In October 2011, eight GFP volunteers traveled to Haiti to work in our children's home. This was the first trip for Chaparral school teachers Mary Gilley and Brad Dicus and photographer Jill Richards who joined founder Lori Goldberg, board members Jo Hayslip and Karen Zorn along with Junior board members Maria Zorn and Brit Nilsen. During their stay in Les Cayes, Haiti, the group spent time with the GFP kiddos, visited Sister Flora's home on Ile-a-vache and welcomed two street boys and two neglected dogs into the GFP family.
Weather was a constant problem: the rainy season was in full force and the group witnessed the severe flooding that routinely takes out roads, homes, and crops. They also saw the amazing resiliency of the Haitian people: walking in water up to their knees or standing on chairs on their porches they somehow still had smiles and waves for the volunteers. It is that spirit that keeps one coming back.