If you’re expecting an action-packed drama and a bit of emotion, you won’t be disappointed when the Federated Church hosts a presentation by Leisa Faulkner and Paul Burke, founders of Children’s Hope on Saturday, Feb. 16.
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As part of the city of Placerville’s “Season of Nonviolence,” Faulkner and Burke detail their years of working for and with kids in Haiti after the devastating earthquake.
Faulkner and Burke are working on some of Haiti’s toughest problems. In her blog, “Coalition for Democracy in Haiti-Children’s Hope,” Faulkner described how prosthetics were delivered to kids who needed new limbs. She recounted her experience distributing medical supplies to clinics in tent cities.
“There were streams of women … carrying bundles of diapers, cases of soap and bleach, boxes of first-aid supplies and sanitary good and more — mostly on their heads, to a make-shift tent with a dirt floor,” Faulkner said.
As she packed up for their most recent trip to Haiti in January, she said, “I am jolted … by the realization that the earthquake left nearly 300,000 dead and more dying every day.”
In addition to describing their work in Haiti, Faulkner and Burke will also offer a historical analysis of Haiti. Both Faulkner and Burke teach at the University of the Pacific and Burke also teaches at California State University, Sacramento.
The presentation will be held at the Federated Church, 1031 Thompson Way in Placerville on Saturday, Feb.16 from 1 to 3 p.m.