Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | Categories: Documentaries |
The house is on a mountainside, overlooking banana plants and wild bougenvillas, in the poor rural hamlet of Gwo Jan, just outside Port-au-Prince. It survived the earthquake miraculously well. And, sometimes, the electricity works.
The house is home to Carla Bluntschili and her husband, Ronald, Christian volunteers who came to Haiti with three young daughters 25 years ago. And it's home now too to Deyla Antoine Theus, Madame Antoine, a woman they encountered on their very first night in Haiti.
She was the mission cook. She couldn't read or write, but she laughed a lot and she made a mean pumpkin soup.Carla and Deyla became the closest of friends..... And over a quarter of a century, they've struggled together through the joys and hardships of life in Haiti.
And so when the earthquake struck a year ago this week, , and Madame Antoine's home was destroyed, it seemed only natural that she would be invited to live in the house on a haitian mountainside.Which is where David Gutnick caught up with the two friends, Carla with her violin, and Madame Antoine singing.
Here is David Gutnick's story about the couple... In the Same Soup.