The Night We Re-discovered Our Poster Child

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Oshun Project

One evening during our water filtration system installation trip in April 2013 the team travelled up the road in Rhe, Camp-Perrin so that I could see the main water source location which supplied the system.

We ended at an abandoned church built by missionaries years prior, which I was pretty curious about. As the sun was setting, I nosed around the building while the team called me for come along because the sun was setting and it was getting dark, when I spotted a girl with a familiar shirt reading, “I Do All My Own Stunts.”

I screamed for Darenda, the installation team’s project manager, to come over to where I was standing and see the girl -I scared the poor child with my yelling. Of course, she started to run away from me, until I said “Arrete, arrete!” (stop in French) to get her to stay. It was the girl from the picture which we had been using to promote fundraising for the water filtration system as a poster child of sorts! Darenda, who had taken the original photos and had connected with the child in 2012 when the team first visited Camp-Perrin for the site survey, didn’t even believe it was the girl until I pointed out that I only recognized the child because of the shirt.

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Darenda was shocked that I had identified the girl. So was I, especially because our team back in the US had asked me to find the girl when I travelled to Haiti and I thought that it was an impossible task. As you can see in the photo, Darenda was thrilled to see the girl again. Darenda had also had people in Pittsburg who wanted an update about the girl from the photos taken back in 2012. We found out that the girl’s name is Betany, and she told us that she remembered Darenda. She is a cute as ever, isn’t she?!