The Sound of Laughter
My experience in Haiti through the Vladimir Bryant Foundation was amazing and all it took was five days for me to fall in love with the country, the people, and the foundation.
There is so much to say about those five days, but my personal experience was mostly affected by an eleven year-old boy named Jonathon, who lived in the VBF home. He has a pretty bad case of cerebral palsy and can’t even support his head. Despite this, he has one of the biggest smiles I have ever seen. All I wanted to do was make him smile. He has so much love and joy to share with the world and I feel so blessed to have had it shared with me. There is nothing I wanted to do more while I was on the trip than to hold Jonathon and make him giggle. It was such a simple thing, yet it brought me so much joy.
I learned a lot from him and from all of the kids in the VBF home. The biggest thing these inspiring kids taught me was that you can always find a reason to smile and share your love. Despite their situations, they still found joy in the simplest things and just wanted to be happy.
I will always have a place in my heart for Haiti and for the kids in the foundation and cannot wait to go back next summer.