I am sitting in Haiti at the desk of my friend Natacha not able to go outside because of a knee injury. Two days ago I found myself in the middle of a motorbike accident. Someone opened the door of his car when my driver and me were passing by. My knee was in between the car and the motorbike. We drove to the hospital and found out that it was only a contusion. I have to lie in bed for three days. But as long as I will be healthy on Sunday for the elections, everything is fine.
When I arrived in Haiti on Tuesday I went to visit Landa and her siblings at school. They all changed school, to get a better education. It is working well, they already understand everything I ask them in French. To keep up with the level of the school, they get private lessons every day after school.
I have great news: I have just finished my final project for my MA in photojournalism/documentary photography. It is a website with 5 different multimedia stories about Haiti. Check it out: www.alicesmeets.com/haitistories
Also the website of our foundation is online in German as well as English! Have a look: www.vivtimoun.org
I have moved place end of November and live now 2 kilometers from the German border. It is a beautiful little place in which my grandparents used to live when I was small. So it brings up many childhood memories, that’s beautiful.
This year is going to its end. It was definitely one of the most adventurous years of my life. All started with the emotional and heartbreaking earthquake in Haiti, which made friends and me create a foundation for Haiti. I returned 4 times to Haiti this year and met amazing people on my trips. I went to Benin for the first time, danced with Africans in the middle of the night and stayed with a family of a man who had 5 wives, about 32 children and 150 grandchildren. And not to forget: my beautiful holiday in Bali together with my great friend Miranda from New Zealand.
3 different continents and 3 new countries. It was a great year, even though it was full of stress. My plan for the next year is: do it exactly the same but less fast and less stressful. Friends and me are planning a photography workshop for teenagers in Haiti from August to December 2011. If you want to read more, click here or for informations in German click here.