07/19/2013 12:54 pm ET Updated Sep 18, 2013

Haiti, HANA and Me: A Medical Mission in Photos

Recently I joined a medical mission trip to Haiti, which was sponsored by Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA). HANA's members are Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners in the U.S. who are from Haiti, so they understand the needs of the people and have the skills to get the work done. I am wary of groups that go to foreign countries and teach the people how to live their lives, instead of simply giving them help to live better how they want. That's why going with HANA, I presumed my work would be put to good use.

HANA is very effective: the organization makes multiple trips each year to Haiti, each to different locations, and on this trip we provided medical treatments to over 700 people who don't have access to proper care, many of them orphans. Orphanages are everywhere in Haiti.

At times the experience was very sad and frustrating, but I tried to take photos that aren't too maudlin, so this blog post wouldn't look like one of those depressing "feed the children" TV campaigns with Sally Struthers from years ago. I have a total of 13 photos and one short video below.

Haiti, HANA, and Me: A Medical Mission in Photos