After I introduced myself to Rose, the first words I remember her saying were, “Lespwa fè viv.”
My translator, Florence, said it means “hope makes one live.” Florence then shared with me; however, “When you hear Rose’s story, you will know that this means so much more for her.” I looked at my translator quizzically.
Florence responded, “Rose says that ‘if I am breathing, then I am alive. And if I am alive, then I have hope.”
Rose told us her story. Our video crew, translator, and I listened intently. Even in the stifling heat of an August Haitian afternoon, you can’t help but hear the lyrical cadence of Rose’s Creole, even if only a few words are understood.
Jonny, our videographer, sat closest to Rose asking her to talk about her family, her life, and her experiences. Ben, his assistant, donning a well-worn Titletist golf cap and cotton shirt, pointed his camera to capture the scene. Behind Ben, I took notes as Florence translated.
Before January 10, 2010, Rose gave hope to others. Read more about how her life changed...