Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Parent to Parent: Hannah's Story
A little girl who grew up in an orphanage in Haiti most of her life is now part of a family here in South Florida. But her journey was not an easy one. 7's Lynn Martinez has Hannah's story in tonight's Parent to Parent
Susan Lowenstein: "My husband was reading an article about Haiti and he decided we needed to help, so we filled our plane with food and medicine."
But that mission changed when they met a little girl in an orphanage.
Susan Lowenstein: "This little girl came and crawled across the floor and sat on my lap and it was love at first sight."
For the next six years they traveled to Haiti to visit this precious child.
Susan Lowenstein: "I knew she was supposed to be our daughter."
Then, the deadly earthquake of 2010 struck. Out of the tragedy came hope. A girl now known as Hannah came to South Florida to be a part of their family. But it wasn't an easy transition.
Susan Lowenstein: "Hannah didn't speak English and my husband and I didn't speak French or Creole."
So Susan encouraged her daughter to express herself through art. And something amazing happened.
Bonnie Clearwater: "This was clearly an exceptional young artist."
The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami offered Hannah a scholarship to their summer art program.
Bonnie Clearwater: "She has an amazing color sense, she also has a very strong sense of composition."
The 10-year-old started painting way beyond her young years.
Hannah Lowenstein: "I like painting flowers and boats."
Hannah began telling her story through her artwork.
Bonnie Clearwater: "She started to come out of her shell a little bit more."
Soon after she wrote a book about her journey from Haiti to South Florida called "Hannah Has a Story."
Hannah Lowenstein: "About my life and what I did, sometimes what I did in Haiti and what I did here."
This painting titled Sunflower is currently hanging in the orphanage that was her home for most of her life. Now Hannah is thriving here in the U.S. but she and her parents will never forget where she came from and what it took to get her here.
Susan Lowenstein: "She's an amazing child who we love and adore."
Lynn Martinez: "Of course, part of the proceeds of Hannah's book and artwork go to that orphanage in Haiti."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami:
770 NE 125th Street
North Miami, Florida 33133
Tel: (305) 893-6211