Voices of Haiti: Jeremy Cowart Photography brings Haiti home

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He’s photographed Britney Spears, Pres. Barack Obama and Switchfoot. When the earthquake hit Haiti, Jeremy Cowart headed to the devastated nation to capture the stories of a suffering, but courageous people through his lens. Now he’s posting these images–one per day for 60 days–on his website Voices of Haiti, and selling the prints. All proceeds go to A Home in Haiti.org

Jeremy asked each person he photographed a very simple question: What do you have to say about all this?

They scribbled answers with black marker on cardboard paper. One man wrote his response on a piece of plywood. They didn’t get a say in having their lives shaken to the core, but Cowart has given them a voice in expressing what is on their hearts. Needless to say, the responses are powerful.

“Where will I go when it rains?” writes a man standing on a pile of rubble where once there might have been a house with a roof. The quake destroyed over 250,000 houses and people fear the pending rainy season. That’s where A Home in Haiti comes in, an action created by Shaun King, pastor of Courageous Church. A Home in Haiti is working to get 200,000 quality, waterproof tents to Haiti as soon as possible. Hurricane season, according to their website, is 58 days away.

Cowart’s images capture a range of realities for the people in Haiti. A man, sitting on a bed with a bandaged, amputated leg holds up his piece of paper: “Having my leg chopped off is nothing. What troubles me is my country’s government.” Cowart comments: “Haitians can get through injury and suffering. But they still need leadership.

A grateful young mother, holding her two children close writes: “The fact that I’m still alive does not mean I’m better than the others. It’s just a gift from God.” Mathieu, who lost two siblings in the quake, is a voice for hope. He writes, even while standing in the rubble: “The earth can shake but Haiti remains in my heart.”

Again, Cowart has proven himself as photographer, as he puts it, “to the stars and the suffering.” I am just so grateful for someone like him who is offering his talents towards this great cause.

Idelette’s note: I didn’t buy one of Cowart’s prints today, but I did just purchase a Eureka Tetragon 5 Adventure 7-Foot by 5-Foot Two-Person Tent for someone in Haiti and had Amazon.com ship it to Shaun King’s Courageous Church. I did my little bit. I hope you will too.

Here are three ways you can make a difference in the lives of the people in Haiti today:

1. Purchase one of Jeremy Cowart’s prints here.

2. Buy a tent to shelter people from the rain.

3. Donate cash to A Home in Haiti.

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