January 21, 2010
Henry Abbott of TrueHoop posted a must-read story about exhausted Haitian-Canadian Philadelphia 76ers' center Samuel Dalembert's comments on returning from quake-hit Haiti Wednesday night.
Here's video (via NBC Philadelphia) of Haiti's NBA celebrity spokesperson, advocate and benefactor breaking down in tears while discussing the frustration of trying to get orphaned children adopted:
Wow. Heavy heart.
But believe it or not, there is some good news. Like this story from Jaimee Rose of The Arizona Republic:
It took three years, two NBA stars, an earthquake and a thousand prayers, but on Wednesday, a Gilbert family welcomed a new son and brother: 7-year-old Evens Paul, a timid, brown-eyed boy from Haiti. [...]
To leave Haiti, Evens Paul needed an escort, and the Gorackes couldn't get there fast enough. Instead, Evens Paul was picked up by former NBA star Alonzo Mourning(notes) and Samuel Dalembert(notes), a Philadelphia 76er center, who were in Haiti volunteering with the Project MediShare relief group. They took him to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti for paperwork and then made a quick stop on the way to the airport to meet with Haitian President Rene Preval and offer their support.
On the flight to Miami International Airport, Dalembert, a native Haitian, talked to Evens Paul in Creole and explained what was happening. Mourning let Evens Paul play video games on his cellphone and then waited with the boy at customs in Miami until Jason Goracke arrived.