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Erin Grace

About Erin Grace

She's a World-Herald news reporter who covers an array of topics -- education, government and issues affecting women and children. She's married with three children.

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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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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Haitian dinner

A typical Haitian meal of fried plantains, bread, beans and rice with meat. Much of the food served to Habitat volunteers was brought over from the Dominican Republic for the week. (Photo by Matt Miller) One of the best things … Continue reading

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Veterans Day

Rosalynn Carter consoles Mary Margaret Hornbaker after a joint Canadian and American ceremony for Remembrance Day and Veterans Day on November 11. Hornbaker, from Petoskey, Mich., was emotional during the ceremony because she remembered her late father, who earned the … Continue reading

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The camp

Say what you will about showers in the dark in plywood stalls with only cold water. At least it’s not a ravine. The camp for volunteers is rustic with creature comforts like flush toilets (albeit in plywood stalls). When I … Continue reading

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The World-Herald in Haiti: Roundup of coverage

Nov. 10 • VIDEO: Omaha Don Browers talks about his Haiti experience • Haitian-Americans pitch in • Romanian volunteer seeks to repay kindness Nov. 9 • PHOTO SHOWCASE: Wednesday’s work • World-Herald editorial: Volunteer force did not forget • No … Continue reading

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Tough talker with a big heart

Alan McKenna with the World-Herald’s Erin Grace. (Matt Miller photo) Alan McKenna, a fromer Irish Defense Forces sergeant and head chef here at the Habitat camp, would like me to tell you about his cousins the Boyles, who are brothers … Continue reading

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