Months after select members of the Ole Miss football program visited Haiti on a mission trip, the school released a documentary Wednesday sharing their journey.
Entitled “Living Water,” the documentary captures the 28-person group representing Ole Miss and the help they provided to Haitian farmers in need of irrigation for their crops during the school’s spring break this past March.
For the football program, it was the third in a row its made the mission trip to Camp Marie, Haiti.
“That trip never disappoints in the realm of making you grateful and thankful for what we have here,” Rebels coach Hugh Freeze said. “It is a difficult trip for me the older I get, but it’s worth it to a lot of families and kids.”
Along with Freeze and his family, Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly (who was making the trip for the second straight year), defensive back Armani Linton, and offensive linemen Talbot Buys and Sean Rawlings, along with other members of the coaching staff and athletic department.
“It was amazing,” Kelly said. “You have the opportunity to kind of take a step back and realize how thankful you really are to be here in the United States and have the opportunity to play at a great university. A lot of those kids grow up in a certain situation and they can’t really get out of it. For us, to be able to go over there and put smiles on kids’ faces, that’s what it’s all about. We’re thankful we are able to go there and help them.”
Ole Miss partnered with 410 Bridge, an organization whose mission “enables the self-developing capabilities of the people we serve by mobilizing and unifying the body of Christ through holistic, redemptive, community-centered partnerships” for the trip. Freeze’s own Freeze Foundation also has played a helping hand in Camp Marie’s irrigation growth.
During previous trips, the Ole Miss mission trip group helped dig a well to provide clean water for Camp Marie.
“We are well known in that village,” Freeze added. “They love to see the Ole Miss group there and to see them get fresh water and the joy they have for getting it is pretty humbling. It always ends up impacting us more than it’s impacting them.”
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
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