The question I keep getting asked is, “how was Haiti?!?!” It is always enthusiastic and with a smile, like I am going to respond back with an, “AWESOME!” or “SO GOOD!”. The reality is that the situation and even my time there wasn’t either of these things. The widespread destruction can be summed up in the word I found myself saying over and over and over throughout the trip, “unreal”. Driving through Port-au-Prince is like driving through a war zone or a movie. With the way our media is you might think that Anderson Cooper might just be finding the worst spots and simply reporting on them.

The problem really is that EVERYWHERE is the worst spot.

Here are just a few video stills from our initial drive through downtown Port-au-Prince.ss2ss4ss3screen-shot-1ss5The coolest part of our time in Haiti was hanging out with the kids. Where ever we went, we’d be followed by a small mob is children. These kids LOVED getting their photo taken and thought it was the coolest thing ever to see the photo right after I took it. Here is to the kids who have lost brothers, sisters, moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas. Their upbeat spirit was incredibly encouraging. blogkids1This kid was poking his head under the gate trying to get a look while we passed out tents. ss6blogkid11Two girls sat outside of their destroyed school.ss7blogkid2blogkid6This girl napped on a small stool during the heat of the day under just a bed sheet for covering.blogkid5blogkid7blogkid3blogkid8blogkids9blogkid101This lady was so excited to get a tent that she literally started dancing. Can you imagine being that excited for a tent?
These people are desperate. How are you involved?ss9ss8The problem is not over and it won’t be long after all the media has left and turned away to other issues.
Please find a way to help if you can. I can’t stress this enough.

Photographed in Haiti.

  • Kip said:

    Thank you for sharing yourself and these images.

  • Jeff M said:

    well shared bro

  • thank you for that little peek. fourth shout with the chairs is insane. such beautiful people with so much to overcome. thank you for doing something!!!!!

  • stephen said:

    crazy. yeah, this isn't going away. It feels like there's nothing we (as individuals) can really do to affect any change, but we have to try. My wife's told the people we've invited to her 30th b-day to not bring presents, but instead $30 each that we can give to Haiti or purchase tents to send.

  • Thanks for sharing Benj. What you said is right on. Just do something. It frustrates me when people ask, "what can I do". Just find something that would be helpful and do it. Nothing is too small in this situation.

  • blake said:

    i find it hard to tell you "wow these are great!" for the same reasons as you began this post with, but your images are very moving, and i am sure the entire experience was for you as well.

  • Aubrey said:

    thanks for sharing benj. I don't have a tv so I've missed out on all the news coverage. I'll keep praying for the people there. I love that kids are so resilient. I hope their spirits affect all of those around them!

  • BethanyAnne said:

    wow benj. Thanks for sharing these images with us.

  • Shaina said:

    Wow. I don't think I could do that. I don't think I could go, let alone take pictures. It's just so heartbreaking. I'd want to bring back every kid I saw. Thanks for being willing to go and be used.

  • Stefano said:

    Tragedy and Hope all in one riveting post. Thanks for sharing and thanks for doing something about it Benj. The world needs more people like you.

  • ryan flynn said:

    it's nice to see hope, and some smiles, amongst all that destruction.

    good reminder, too, that the problem doesn't end when the Media leaves. too often that's when we the public stop caring.

  • Cliff said:

    Very righteous of you Benj. Scary stuff out that way, it's nice to see you could help out.

  • Carrie said:

    Benj, thank you for capturing the heart and struggle of these beautiful people. God has clearly anointed you to share His heart through pictures. I've passed along your link to a few friends here at World Vision... I wanted to make sure I didn't hide you under a "bush". Your light is bright, and we are blessed to have you shine on us!


  • Michelle Dyer said:

    Benj, these pictures are incredible. I'm passing your link along to friends and family who might like to help! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • rich said:

    good work, keep tellin it.

  • Nicole said:

    What beautiful little kids, so sad.

  • julie h said:

    it makes me smile to see them smiling. especially the black and white of that boy. you can almost hear him. :)

  • Kat Braman said:

    the images I've seen from Haiti have been so so heartbreaking. It gives me hope that you were able to capture some happiness in the faces of the children.

  • Ali said:

    Ben, you have s beautiful story about humanity with these images. They are beautiful, painful, and honest. Thank you for sharing these with us.

  • Danielle said:

    Hello Brother. You should definitely consider submitted the girl on the stool to some national publications. I think it speaks a lot and should be seen by this whole country. Love ya bro...glad you are safe! DH

  • Cameron Birk said:

    Been there and yes its that bad, all the time. I cant imagine it after the earthquake. Great photos Benj, I agree with DH, send some in....

  • Brooke said:

    Benj, you have captured a reality that is heart renching. Your photos make me cry and my heart goes out to Haiti...those beautiful children. Thank you for allowing God to use you in such a mighty way...He's not done Benj! Thank you for sharing.

  • Thank you for this, your service is inspiring.

  • Mike Brown said:

    Way cool - to me these tell the true story of what is going on in Haiti through the faces of the kids. Great Pics Ben!

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  • I have said it before and I will say it again. I think it is super rad that you went over there with a purpose. You stepped it up and did some real good with the time you were there. It takes a special person to take their time and effort and use it to truly give back and make a difference... instead of just talking about it. I already think you are quite inspirational as far as photogs go... but know I get to add you to my list of straight up inspirational people. YOU ROCK DUDE>>>

  • Such a touching post. I'm so glad you brought smiles to their faces.

  • Amazing photos... sometimes so sad and desperate, and sometimes so joyful and happy.

  • Ellie said:

    Wow, just wow. Thank you for capturing these and spreading the unseen stories! Wow, just breathtaking.

  • morgaine said:

    benj, these images are full of truth. it's not often that i say that about photos. usually i think photos tell the story that the artist wants the image to tell, but these... there's a whole lot of other-worldly truth. great photojournalism, my friend.

  • Kassia said:

    You are wonderful! It's so great that you went to Haiti and brightened some people's lives up. Giving them a reason to smile.
    These are beautiful photographs and what gorgeous smiles those kids have!

  • Ben you are an inspiration in both your work and the person that you are. Thank you for sharing this. I am inspired. I am touched and moved. I too will go do a bit more. Your words ring too true not to go make a difference right now.

  • bridget said:

    totally inspired. and so touching. and so raw. those poor people. glad to have found your blog from marina's tweet post. love your stuff.

  • minato-alvin said:

    Charles Henri Baker (born June 3, 1955) is a Haitian industrialist and former Haitian Presidential Candidate. Baker was a candidate for president in Haiti's 2006 election. He initially billed himself as an independent and allied himself with the Komba de Chavannes Jean Baptiste and Evans Lescouflair party.

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