RELIC FROM A PAST DAY — This photo taken by Mark Bergstrom is just one of the many Montana landscape pictures that Bergstrom is selling to benefit the poverty stricken country of Haiti. Photo Courtesy of Mark Bergstrom
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Mark Bergstrom of Conrad is continuing his relief work for the impoverished, earthquake shaken country of Haiti.
Bergstrom has traveled to Haiti on three separate occasions with the relief organization Project 81, which is a humanitarian organization started by his college roommate and his family.
Haiti is only 600 miles from the United States, yet in a different world. The poverty and destruction is unfathomable. These people endure and persevere through a life that is hard to imagine.
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere with a population of 10 million. Three million of these people are still affected by the earthquake that rocked the country in December.
Between 250,000 to 300,000 were killed by the quake and more than 225,000 homes were destroyed. Over one million Haitians still live in tents, under tarps or under bed sheets in the streets of Port-au-Prince.
While the international coverage of the devastation in Haiti has subsided, there is still much work to be done.
Less than 10 percent of the pledged international aid money has been received and released. To make matters worse, Haiti is prone to hurricanes and this year is predicted to be a strong hurricane season.
Project 81 has raised thousands of dollars to help the country of Haiti and Bergstrom has decided to continue their work and raise money here on the home front.
Through www.mhbphoto.com, Bergstrom is selling landscape photos of Montana and the Western U.S., including pictures of Glacier Park, the Rocky Mountain Front and the Golden Triangle.
You can order prints and matted prints online, with framing done upon request.
Net proceeds go to non-profit organizations doing work in Haiti and around the world. Some of these organizations benefitting include, Project 81, Destiny Village Orphanage and Childfund International.
So if you’re looking for one of a kind photos that accentuate the beauty of Montana check out these pictures taken by Bergstrom.
On top of getting quality prints, you can do your part in helping to end the poverty and devastation in Haiti.