This post comes to us from WFPK’s Mark Bacon, who is in currently in Washington D.C. preparing for a trip to Haiti.  We will post updates from his trip on The Edit.

I am going to the quake ravaged capitol of Haiti, Port-Au-Prince, with a group from St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Alexandria, VA, my old – and in some ways current – parish. This is my second trip ever to the country. It’s a trip designed to provide assistance in rebuilding Village of Hope school and visiting the children at Little Children of Jesus Home for the Disabled and at Grace Orphanage and School. Currently 11 of us are going. The trip was planned prior to the terrible events in January 2010 in Port-Au-Prince. Our team is eager to help in ways needed. We are currently busy purchasing supplies, gathering donations, and praying for a successful trip. And excited as we look forward to painting (with oil paint!) the schools we visit.   I’ll attempt to provide daily updates on our progress, electricity and computer access permitting.

These two images are from Croix-des-Boquet, Haiti, where I’ll spend several days. It’s part of the countryside in the highlands, near the Dominican Republic border.  As a matter of fact, the DR is in the background of the shot of The Village of Hope, the orphanage and school pictured in the building shot. The other image shows re-building in or immediately outside of Port-Au-Prince. It’s a good shot of what’s going on now, and the type of work I’ll be doing.