Monthly Archives: November 2011

For Haitians, help is close, yet so far away

LÉOGÂNE, Haiti — Little Nadhi Adolphe lay slumped in the crook of her mother’s arm, her eyes dull, her feet dangling in tiny black patent-leather shoes as Habitat for Humanity volunteers hurried to complete a weeklong building blitz. Nadhi’s mother, … Continue reading

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Former Omahan becomes Sean Penn’s point man in Haiti

A warning to parents of teenagers who want to serve the poor. They might wind up like 1999 Creighton Prep grad Benjamin Krause (pictured above), who is actor Sean Penn’s point man in Haiti for Penn’s respected post-quake organization, J/P … Continue reading

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Erin Grace: Just the way you like it

I was wrapping up a story and thinking of the myriad loose ends. The beans to be heated up for dinner (again). The facts to double-check. The stripped bed to be made. The e-mails to answer. The umpteenth trip to … Continue reading

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Choosing between evils

Quake-displaced Haitians have so few shelter options that many are moving back into condemned buildings that could cave at any time. It’s estimated that half the condemned structures in Port-au-Prince are now occupied. This New York Times video shows just … Continue reading

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World-Herald: Omaha family changed by adoption

In Sunday editions of the Omaha World-Herald, Josefina Loza profiled the Becker family of Omaha. Amy and Thomas Becker adopted 3 children from Haiti two years ago. Following years of paperwork and long delays, the adoption process was expedited after … Continue reading

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Haiti: Hopeful beyond comprehension

This post was written by Benjamin Krause (pictured above), a 1999 Creighton Prep grad who is actor Sean Penn’s point man in Haiti for Penn’s respected post-quake organization, J/P Haitian Relief Organization. It started as a normal all-staff meeting; my … Continue reading

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Photos from Seven Days in Haiti

Here are links to the daily slideshows from the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Léogâne, Haiti. About 400 Habitat for Humanity volunteers spent a week sweating and building homes. I sweated along with them, but instead of a … Continue reading

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Now what?

Now what? After returning from Haiti to the comfort of home, this question haunts me. Certainly there is a moral obligation to do more. But what and how? To those of you who have been to Haiti: Where best to … Continue reading

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In Haiti, an ending, a beginning

The Habitat for Humanity volunteers who built 100 houses in Léogâne, Haiti, last week have made a start on what organizers hope will be a 500-house development next year. Nebraskans and Iowans were among the volunteers on the Jimmy and … Continue reading

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God bless the Irish

I’ve met many fantastic people this week, but I would be a terrible person if I didn’t single out the Irish. I know, the Habitat for Humanity group is in Haiti this week, but Haven runs our camp. According to … Continue reading

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