Caroline Poppell, a native of Darien, Georgia first came to Haiti in March 2010, just under two months after the earthquake devastated the nation. She had never seen poverty to this extent and was struck by the resilience of the Haitian people despite the odds stacked against them.
It was on this trip that she saw a young boy walking down the street holding a string that was pulling a milk carton with four bottle caps for wheels. The boy was so proud of his toy car, beaming ear to ear as he pulled his milk carton on a string. This image changed Caroline's life; nine years later, she lives in Leogane, Haiti where she runs a non-profit organization inspired by that young boy.
Milk Carton on a String offers members of the surrounding communities dance, music, creative arts, and adult literacy classes and a weekly book club. Caroline believes that every child has a God-given right to dream and it is her goal to create safe environments where kids are free to explore, dream, and create.