his coffin slowly disappear into the underbelly of the plane. Fellow soldiers held a salute.  Passengers in the terminal held their silence, not their tears.

My three week trip to Haiti felt less important.  I expected death there, but not here, not today.  At the end of the flight I would see my loved ones in Oregon.  He wouldn’t.  My reunion would be filled with joy.  His family’s with sorrow.

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By |November 22nd, 2012|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Veterans in Haiti Provide Medical Relief to Cap Haitian

 

In Honor of 6 extraordinary Vets, on VETERANS DAY – the heart and soul of a 17 member mobile medical team in northern Haiti.  Today they begin a disaster relief mission after severe flooding killed 10 people over the weekend.

Thousands were injured and hundreds of homes swept away.  Three days of Heavy rain drove flood […]

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By |November 12th, 2012|Haiti, Healthcare|0 Comments

Hurricane Sandy in Haiti

Reminders from the 3 days of torrential rain in southern of Haiti are many, compliments of Hurricane Sandy.  A week before striking New York City, Sandy was parked just east of Haiti, sucking water from the Caribbean and dumping it back over the land.  It was worst in the south, with upwards of 20 inches of rain on the vulnerable deforested countryside.  Homes were washed away, crops were whipped out, and cholera spread with dirty flood waters.  The storm killed at least 54 people. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “Sandy caused colossal damage to Haiti’s crops, land, livestock, fisheries and rural infrastructures, leaving more than 600,000 Haitians at risk of food and nutrition insecurity.”

 

Saint Pierre Church after flooding from Hurricane Sandy, Baraderes, Haiti.

In the city of Baraderes, a brown line runs the circumference of the town square, five feet up and clearly visible two weeks later.  Thick mud, stubbornly wet, has yet to go.  It blocks the entrance to the church, clogs the intake for the minority of buildings connected to the cities’ water system, and suffocates what few crops remain in the fields.  Opportunity for replanting is weeks away.  Hunger will soon be rampant if food relief doesn’t arrive soon.  Cholera is spiking yet again.  This is life in Baraderes, fortunate to have lost only one of many lives taken by Sandy.

 
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By |November 10th, 2012|Haiti, Healthcare|3 Comments

Photography in Haiti

For the month of November I’ll be doing humanitarian photography work Haiti.  Tomorrow morning, Sister Denise Desil, a nun from the Little Sisters of St. Thérèse, will pick me up at the Port Au Prince airport.  Founded in Haiti in 1948, the Little Sisters of St. Thérèse is the largest Catholic community on the island.  […]

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By |October 29th, 2012|Haiti|0 Comments

Interior Architectural Photography – Alexander Hamilton Custom House

The historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, in New York City’s financial district, is currently the home of The National Museum of the American Indian. The Customs Service occupied the building from 1907-1973.  A hub for international trade, activity in this rotunda was engulfed with frenetic energy integral to the economic engine of American capitalism.

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By |September 30th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Time Lapse Photography – Pitching a Tent in the Wilderness

With time lapse photography and some whimsical music, even the weariest hiker can look like he’s having fun.

Sometimes getting to camp means going the extra mile -uphill.  Four thousand feet uphill.  It took six hours and six miles of backpacking to reach the base of the Sahale Glacier, in the North Cascades National Park.  The […]

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By |August 16th, 2012|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Disconnected in the Wilderness

The mind’s internal chatter is quieted, miles into the wilderness of the North Cascades National Park.  Completely disconnected from the electronic busy-ness below.  Not a care in the world.  Face to face is the only communication for the coming days.  Pen and paper are steady companions; an occasional deer, a marmot, a mountain goat, maybe […]

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By |August 7th, 2012|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Happy 4th of July

Native Americans and Alaskans account for 1.2% of the U.S. population.
The rest of us are immigrants.   HAPPY 4th of JULY!
 

This woman was one of 1500 patients treated in five days at a mobile healthcare clinic in Haiti, run by the U.S based HACAOT.org.   She comes from the northern rural village of Lorie.  Most of the […]

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By |July 5th, 2012|Haiti, Healthcare|3 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – Healing the Land, Healing the People – Mercy Corps in Petit Bois

You are my brother and I am your brother, fellow man.
Whatever desire comes from your mouth, I will grant,
just as you will grant the desire that comes from my mouth.

– Inscription on clay tablet letter sent by King of Eble to King of Hamazi, late 3rd millennium BC

 

Two brothers in Petit Bois, Haiti, return from foraging in the surrounding hills.  The sticks and branches they gathered will be used for cooking the family’s evening meal.  No longer plentiful, wood is still the primary source of fuel in rural Haiti.

The town of Petit Bois is located in the upper reaches of a deforested valley, two and half miles long and a mile and a half wide. In the broader landscape, it’s but a wrinkle, part of a tangled mix of ridges and ravines – a small piece of the west-northwest trending mountains reaching from Port Au Prince to St. Marc.

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By |March 5th, 2012|Haiti|0 Comments

Portraits of Haiti, Petit Bois – Boy Cools Off

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By |December 30th, 2011|Haiti|0 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – J/P HRO Petionville IDP Tent Camp

One of 23,000 Residents of the JP/HRO, Petionville Tent Camp.

January 12th, 2010 was a typical day in Port Au Prince, Haiti.  The streets were busy, the skies were partly cloudy, the air was humid and the temperature was in the mid 80’s (Fahrenheit).  Life for two and a half million people in the surrounding area moved along like any other day.  Without warning, at 4:53 pm, the ground, buildings, roads, structures, people and animals shook violently for 30-40 seconds.  When the quake ended, over 200,000 people were dead, 300,000 injured and 1.3 million were displaced.  The sun set at 5:30 that evening.  The city was completely dark at 6:00.  It happened in about as much time as it would take you to read this paragraph out loud.

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By |December 28th, 2011|Haiti|1 Comment

Portraits of Haiti – Cow Intestines

In the back of the Point Sande Market, along the Artibonite River in Haiti, a woman hangs cow intestines on a line to dry in the sun.  Citrus juice from sour oranges is commonly used to clean many types of meat, including this – inside and out.  Once dry the intestines are cut up and […]

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By |December 3rd, 2011|Haiti|3 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – Soccer in Cité Soleil

Cité Soleil is the poorest most dangerous area of Port Au Prince.  Twenty years ago Robert Duval went to Cité Soleil and established the Foundation L’ Athlitique d’ Haiti, teaching sports, and providing meals and schooling for many of the children.  Full story to come.

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By |November 29th, 2011|Haiti|0 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – Elder Abandonment

Her face pulled attention for a photograph.  Local vendors and their story drew wonderment.  The old woman often accompanied her daughter, a regular seller at the Pont Sondet market, along the Artibonite River in Haiti.  They arrived in mornings from the northern area of Haiti’s central plateau, worked the market all day, and left before […]

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By |November 26th, 2011|Haiti|1 Comment

Portraits of Haiti – Labadie School Girls

 

 

 

 

 

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By |November 24th, 2011|Haiti|0 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – Battle of Vertières Day

Haiti’s ultimate independence from France was won in The Battle of Vertieres, a site now part of the city of Cap Haitian.  Historians tell that on November 18th, 1803, the leader of the Haitian rebels, General François Capois, mounted a great horse and led the charge against the French army.  In a hail of bullets […]

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By |November 23rd, 2011|Haiti|1 Comment

Portraits of Haiti – Citadel Cistern from Bottom

The Citadel is a fortress built on a mountain top in northern Haiti after the revolution in 1804 to defend against any French attempt to retake the former colony.  Inside are cisterns built to retain enough drinking water to sustain Haitian troops for up to a year.  This photo was taken at the bottom of […]

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By |November 22nd, 2011|Haiti|0 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – Midwife of Lorie Village

Bernadette Joseph is a  traditional Haitian midwife working in the Lorie Village area of northern Haiti.  The following is from an interview I did with her last week.

 

Q: What’s your name and what do you do?

A:  They call me Bernadette Joseph.  When the women are pregnant I deliver the babies.

Q: How long have you been a […]

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By |November 18th, 2011|Haiti|1 Comment

Portraitsof Haiti – What’s Coming Up

The  HACAOT.org mobile medical clinic members (less six interrupters and a Haitian doctor), pose for a photo after 5 days of clinics which treated 1,480 people.  I’m on the far left.

The team is now back in the United States.

Tomorrow is a national holiday. Haitian President, Michel Martelly, will be in Cap Haitian in honor of […]

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By |November 17th, 2011|Haiti|2 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – HACAOT Saves Boy’s Life

This boy arrived to the HACAOT mobile medical clinic in severe respiratory distress.  He was immediately taken from the waiting crowd, and given a nebulizer to open the airways in his lungs (photo below).  A doctor worked with him for two and half hours.  Each time the nebulizer was removed he went into respiratory failure.

To […]

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By |November 17th, 2011|Haiti|9 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – Man with Ice

Portraits of Haiti – Man with Ice

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By |November 16th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – Man at Gas Station

Portraits of Haiti – Man at Gas Station

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By |November 15th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – Man with Cows in Water

Portraits of Haiti – Man with Cows in Water
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By |November 15th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – Cap Haitian 01

Portraits of Haiti – Cap Haitian 01

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By |November 15th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – School Girl in Street

Portraits of Haiti – School Girl in Street

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By |November 15th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – Woman with Eggs

Portraits of Haiti – Woman with Eggs

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By |November 15th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – Man in Street

Man in street with bus

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By |November 15th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Portraits of Haiti – Discipline Bank

Do you need to go to the Discipline Bank?

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By |November 15th, 2011|Haiti|2 Comments

Portraits of Haiti: 2 School Girls from Cap Haitian

 

“We play with little plates and little cooking pots and little cups.
We have little cooking utensils that go in the houses.
We pretend to eat.”
They have tea parties – just like our children.

(click this link for slides and video)

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By |November 14th, 2011|Haiti|20 Comments

Portraits of Haiti: Lorie Soccer Team

In the red shirt holding the ball is the captain of the soccer team for the village of Lorie, 30 minutes from Cap Haitian, and the north coast of Haiti.  He’s one of the 515 people treated in two days in the village of Lorieby a mobile health care clinic, run by the Haitian Caribbean […]

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By |November 12th, 2011|Haiti|8 Comments