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 its web site, Haven is an Irish non-governmental, non-political organization that focuses on community building projects and other charitable endeavors in Haiti.
 
A large group came last month to build 50 homes, and many of them are staying to help at Christianville, our camp. They do all the cooking. The meals have been superb and varied, surprising given the remoteness of our camp. 
 
When they came, they actually built a bar. They staff it every night, selling Prestige (a local beer), soda and cider. As you can see, it’s an inviting place to wind down after a long day.

Even though lights out is 9:30 p.m., the Irish group often goes much later. Last night, they stayed up singing around a campfire. One woman even performed a fire dance. Unfortunately for me, I called it a night about 11:30 p.m., and they broke out the Irish whisky at about midnight. You know, I was up at 4:30 a.m., so maybe I was fortunate. I know many volunteers here have felt fortunate for the hospitality and humor of the Haven staff.

About Matt Miller

I’ve been shooting Cornhuskers, cowboys and common folks at the Omaha World-Herald since September 2002. I was lucky enough to catch the end of the Tom Osborne era while in college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Any day I get to spend in Nebraska's Sandhills is a good day. If nice light and people (a rare sight in western Nebraska) are tossed into the mix, it’s even better. Shooting photos for the World-Herald offers several challenges: the repetition of sporting events, handling my own feelings at emotional events like shootings and funerals, and handling the wide range of weather we cover in the Great Plains. I’d be happy to share more, but you’ll have to buy me a drink, first. You can see a larger selection of my work at my website.
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