Haiti February 2010 – One Month After the Earthquake

This is an image taken by renowned photographer Patrick Farrell. Patrick Farrell was one of the first responders to enter Haiti after the massive earthquate of 2010. The devastation he saw left an indelible impression on Patrick. He returned a month following the earthquake and took this picture of children playing jump rope at the Leogane tent city located near Port au Prince, Haiti. To this very day tent cities still remain in Haiti. One of our projects is to show tent dwellers how to repair their hole ridden tents by fusing found plastic bags to their tarps. This simple, cost effective approach also helps reduce plastic garbage bag litter from the streets.

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Tina Cornely is a long standing humanitarian and environmental activist. She is the former Director of Technology of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the former Director of Operations at the Miami Art Museum in Miami, Florida. Ms. Cornely believes that art is healing and revealing. In her own words, we can express with art what we cannot express with words. When we use art to teach others, we help increase their critical thinking skills exponentially. Art can also be a means to generate a revenue source. And when you make art out of trash, everyone benefits.

7 Comments to “Haiti February 2010 – One Month After the Earthquake”

  1. Johana says:

    thanks for the insights your post gave me 🙂

    • Tina Cornely says:

      You are very welcome Johana! We feel it is important to share these types of stories as well as the simple solutions available to us. Living a balanced, healthy life is not as unattainable as many believe. We value your feed back and appreciate your interest in what we do.

  2. Tina Cornely says:

    You are welcome! The work I am doing started off as an interim project when I was able to pull myself away from my demanding job. For years I would spend my vacation time travelling to orphanages and teaching them how to become self sufficient by embracing environmental matters. I am now dedicating myself to this work full time. I went to Haiti in April and Bamako, Mali in June. The interesting thing is I always learn something new from the places I visit and then I share this knowledge with the other orphanages I visit down the road. I also always double back at the places I have visited so I can follow up on their progress and tweak some of the projects if necessary. Currently I am working on creating an energy source that is made from household items. This device will provide lights and a power source to charge cell phones. Interestingly enough many poor villagers who do not have electricity or running water DO have cell phones. Unfortunately charging them is a problem just as reading at night is a problem. Stay tuned as I will be uploading a video tutorial on this project soon. Everyone should have access to free water and electricity.

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  4. I have to voice my appreciation for your kind-heartedness for folks who really need assistance with your concept. Your special commitment to getting the message across turned out to be surprisingly good and have continually enabled those much like me to arrive at their objectives. The insightful help signifies a lot a person like me and further more to my office workers. Thanks a lot; from all of us.

    • Tina Cornely says:

      Dear Elenore: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful comment. I am not sure how you found about what we do at Bridging Humanity. Nonetheless, it is truly appreciated. The world today has become a bit callus to the suffering and misfortune of others. Bridging Humanity has a special focus on helping orphans. But in reality, we strive to alleviate the pain and suffering of everyone who is down and out. Please click on the “How to Help” page and take a look at some of our videos. I have been working hard to add videos with helpful tips that show others how to become self sufficient and take care of the ennvironment at the same time. Kind regards, Tina Cornely.

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