Posted by: mytriptohaiti | September 19, 2011

Preparing for Haiti

I’ve traveled quite a bit over my 34 years. Most of the United States and Canada covered alone, in my first car – a hand-me-down Toyota Corolla hatchback gotten at age 18. Less than ten years later, I said goodbye to Lola and the 100,000+ miles we’d traveled together. The evergreen saddled mountains of Vermont, the side streets of New Orleans and everywhere in between.

Many moments today, flashes of train rides in Europe and flights over islands played to the tune of ‘My Favorite Things’ as I envisioned my skirt billowing with the Swiss Alps winds. But I don’t think the wind will blow the same way in Port-au-Prince.

And I’m nervous. I don’t recall a time I’ve been nervous to travel, to fly, to charter a territory unknown. Perhaps the idea of the state of the country is unsettling and unnerving. Not to mention the notion that I surely won’t be able to help as much as I’d like. But I am going to help. I’ll visit Jamie and Ali and follow the minutes, the hours, the days that have made up their many years in Haiti. And I’ll bring it back. And that is going to help.



  1. Safe Travels Vlee! Can’t wait to read more about your trip!

  2. lady,

    1. i love you. so much that it almost rips me open.
    2. you are an amazing, loving, kind, brave (!!!), incredible, and every-other-positive-adjective woman.
    3. i am SO proud of you.
    4. the spirit and love of SO many people will be going with you on this trip.
    5. a very wise woman once said to me: “when you need, give.”

    love you.

  3. Is this the Jamie and Ali that were featured in the Boston Globe and are from massachusetts? I read the article earlier this year….good luck! You will do great!

    • They’re from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, actually.

  4. I think trying to help those women is admirable in the extreme. “A hero is a person who does what she can.” Go forth and help, you’re an inspiration. Best of luck, all the way from London UK.

  5. My thoughts and prayers will be with you! Best wishes for a safe and fulfilling trip. I admire your sense of adventure and willingness to give so much of yourself to help others! I hope that you get back as much as you are going to give. Rock on!:)LA

  6. Don’t forget: You picking up your life and traveling so that you can help and be a witness of what’s happening in Haiti is SO AMAZING. I am so happy for you and proud of you for doing this. You inspire me to be a better person!

    ❤ ❤ ❤

    I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back!!

  7. Have a wonderful, amazing, and SAFE trip. We’ll all be thinking of you!!!!

  8. The Haitian people are a warm and loving people despite the hell they’ve been through these past centuries.
    Go forth and enjoy helping.
    Remember, you’re a hero.

  9. You are going to have an amazing adventure. I support amazing adventures. And can’t wait to read about yours.

  10. Praying for you, Vivian. Thank you for being a woman of conviction and showing the community around you what true humility and service looks like.

  11. You are going to ROCK in Haiti and have some fun too!

  12. What an amazing woman you are to do what you’re doing! This trip is going to warm your heart and change you forever in wonderful ways!

  13. You are an insipration to others. Do not be afraid for he goes before you and he will use you in mighty ways!

  14. I love you, my beautiful friend.

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