Sandra Durdle’s New Book Reveals True State of Haiti Seen Through Humanitarian Mission

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Despite how Haiti’s been portrayed by the press, Sandra Durdle’s “Eyes Wide Open” will surprise people about what they did not know about the country, and a people waiting with quiet dignity for the effects of dictatorship to run its course

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An eye-opening one-week trip with a boy whom author Sandra Durdle had sponsored made her truly realize how materials things in her life did not matter at all. She thought she knew poverty until she visited Fort Liberte, Haiti. That visit was followed by seven more, and now she has an organization named MOJAD that prioritizes help for Fort Liberte’s children. With the complete details of what she has seen and felt of her humbling experience in the face of epidemic poverty in Haiti, she has been compelled to let the world at large see with Eyes Wide Open how it can help the nation rise out of its helplessness.

With Eyes Wide Open, Durdle relates her sponsoring the boy named Alex, meeting his family, becoming part of that family and the community at Fort Liberte. What was supposed to be a visit to meet friends has become a part of something larger, more compassionate, and more necessary. Durdle had no second thoughts doing what she could to help, and it is with this spirit that the book also creates sympathy for the Haitian plight in her readers. The MOJAD program in Haiti will benefit from the sales and other income generated by the publication of this book.

Sandra Durdle starts her narration with her first trip to Haiti in company with her daughter Dania. She went via the land crossing from the Dominican Republic into Haiti. Readers, unless they expected a review of slums and hopeless material poverty, will find a vibrant nation, a fun-loving people who industriously reap the many blessings of the Caribbean and their part of the island of Hispaniola. What becomes apparent is the enervating inhumanity that has been carried bravely by Haitians during the drug-fueled hoodlum regimes of “Papa Doc” and “Baby Doc” Duvalier. It is not a poverty of spirit but a poverty forced upon a significant part of the population countrywide through the most malicious means. Eyes Wide Open is Durdle’s objective report on a proud, quiet people who have no quarrel with the world and is carrying on, waiting patiently and without violence for the time when the effects of dictatorship will have run its course.

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About the Author
Sandra Jane Durdle is a 49 year old mother of three. She was born and raised in Aurora, Ontario Canada. She has been married to her husband Ron for twenty four years. After travelling to Haiti the first time, the author decided to make the plight of the people of Fort Liberte, Haiti a priority in her life. Writing this book will hopefully help her open the eyes of others to the unacceptable conditions that the people of Haiti live in. Also, she hopes to generate enough sales in order to build a clinic in the village of Fort Liberte. She would like to thank her husband for encouraging her on her quest. The author would especially like to thank her mother, Jane Barren Griffith, “Sheena” for all the typing and words of advice while writing the book. Her mother has always taken a great interest in her trips to Haiti and has always been an integral part of raising funds for the family in Fort Liberte. Finally, she would like to thank her friends and family in Haiti for allowing her to tell their story. She would also like to thank them for welcoming her and her daughter Dania so lovingly and making them feel so comfortable in Fort Liberte.

Eyes Wide Open * by Sandra Durdle
A Mother and Daughter`s Unbelievable True Stories of Their Journeys into Haiti
Publication Date: December 12, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 109 pages; 978-1-4797-6379-5
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 109 pages; 978-1-4797-6380-1

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