CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Dieula and Fresnel Previlon spent their Wednesday afternoon packing for a vacation they’ve only dreamed of taking together.
They stuffed hundreds of t-shirts into suitcases. Mounds of snacks and hygiene products went along, too. All this will soon be going along with them to Haiti.READ MORE: Russ Martin, Longtime North Texas Radio Personality, Found Dead At Frisco Home
“You can never fully forget where you are from,” said Dieula Previlon. “I miss home every day.”
Dieula was just 12-years-old when her family left Haiti. Her husband Fresnel was 6-years-old.
They didn’t go back for decades, but last year when the earthquake hit the country their church sent them to help; but only for a few days.
“It was tough,” Fresnel said. “It was really tough.”
This trip will last nine days. They leave Friday.
While the media’s focus has turned to disasters in Japan and uprisings in the Middle East, the Previlon family worries Haiti has been forgotten.
“Just because the world is not talking about it – we still have to do our part,” Fresnel said.READ MORE: Dallas County Reports 570 New COVID-19 Cases, 10 Deaths Saturday
The family has saved thousands for the trip, and on Friday they will return. But not alone.
This time, they’ll be taking their three boys who’ve never seen the place their parents have talked about their entire lives.
“I want them to experience it,” Dieula said. “To know they’re just like you, they bleed like you, they need help.”
The family, along with other Irving Bible Church members, will work with a group of 400 children.
They’ll be teaching them about physical things such as hygiene, but also less tangible aspects, such as love and faith.
“It might not be a lot, but it will be a lot to them,” Fresnel said.
Dieula echoed her husband’s sentiments.
“My hope for these kids is that one of these little girls will look at me and see another Haitian woman who speaks Creo, who speaks French, who speaks English,” she said.MORE NEWS: Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler Dies At 82
“And they, too, can dream just through my eyes.”