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REAL. LIFE. Exhibit remembers anniversary of Haiti earthquake

by Megan Streng | Dec 05, 2013

(PORTLAND, Ore. January 6, 2011)—At the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, Medical Teams International offers special opportunities for visitors to the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit to experience what life is like for people in Haiti after the disaster.

In the newly opened multisensory Haiti earthquake vignette, visitors can:
◦Stand in the rubble at an intersection in Haiti’s capital and feel the immensity of the destruction.
◦Meet Augustina, a widow, who lives with her five children in a tent made of tree branches, sheets, and a tarp. More than one million people still live in tent shelters one year after the earthquake.
◦See the drawings of children who watched family members die in the quake. Hear their voices as they try to recover from their trauma.
◦Share the REAL. HOPE. that volunteers from Medical Teams International continue to bring to thousands of people affected by the earthquake.

Since the earthquake, Medical Teams International has shipped medicines and supplies valued at $9 million, sent more than 170 medical volunteers, and served more than 445,000 people affected by the disaster.

The REAL. LIFE. Exhibit is free and open to the public. Visitors can drop in during Open House hours from 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 9, Jan 16, Jan. 23, Feb. 13 and Feb 27. To visit during the week, Tuesday through Friday, visitors should schedule a tour by booking online at or by calling 503.624.1216. The exhibit welcomes groups, including schools, churches and civic groups.

The exhibit location is 14150 SW Milton Ct, Tigard, OR 97224

Other vignettes in the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit allow visitors to step into:
•A medical triage clinic at the New Orleans Convention Center after Hurricane Katrina.
•A room with a 25-foot tsunami wave, along with drawings by children who survived.
•A Ugandan camp for people displaced by brutal rebel fighting.
•An African village where HIV and AIDS has ravaged the community.
•A Mexico garbage dump, where people live and scavenge for their livelihood.
•A Romanian placement center for orphans and abandoned children.
•A burn unit in a Moldovan children’s hospital.