This is a wonderful book about survival through love and connection. I just love books with this theme.
In January, 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people and paralyzing the country. There are many people who wanted to do something to help these people as they saw the footage over their television. Catherine Porter was one such person. So, she decided to make the trip to Haiti herself to see the devastation.
Minutes after arriving to Haiti, Catherine who was a new foreign correspondent with the Toronto Star found her first story in that of a miracle child. A two-year-old girl survived six days under the rubble and emerged virtually unscathed. Her name was lovely.
Lovely was reunited with her family. Catherine went to see them. It was a dismal scene. Her parents, brother, and four other family members were living in a dark, crudely built shed that flooded whenever it rained. Lovely wanted to go to school. But she couldn’t because the tuition money her parents have been saving was lost in the disaster, including all their possessions.
The cardinal rule of journalism is to remain objective when you are writing a story about some event. But Catherine broke that rule right away when she met the family. She enrolled Lovely in school and paid for it with money she and readers of the Toronto Star donated.
Over the next five years, Catherine continued to pay the family’s medical bills and paid for the family’s education. The family eventually moved to a new home. They were setbacks. But she continued to help Lovely and her family. This gave the family hope. Catherine vowed to make a difference in one family’s life and gave hope to many others.
I loved this book! It is possible to rebuild after a devastation like the one in Haiti, one day at a time and one kind gesture at a time.