A few days ago, I received a shocking email from my dear friend Burning Man campmate, art teacher Ann Clark.
You may remember Annie from the Plastic Footprint Project that she organized with her students to bring awareness to the problems of plastic pollution through art. After retiring from teaching, Annie made several trips to Haiti, first to help build a school and next, to do art therapy with abused/neglected children. During her stay, she became aware of the huge problem of plastic waste in that country.
This month, she returned to Haiti to continue her art therapy work and also help solve the plastic pollution problem. We had a great Skype chat all about her plans, and she sent me lots of pictures to share on this blog from previous trips. But life intervened, and I hadn’t had time to post those pictures and tell you about her latest project. Then, a few nights ago, I received some very sad news. After arriving in Haiti earlier this month, Annie and her team were ambushed on the road. Annie was left badly injured and the driver killed.
I still want to share Annie’s amazing pictures with you and tell you the full story. But if you would rather skip down to the part about all the ways you can help, please click here.
Building a School
In 2015, Annie went to Haiti to help build a school in the town of Julie through the organization BuildOn.
The Haitian community was so excited to get a school in their town! (I wished my American students were so excited to have a school!) Previously children in Julie had to walk 2 hours each way, up and down mountains to get to and from school. As you can imagine, most did not go. We built that school with the understanding that education can cure poverty. We worked hard, cleared rocks, dug trenches, made and hauled cement, hauled rocks and started the footings. We worked side by side every day with