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.
â€œIn 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,â€ Daniel said. â€œI guess I had a heightened interest because I sponsor a child through Worldvision Children â€” and mine happens to live in Haiti.â€
Over the course of a morning and afternoon, a plan started to take shape in Danielâ€™s head.
â€œI thought â€˜Why not go there and help.â€™ It just slowly became what I was thinking about,â€ he said. â€œI started to do some research and make some phone calls.â€
Daniel found an organization then called Hands-On Disaster Response, which was established in 2004 after the Indian Ocean tsunami. The organizationâ€™s efforts were based in Leogane, the city closest to the epicenter of the earthquake.
Danielâ€™s original plan didnâ€™t include Kymber â€” but that changed once he told her about the Hands-On program. She, too, decided to go…