Couple gets ‘Hands-On’ in Haiti recovery

From The Register-Mail:
A few minutes before Jan. 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 quake struck Haiti…

Daniel and Kymber Beers were just two of the many who decided they had to do something. Daniel is a visiting professor at Knox College who is teaching in the political science department.

“In March of 2010, we were living in Seattle and, of course, I was reading about the quake in the paper and watching all the relief efforts unfold on television,” Daniel said. “I guess I had a heightened interest because I sponsor a child through Worldvision Children — and mine happens to live in Haiti.”

Over the course of a morning and afternoon, a plan started to take shape in Daniel’s head.

“I thought ‘Why not go there and help.’ It just slowly became what I was thinking about,” he said. “I started to do some research and make some phone calls.”

Daniel found an organization then called Hands-On Disaster Response, which was established in 2004 after the Indian Ocean tsunami. The organization’s efforts were based in Leogane, the city closest to the epicenter of the earthquake.

Daniel’s original plan didn’t include Kymber — but that changed once he told her about the Hands-On program. She, too, decided to go…