Catching Up With Danielle

Bonswa! Good Afternoon!

I thought I would use today’s post to talk more about my job as Media Coordinator and what I’ve been up to this last month. I think the #1 question that I get asked is, “So, what exactly do you do?” I am so lucky that I’m able to work in Haiti at Brit’s Home and at our OC, the headquarters in Worcester. Everyone I work with is so passionate and dedicated to this incredible organization. It is definitely a family atmosphere and I’m so happy to be a part of it.

As many of you may know, I am in charge of our social media platforms (go follow us!) While I’m in Haiti I am constantly taking updated photos of our children, staff, and community. Sometimes I'm even pulled into pictures :) The above picture was taken at our Becker Staff Graduation! I also take special photos and videos that are specifically for our Child Sponsorship Living Room pages. (Interested in being a child sponsor? Email Kate@belikebrit.org for more info) Then when I’m in Worcester, I am still updating our social media, but also helping the team with any projects and events.

We just had our 8th Annual Golf Tournament on June 4th – on my 25th birthday! It was an awesome event. So many people showed up in the rain to golf. Even though it was very cold and rainy, I loved taking pictures on the course and couldn’t wait to share them with the team and our social media followers. At the end of the event, the OC team surprised me with a cake and they all sang happy birthday to me! I was so thankful and they were so thoughtful to do that for me! As we were leaving, Cherylann said, “Sorry you had to work on your birthday!” but honestly it was the best way to spend my day and I was so happy to be part of the fundraiser.

When I am in Haiti, It is usually for 3-4 weeks at a time. I want to make sure I have enough time to capture enough footage whether it is birthdays, worship, school activities, a special holiday, house blessings, or just beach days. Candids are my favorite to take. I try to take pictures and video that will make our followers feel like they were there in that very moment. House blessings are my absolute favorite. Each family we build for has a new and different story to tell. No 2 weeks are ever the same. When I take pictures at the dedication, I always look for the unique, stand out moments. For example, when the family is expressing their gratitude for the house, the team hugging the family, or when they open the door for the first time, to their very first home!! It doesn’t get much better than that.

My week is a little different when we don’t have Britsionary teams. I spend a lot of time working on special projects with Francky, one of our Haiti Britsionary Coordinators. A few weeks ago we did a special video about the Grand Goave market (go check it out on our Facebook or Youtube page!) We also have been visiting and interviewing families that Britsionary teams have built homes for. Those videos are coming soon! One project that I decided to do was document our kitchen staff. Our first shift gets to Brit’s Home at 4am every day to prepare breakfast for our 66 children and staff. I love all of them and I wanted to recognize their hard work. One morning I woke up early and followed them around with my camera. I’m hoping to have that video up soon too. So many fun projects! There are always stories to be told!

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