Even before the earthquake of 2010, Haiti was considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It’s been five years since the natural disaster, and while vast improvements have been made, Haiti is still a struggling nation. Some Minnesotans want to remind us, not to forget.
“For me going down the first time it was nothing but tent cities down there, ” says Larry Luebben, as he describes his first trip down after the earthquake.
The devastation left behind on January 12th, 2010 was unimaginable. Anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 thousand people died, houses and buildings toppled, and what little infrastructure existed was gone. The tragedy drew Larry’s good heart and helping hands.
“Once you go down to Haiti, you’re kind of drawn in to want to go back,” he says.
And he has gone back. Most recently for the 5th anniversary of the earthquake. Along with him was another person used to making the trip, former Minnesota Viking, Matt Blair.
“I always take the pictures of things that happen and what goes on,” says Blair with a laugh.
He’s not kidding though, photography and philanthropy have been Matt’s way of life since retiring from the NFL. Matt not only played American football with the kids on the trip, he also documented the whole Worldwide Village mission with photographs. They worked in a small town called Williamson. It’s not even on the map. The crew helped build chicken coops to boost the local economy.
“They’re trying to produce a few eggs locally so they can sell to the local vendors so they can make a little higher profit,” says Larry.
Source: KARE 11