By Adam Mankoski July 14, 2010
Among the army of volunteers already in the trenches at Hopital Sacre Coeur when the “North State for Haiti” team arrived in Milot, was sixteen-year-old, Bay Area teenager, Rebekah Ryan.
Rebekah, who begged her mom to send her alone to Haiti after the January 12 earthquake, shook the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, is an enthusiastic, one-woman relief aid organization, ready to dive into tending wounds, clearing rubble or sanitizing drinking water.
But her mom laid down the law when Rebekah got the aid-work bug. “I am not, not, not taking you to the airport,” was Dr. Katie Ryan’s natural parental response to her daughter’s call-to-action. Katie pulled a “mom” maneuver on Rebekah, citing dangerous conditions and sketchy accommodations in her refusal to sate her teen’s inner-aid worker.
Read more of the article from anewscafe.com: To Haiti and Back: A Family Affair.