The Haiti Blogs

The Haiti Blogs: My Journey of Hope and Rediscovery – Pt 11 “Afterthoughts”

By Hal Eisenberg February 23, 2014 “Up the steps of the church, through the fields in the dirt, in the dark I have seen, that the sun still shines for the one who believed.” – Bon Jovi I have a few “thinking spots” in NYC that I like to visit in order to gather my thoughts. Some of them are obvious and many people – especially the ones close to me, know the places I escape to. The Brooklyn Bridge Promenade, the [...]

The Haiti Blogs: My Journey of Hope and Rediscovery – Pt 10 “Home Sweet Home”

By Hal Eisenberg February 22, 2014 I worked very late last night transferring footage onto our external hard drive, so even though I am excited and a bit anxious to return home (my conflicting feelings continue internally and quietly), I am very exhausted and feeling a bit disconnected from myself. There are still things I will need to get off Kishner’s camera when we get back to New York, but I have almost all our material. The footage we took is [...]

The Haiti Blogs: My Journey of Hope and Rediscovery – Pt 9 “Let’s Take The Long Way Home…”

By Hal Eisenberg February 21, 2014 I awoke prior to sunrise this morning with an excitement that was two fold. Almost as if I have split personality, the town bell symbolized it was time to begin our long journey home, but my enthusiasm wanted me to run up the hill to the school that impacted my life so deeply just a day earlier. I wanted a taste of Paradis Des Indianes one more time, as I knew I would be back, [...]

The Haiti Blogs: My Journey of Hope and Rediscovery – Pt 8 “The Universe Unfolds As It Wants”

By Hal Eisenberg February 20, 2014 I awoke this morning with some apprehension and anxiety about today’s events. I go to sleep tonight a changed man, astounded by what a difference one day can make in someone’s life. Today is one of those quintessential days that you will sit back and reflect on, realizing you are not in control, but it all of a sudden makes sense. It is in that thought and realization alone that fills my existence with [...]

The Haiti Blogs: My Journey of Hope and Rediscovery – Pt 7 “Chapter 2 Page 1 – “Homesick”

By Hal Eisenberg February 19, 2014 If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around does it make a sound? If the highest level of achievement in a remote village is becoming a teacher, does a child know how to develop other dreams and passion? If you are staring out of a hole in a cement wall used as a window, staring into another run down structure that appears empty with some debris, and wondering about your friends and [...]

The Haiti Blogs: My Journey of Hope and Rediscovery – Pt 6 “A Real Blessing”

By Hal Eisenberg February 18, 2014 Last night after dinner we had our usual “reflection” with Joe, Patricia, and the team – moments I am beginning to truly look forward to. This conversation in particular was a very detailed and informative discussion on the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, how it functions, as well as its own particular leadership challenges. It was explained quite graciously by Joe and in a way that helped me to truly comprehend the church. (Almost like [...]

The Haiti Blogs: My Journey of Hope and Rediscovery – Pt 5 I Feel Like a Rock Star

By Hal Eisenberg February 17, 2014 I am taking a break from a very extensive and exhausting day. Finally there is some tranquility to search my thoughts and process these moments as I am hiding out in the back of the rectory and sitting on these stone steps. Through the palm trees and looking far down the mountain side and out into the crystal blue Caribbean Sea, one may think for a moment that we were on vacation or at a [...]

The Haiti Blogs: My Journey of Hope and Rediscovery – Pt 4 We Live Like Kings

By Hal Eisenberg February 16, 2014 Today was another beautiful day of cultural blessings and filming. I am currently beyond exhausted (seems to be a common theme within this blog), even though we have stayed put in Carre Four Sanon. I woke up and took a cold shower. As a matter of fact, it is my 2nd day of cold showers. Hot water is a luxury and water supply is limited. Due to the fact that many have to shower, you [...]

The Haiti Blogs: My Journey of Hope and Rediscovery – Pt 3 Carre Four Sanon: Wherever You Are Is Where You’re Supposed To Be

By Hal Eisenberg February 15, 2014 As I lay here at 8:26 pm it feels like 2 am, and quite honestly it is going to be difficult to find the words to describe today, as well as the personal and professional impact this trip to Haiti is having on my soul. I am sure the reader of this blog, and those of you that I will sit down with face to face in order to share my personal account, will probably [...]

The Haiti Blogs: My Journey of Hope and Rediscovery – Pt 2 The Port Au Prince Experience

By Hal Eisenberg February 14, 2014 Exhausted and sore, I cannot find the energy or words to write the myriad of emotions I felt as we touched down in Haiti. On only one-hour sleep, and hours of shoveling feet of snow, I am in 90-degree weather and it is hot and humid. From watching our plane delayed for de-icing in New York, to spending four hours on the plane writing and choreographing tonight’s fashion show, to tearing off the layers [...]