14 weeks, 2,500 photographs, 15 houses built and an experience that has changed the direction of my life. On December 30th I flew to Jamaica in the hopes of having an impact on the lives of the people in Harmons. Little did I realize that they would have a greater impact on me.
I quickly fell in love with the people, their culture and their surprisingly positive outlook on life. Don’t get me wrong, life in Harmons is hard, very hard but the Jamaicans live one day at a time and worry about tomorrow when it comes. In Harmons families are tight knit and sharing with others is crucial for survival. Life is difficult but I was constantly surprised by their jokes, laughter and willingness to give, even to me.
After reflecting on my experience for the past 2 weeks I’ve realized that these people took me in like family. They invited me into their homes for dinner, looked out for me on the streets and answered all of my, probably annoying, questions. When it came time to leave I wasn’t ready. I had found a new home.
I have been invited back to Harmons for the summer and with only 4 weddings booked my schedule couldn’t have worked out better. Each member of the summer staff team needs to raise $2,000 in support to cover travel expenses and basic living costs. If you would like to help support me this summer please click HERE. It’s going to be a another great summer in Harmons!